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In The Community

Ski For Schools

The 10th annual Mt. Bachelor Ski for Schools fundraiser to benefit the Education Foundations for Bend-La Pine and Redmond Schools will run for eight days over the course of two weeks this December!

Skiers and snowboarders can purchase $30 single day Ski for Schools lift tickets and redeem them at Mt. Bachelor during the eight-day event.

Ticket Sale Dates:
November 22-30, 2014 and December 5-7, 2014

Tickets Valid:
Monday-Thursday, December 1-4, 2014
Monday-Thursday, December 8-11, 2014

Tickets must be purchased in advance at these supporting local retailers:

In Bend/Sunriver In Redmond
4 Season's Recreational Outfitters Grocery Outlet (Redmond only)
Mid Oregon Credit Union Mid Oregon Credit Union
La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery McDonald's (Redmond only)
Mountain Supply
Pine Mountain Sports
Powder House
Side Effect
Sunriver Sports

Mt. Bachelor generously donates ALL Ski for Schools revenue back to the Foundations, raising nearly $175,000 to benefit local schools over the last nine years!

OSU-Cascades "4 Central Oregon" Initiative

Mt. Bachelor is a proud supporter of Oregon State University - Cascades' fundraising initiative to expand OSU-Cascades into a comprehensive, four-year branch campus of OSU with its own physical campus in Bend.

To help OSU-Cascades achieve its goal, Mt. Bachelor will sell $50,000-worth of discounted full-day lift tickets each year from 2012 through 2016.  All proceeds - $250,000 in total over the five year span - will be donated to the 4 Central Oregon initiative.


The Dirksen Derby

The Dirksen Derby is held in December. Hosted by internationally renowned local snowboarder Josh Dirksen, the event has raised over $35,000 for the Tyler Eklund Fund in the last 3 years. Tyler was paralyzed in April of 2007 in a snowboarding accident during a practice run for a national championship.  Despite the tragedy, Tyler is back at it and made 3 fast times in the Derby and one the first annual quadriplegic sit ski division. In 2008's Derby, Josh donated a custom made Salomon Sick Stick snowboard as a raffle prize. All the raffle money for the snowboard went towards Cole Ortega, Mt Bachelor Grom Squad member, to help cover medical costs from his surfing injury this past summer. Cole's arm was severed while surfing on the Oregon Coast in July of 2008. We plan to offer the event each year around our season's opening with 100% of the proceeds going towards different beneficiaries.


Charity Contributions

Since 2009, Mt. Bachelor has raised nearly $475,000 through the Charity Ski Week program for Bend and Central Oregon area non-profit organizations aligned with our community values of supporting kids and families in need, student athlete academic achievement through the discipline of competitive alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding, and environmentally sustainable practices.

Additional information about 2015 charity contributions will be announced soon.

The Oregon Special Olympics

The Oregon Special Olympics Winter Games will again be held at Mt Bachelor as it has been for nearly 25 years. Every year we take care of the grooming, course setting, race timing, lunches, coaches, volunteers and even the lift tickets. Watch these amazing athletes in March 2015.

Donation Requests

Mt. Bachelor is committed to supporting events and organizations whose activities benefit the residents of central Oregon. Each season we donate generously to a diverse group of local charitable organizations. Organizations wishing to request individual donations for fundraiser events should visit our donations page for our donations request form. As we receive up to one hundred requests per month, in order to maintain a fair system all requests must be made via this online form. Organizations must have 501c3 tax status and not be affiliated with any religious or political cause.