Take a Snow Day

Central Oregon's high desert climate produces some of the driest powder in the Pacific Northwest, providing endless snow adventures for you and your family.

Around here, some people live for the winter recreation. Fortunately, Redmond is just a hop, skip and an epic rail jump away from world-class winter fun, from Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo to all the sno-parks in between.

The Deschutes, Ochoco and Willamette National Forests offer Nordic skiing and snowmobiling to lakeside lodges, tubing parks and unforgettable alpine skiing and snowboarding.

From September to November, the temperature varies from a high of 75 degrees to a low of 26, so early-season winter adventures will generally be enjoyed in the higher elevations of the Cascades. From December to February, however, winter spreads throughout the High Desert. Expect comfortable, outdoor-friendly temps from highs that can often reach the 40s to lows that dip into the 20s and teens — although the mercury occasionally drops below zero.

The crisper weather brings with it stunning scenery, so don’t forget to bring your camera! Enjoy ice skating in downtown Redmond, a scenic Nordic adventure, or try a midnight snowshoeing excursion under the full moon. Central Oregon is a great place to create some lasting winter vacation memories.

Mt. Bachelor

Situated in the Cascades 35 miles southwest of Redmond, Mt. Bachelor offers a variety of year-round sporting activities, but winter is when it truly shines. Just a few miles west of Bend, Mt. Bachelor has one of the premier ski resorts in the world, featuring downhill skiing, snowboarding, telemark and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and more. Learn more about options and events at


Located at the top of Santiam Pass just 40 minutes west of Redmond, Hoodoo offers more than 1,100 feet of vertical ski runs to challenge all levels. Five chair lifts service 30 runs, and try night skiing for a truly memorable experience! One of the many highlights of Hoodoo is the Autobahn Tube Area located at the edge of an 800-acre permit area at the base of Hayrick Butte. Hoodoo provides the tubes, the tow and the runs. Learn more at

Skate through Winter

Redmond Ice Skating Rink is a popular destination for families and people of all ages each winter.

Whether you're a timid beginner or a pirouetting pro, the Redmond Ice Skating Rink will offer you and your family winter memories that will last a lifetime. Nestled next to the Redmond Chamber of Commerce in the Redmond Downtown Plaza, just across the street from Redmond's beautiful Centennial Park, the Ice Skating Rink welcomes people of all ages and from all corners of Central Oregon (and beyond) to enjoy the thrill of gliding coolly across the winter ice.

The City of Redmond and the Redmond Area Parks & Recreation District (RAPRD) builds and manages the ice rink each year. Weather permitting, the rink typically opens around Thanksgiving weekend and closes for the season in March. Hours vary by day and include free skate and skate-with-a-fee hours, with rentals and refreshments onsite.

To learn more about hours, fees, rink rules and skating tips, visit www.visitredmondoregon. com/ice-rink. For additional information, contact the rink in-season at 541-977-7841 or the RAPRD office at 541-548- 7275.