DON’T WANT TO pony up $56 for the lift ticket at Mount Bachelor, but still want to spend a ski weekend in Bend? Then embrace the DIY culture and head into the most accessible part of Bend’s backcountry, located across the street from Bachelor’s parking lot. From the Dutchman Flat Sno-Park across Cascade Lakes Hwy, a hike on climbing skins or snowshoes puts you atop Tumalo Mountain, a 7,775-foot conical butte that serves as a secret powder cache for local Benders (first-timers will want to go with someone who knows the trail). With breathtaking views of the Three Sisters Wilderness and at least 600 vertical feet of steeps on the backside, you’ll hardly be left wanting more. Unless of course you forgot your Thermos, in which case you can always race across the street to the lodge at Bachelor for a cup of hot cocoa before you tackle Tumalo again.
The mountain’s 7,775-foot conical butte serves as a secret powder cache for local Benders.