Hit the slopes this Friday instead of waiting in line at Walmart

By Dusty Trails

We all know the signs. The first morning you wake up with frost on the windshield of your car. The first holiday decorations at the grocery store. The first time you hear Jingle Bells on the radio–before Thanksgiving has even passed. I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m referring to the ultimate gift. The gift that truly keeps on giving. The one that’s white and powdery and falling all over town. It’s a little thing called snow.

Ski season is so close we can almost taste it–just like the turkey and cranberry sauce we’re about to consume on Thursday. It’s that wonderful time of year when we slip on our beanies and our boots, get stoked at the latest ski premier, and pick up some “Pray for Snow” from 10 Barrel on our way home from work. It’s when we dust off our helmets, wax our skis, and prepare ourselves for some delicious laps at Mt. Bachelor.

If you’re as excited as we are, then we know how important it is for you to have easy access to one of the Top Ten Ski Resorts in North America. Now get ready for some numbers: 20 is the number of minutes away Tripleknot is from Pine Marten or the Nordic Center. 10 is the number of minutes it takes to get to the newly revamped Meisner Sno-Park. 0 is the amount of time you’ll spend dealing with snow removal, landscaping, and routine maintenance, so nothing can come between you and a day in the mountains.

And infinity is the number of adventures you’ll find right in Bend’s backyard this winter, whether it be downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, skate skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, or going on sled dog rides. And the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie is that you can even sink into a cozy sofa by the fire after an epic day of “shredding the pow.” Basically, Tripleknot is a snow lover’s dream come true. Even resident Terry Skjersaa thinks so.

Bend in the winter is magical. All we’re waiting on is those little white flakes to come down from the sky. Thankfully, regardless of how the weather treats us, Bachelor is set to open Friday at 9am! So kick your snow dance into high gear–and work off that Thanksgiving turkey while you’re at it.