MT. BACHELOR, ORE.
Mt. Bachelor is a fickle place. One minute all is well, the next, wind and fog roll in, making this 9,000foot volcano in Oregon’s Central Cascades feel like a backdrop from
Lord of the Rings. That’s not a bad thing. Such environs come with ancient, twisting hemlock forests and 360-degree skiing off the summit. Last season the resort opened the Cloudchaser quad, accessing 635 added acres of blue terrain on the volcano’s southeastern flank—an entirely new adventure for Bachlovers and newbies alike. There’s no lodging, but nearby Bend doesn’t lack for the stuff we all like, namely microbreweries and B&Bs.