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.
SKI FOR SCHOOLS
Mt. Bachelor launched its Ski For Schools fundraiser in 2004. Since its inception, the program has donated nearly more than $230,000 in cash for the Bend-La Pine and Redmond Education Foundations.
For 2018, 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 833 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.
Information about 2018-19 Charity Weeks will be announced soon. Information below is from 2017-18.
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.
Information about 2018-19 OSU Cascades fundraiser tickets will be announced soon. Information below is from 2017-18.
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.