In The Community
Mt. Bachelor and POWDR, a family owned adventure lifestyle company and Mt. Bachelor's parent company, strive to make an impact in Central Oregon by doing amazing things that support the community we serve.
A central piece of Mt. Bachelor's community presence is its charitable giving to local non-profit organizations. Since 2006, when Mt. Bachelor and POWDR first introduced unique local programs that combine discounted lift tickets with cash donations, Mt. Bachelor has donated nearly $1.2 million to Bend and Central Oregon non-profit organizations aligned with our community values of supporting kids and families in need, local economic development, student-athlete academic achievement through the discipline of competitive alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding, and environmentally sustainable practices.
Below are examples of Mt. Bachelor's charitable giving programs.
Mt. Bachelor launched its Charity Week program in 2008. Since its inception, Mt. Bachelor has donated $669,160 in cash to Bend and Central Oregon area non-profit organizations aligned with our community values. Previous beneficiaries include Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children's Forest, Heart of Oregon Corps., Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), Oregon Adaptive Sports, Saving Grace, Sparrow Clubs, The Environmental Center, United Way and several others.
For 2017-18, skiers and snowboarders can buy Mt. Bachelor lift tickets for $43, which are valid to use during select midweek periods in January and April. A total of 1,163 tickets will be available to buy on a first-sold, first-served basis. Mt. Bachelor will donate 100% of the cash collected, totaling $50,000, to participating non-profit organizations in Central Oregon. 2017-18 beneficiaries include:
- Discover Your Forest - for the Deschutes Trail Collaborative
- KIDS in the GAM - to partially fund the Pass Program
- Make-A-Wish Oregon - to grant one person's wish
- Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation - for the purchase of a van
- St. Charles Foundation - to fund expanded access for healthy communities in La Pine
- Sparrow Clubs USA - to fund the Summit High School Sparrow
- The Environmental Center - to fund grants for local school gardens
- United Way of Deschutes County - for a Slate sponsorship
Local non-profit organizations whose mission is aligned with Mt. Bachelor's community values are encouraged to submit a funding participation proposal. Mt. Bachelor accepts proposals each fall. Interested non-profit directors should inquire with Gay Fletcher, Mt. Bachelor's executive assistant via e-mail.
12/2/2017 - TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT
SKI FOR SCHOOLS
Mt. Bachelor launched its Ski For Schools fundraiser in 2004. Since its inception, the program has donated nearly $221,000 in cash for the Bend-La Pine and Redmond Education Foundations.
For 2017, skiers and snowboarders can buy Mt. Bachelor lift tickets for $30, which are valid to use during select midweek periods in November and December. A total of 834 tickets will be available to buy on a first-sold, first-served basis. Mt. Bachelor will donate 100% of the cash collected, totaling up to $25,000, to the Bend-La Pine and Redmond Education Foundations to benefit local students.
11/15/2017 - TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT
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 sold $50,000-worth of discounted lift tickets from 2012 through 2016. All proceeds - $250,000 in total over the five-year span - were donated to the 4 Central Oregon initiative.
Mt. Bachelor is pleased to announce that it will pledge another $250,000, $50,000 per year from 2017 through 2021, to continue its support of OSU-Cascades' initiatives in Central Oregon.
For 2017-18, skiers and snowboarders can buy Mt. Bachelor lift tickets for $63. A total of 794 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Mt. Bachelor will donate 100% of the cash collected, totaling $50,000, to OSU-Cascades.
11/11/2017 - TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT
THE DIRKSEN DERBY
The Dirksen Derby is an annual gathering of Snowboarders, Sit-Skiers, Artists, Musicians, Film Makers, Friends and Family from all around the globe. Located in and around Mt. Bachelor, the weekend-long event consists of three parts: The Kick-Off Party, The Snowboard Rally Race, and The Film Fest. Each unique part of the event is organized by a community of volunteers with one specific goal in mind-to raise money and stoke for our good friend Tyler Eklund. Tyler was a talented local snowboarder who seriously injured his neck at the 2007 Snowboard Nationals and is paralyzed from the neck down. Tyler is still an active member of our snowboarding community and an inspiration to all of us.
Over the short history of the Dirksen Derby, we have raised over $100K for Tyler Eklund, supported our friends who are in need, and donated to local non-profit businesses including Oregon Adaptive Sports. With over 500+ enthusiastic racers and participants providing tons of positive media and social media coverage-the amount of excitement and caring at the Derby is equal to the amount of money raised.
Our sponsors and volunteers give us the opportunity not only to provide Tyler Eklund with a majority of the funds raised during the 3-day event. More importantly, it provides everyone, Tyler included, with incredible memories and friendships to last a lifetime.
RUBBISH RENEWED ECO-FASHION SHOW
Transforming trash and inspiring community for a more sustainable earth. Rooted in a love of fashion, an appreciation of art and a passion for the planet, Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is an annual fundraising event for REALMS Charter School.
Started in 2010, this fundraiser features an eclectic, wearable art runway show (featuring both trash fashion and re-fashioned garments), a live and silent auction, a gallery style marketplace (where contributing local artists sell and showcase their work), the Business Challenge (where local businesses turn their waste into fashion for a chance to win the coveted trash trophy) and local food and drink.
The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show showcases how we “fashion” our lives while lessening waste. Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show fuses environmental responsibility, funky fashion, and community. Join other socially conscious individuals for an evening of sustainable fashion, showcasing styles that the future demands.
We invite you to reconsider the value of trash and celebrate the creative, sustainable spirit of Bend. Trash-fashion: composed of at least 90% material destined for the trash bin. Re-fashion: made from previously used garments and fabric, refashioning tattered, old stuff into stylish new gems.