Deschutes National Forest
Mount Bachelor is the the most classic example of a shield volcanoe in the Three Sisters area of the
Cascade Range. It's regularly sloping sides makes for some great skiing: people come from all over the
world, put their money down, ski the mountain and stay in the nearby commercial resorts. But it's on
national forest land, so there's great and free cross country skiing to be had around the mountain, too.
And you don't have to choose one or the other. There are some connecting corridors between the commercial
and public ski areas.
The Deschutes National Forest has five cross-country ski areas in the vicinity of Mount Bachelor.
If you want to skirt the edge of the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, and maybe even head into it,
the Three Creek Lake area to the north offers additional loops, including an expert loop out to the lake.
Newberry Crater & Paulina Lake
The Newberry Crater National Monument is a popular destination for both snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.
Mt. Bachelor features 3,365 vertical feet of the best skiing in the Northwest served by 13 lifts.