Quiet Skiing

Have you ever experienced a “quiet ski” in the middle of the wilderness?

The nordic trails at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center are carefully groomed each day to provide the user with a nice xc skiing experience. Whether you are skate skiing or classic skiing, there are times you can be on a trail all by yourself and experience a “quiet ski”.

I experienced this recently as I skate skied down into the forest on the Nordic Center trails. As I was practicing my skate skiing techniques, I found a nice loop trail with some moderate ups and downs. There was no one in site, for the moment. I stopped and listened. Quiet. I skied up a hill and looked to my left where there was an opening in the trees. Broken Top Mountain was in full view on this bright sunny day. I had to stop and take a picture. What an awesome sight! What an awesome day!

Broken Top

Again, it was quiet. The trees were covered in snow from a recent storm, little animal prints were visible going from tree to tree…maybe a rabbit or a bird?

Another great thing about nordic skiing is the exercise. While I love running the snow-free trails around Central Oregon in the spring, summer, and fall months, I really enjoy the winter months when I can get a great work-out on the snow. Cross-training is a great way to stay fit. When the trails are too icy to run on and the treadmill at the gym just doesn’t sound appealing, I grab my xc skis and head outside to one of the sno-parks or the Nordic Center.

While I also enjoy the thrill of flying down the mountain on my snowboard, on other days, I enjoy gliding along the groomed trails on my skate skis or classic skis where I can experience the sights and sounds of the nature around me…breathing in the fresh winter air and noticing the quiet around me.

Bend’s Sno-Parks for Nordic skiing & Snowshoeing:

Skate Skiing-

Groomed trails for skate skiing are at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park and the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.

Classic Skiing –

Marked trails for classic cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing are at Vista Butte Sno Park, Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, Dutchman Flat Sno-Park, Edison Sno-Park, and Wanoga Sno-Park. (Wanoga and Dutchman Flat Sno-Parks also allow snowmobiles – if you don’t mind the noise).

Snowshoeing –

There are marked trails for snowshoeing at all of the Sno-Parks. Just follow the little snowshoer on the blue signs located on the trees. Usually, someone has already broken trail, but if it just snowed, you have to blaze your own trail following the little blue signs, which is pretty fun!

All of the above Sno-Parks are located just off Century Drive on the way to Mt. Bachelor.

  • You will need a Sno-Park Parking Permit at all of the Sno-Parks from November 1 – April 30.                  

  • Purchase in town at Powder House or Pine Mountain Sports. $6.00/day or $29/season.



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