ALL OPERATIONS SUSPENDED: (MARCH 26, 2020) With the uncertainty of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and our commitment to the health and safety of our staff, our guests, and our community, we will continue to suspend operations. This means we are closed for now, which includes all uphill travel on Mt. Bachelor, but our goal is to reopen as soon as we can. 


Mt. Bachelor’s uphill travel policy has been an ongoing question within the alpine touring community of Central OR. Uphill travel on Mt. Bachelor is CLOSED until further notice. Mt. Bachelor also does not allow private snowmobiling in our permit area at any time Mt. Bachelor operates on public land under a special use permit issued and administered by the United States Forest Service. Under this permit Mt. Bachelor maintains the authority to control access to all land within the permit area, up to, and including a complete closure. Any violation of this closure amounts to trespassing and will be in reported to local law enforcement agencies.

For anyone wondering more on “Why” we don’t open our lots and our resorts:

  • Governor Brown’s executive order has outlined no gatherings of 25 or more, and closure of non-essential businesses. Opening our gates and mountain would be in violation of this state executive order.
  • Our #1 priority is the safety of our staff and guests. We are doing maintenance work on the mountain essential to ensure our return to operations as soon as this situation subsides meaning that there is equipment – like snowcats and snowmobiles – doing essential work.
  • Suspended resort operations is not like an end of season closure. There are hazards, both natural and operational, including avalanche danger, that are not being managed and which are very different at this time of year than our shoulder seasons when we do allow uphill travel. Please do not be the reason that Mt Bachelor staff, Forest Service Law Enforcement, or our already stretched emergency services personnel are put at risk.

Like you, we want to be out recreating. But we aren’t. COVID-19 is bigger than Mt. Bachelor, Bend and our beloved state of OR. Please do your part each day to think bigger about our greater community and resources. Stay home, stay safe and slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can all be out doing what we love sooner rather than later. We are giving all reopening scenarios our daily consideration and IF we can find a solution that properly balances staff safety, skier safety, resort liability and the regulatory environment while providing a valuable service to our snow-loving community, you will be the first to know.

Please check our COVID-19 response page for the latest updates.  

Winter/Spring Designated Routes

Mt. Bachelor's Uphill Travel Policy, which has been approved by the US Forest Service, reflects our commitment to strike a balance between mitigating safety concerns of uphill travel within the downhill ski special use permit area and the reasonable requirements of operating an alpine ski area. Mt. Bachelor's Winter Uphill Travel Policy is in effect as per the information below, except that the Uphill Route will remain closed above the Cinder Cone until the Pine Marten lift opens for the season.

Please check the Current Conditions page (look for the Hike Zone in the Lift Status section) for a daily update of allowable uphill travel.

During the winter ski and snowboard season uphill travel is restricted to the following routes:

The Cinder Cone Route  - Originates at the bottom of Red chairlift and ascends the Leeway run to the saddle of the Cone. Travel is permitted 360 degrees around the Cone. Ascending from West Village, uphill travelers must stay to the right side of the bamboo poles marked with yellow discs running up Leeway. Ascending from the western base of the Cone, uphill travelers stay north of Ed’s Garden run, in the trees off the groomed run. Uphill travelers use caution at all times on the service trail that borders the north side of the Cone. The Cone area is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week during the winter operating season with the exception of active grooming operations and heightened avalanche danger periods. Please check sign on the kiosk located at the bottom of Red Chair for current OPEN/CLOSED status.
Pine Marten Route  - Follow the Cinder Cone route to the saddle between Leeway and lower Ed’s Garden runs. Uphill travel beyond this point is permitted to Pine Marten Lodge only when the signs located on the kiosks are indicated  OPEN (generally when Pine Marten lift is running from 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.). Follow route markers along climbers’ right side of upper Ed’s Garden run and through the trees to the back side of Pine Marten Lodge.
Summit Route  - Hiking above Pine Marten Lodge, via West Ridge to the summit. Travel is allowed only when the Summit lift is operating and the kiosk signs indicate the route is OPEN . After topping out at Pine Marten lodge, you can check the summit route status again via the signage at the bottom of the Northwest Crossover. The route follows the West Ridge only, please do not ascend the cat track access to Northwest lift top.
*Kiosks are located at the bottom of Red Chair and at the compression of the Cone (the uphill side of the Cone where West Boundary merges on to Leeway). Uphill routes may be realigned or removed as circumstances warrant.

Uphill Travel Protocol & Etiquette 

1) Check uphill travel information and status online on the snow conditions page, before leaving for the mountain. Double check uphill travel status by reviewing base area informational kiosk and on-mountain signage before and during ascent

2) Conduct yourself as though traveling in the backcountry. Avalanche and Snow Immersion Suffocation potential exists. Carry rescue equipment, practice safe travel and deep snow safety techniques and always travel with a partner. More information can be found online at:  NSAA Safety Programs  &  Backcountry Access: Learn Snow Safety

3) Follow designated uphill routes.

4) Yield and steer clear of downhill users and ski area machinery, i.e. grooming machines and snowmobiles, until moving entities are clear of your position.

5) Adhere to trail and boundary closures on the descent as well as Your Responsibility Code to avoid conflict with downhill users and ski area personnel.

6) Dogs on leash are permitted only in parking areas at Mt. Bachelor. Practice canine courtesy by cleaning up and removing dog waste. Dogs are not permitted within the ski area boundary, i.e. on ski runs or slopeside in base area.

7) If you pack it in, please pack it out. Help keep Mt. Bachelor and Deschutes National Forest stay clean.


In recent years, Mt. Bachelor and other ski areas have experienced an increase in uphill travelers within ski area boundaries. While uphill travel in the "frontcountry" within the ski area boundary may seem innocuous, it poses safety concerns for ski area operations, ski area staff, uphill and downhill recreationists. During pre-opening, operating hours and after hours the ski area is maintained with heavy machinery, and at times, remotely delivered explosives. For these reasons, uphill travel is not permitted in any fashion at many ski areas
Mt. Bachelor has been granted a Special Use Permit from the United States Forest Service. Mt. Bachelor's policy, which has been approved by the US Forest Service, reflects our commitment to strike a balance between mitigating safety concerns of uphill travel within the downhill ski special use permit area and the reasonable requirements of operating an alpine ski area.

With the addition of the Cloudchaser lift, the former east side uphill route is no longer a safe or feasible route for uphill travel given the large increase in the number of downhill skiers in this area. Consequently, the east side Summit route is permanently closed for the duration of Mt. Bachelor’s winter operating season.