Project SNOW

Every winter, Deschutes National Forest partners with non-profit partner, Discover Your Forest to host a snowshoe program at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort in Bend, Oregon for people of all ages. Participants, including school children learn about the forest, wildlife and Central Oregon geology.

Over 3,000 local students receive educational programing on the slopes through Project SNOW (Studying Nature Outdoors in Winter).

Check out this video to learn more about the program!


Visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, ski or snowboard Mt. Bachelor slopes with a ranger, or chat with a roving ranger around Mt. Bachelor. All interpretive programs focus on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the Cascades.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs typically begin in late December and run through March.  Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends and school break week days with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Tours last 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided for the tour. No prior experience is needed. Participants must be 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

On weekends beginning after Christmas and typically lasting through late March, an interpretive ski and snowboard tour will be offered on Mt. Bachelor’s groomed runs. The tour, which lasts an hour, begins at the top of the Pine Marten lift at 2 p.m. Participants are responsible for having lift tickets and appropriate equipment, as well as, basic riding skills.  In addition, skiers and snowboarders will find interpretive rangers roving between Outback and Sunrise Express lifts ready to answer questions.

While both programs are free, a donation of $5 is suggested to help non-profit Discover Your Forest continue to provide educational programing and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

Reservations are not required for individual participants. Group tours for schools, youth or other organizations may be scheduled for weekdays.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gentry, Discover Your Forest’s director of education at(541)383-4771 or check the Snowshoe/Ski with a Ranger Hotline at (541) 383-4055 for up-to-date tour information.





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