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Winter or Summer makes no difference if you visit Bend with sports in mind.
In Winter, you have plenty of opportunities for skiing. Twenty miles away from Bend, Mt Bachelor is the mountan for the best snowboarding and skiing. Great resorts guarantee not only the best skiing experience providing the best snow trails and the facilities to get you to where the best snow is, but also restaurants and bars where you can relax while you admire the breathtaking mountains. You'll feel inside a tridimensional fill. The resorts are open in Summer as well offering chair lift rides that take the visitor to the hiking, biking and mountain biking trails.
Winter in Bend can be a wonderful chance to experience the lava caves or go snowshoeing on a Wanderlust Tour with a naturalist guide.
In Summer? There is golfing, hiking, biking, rafting, rock climbing, you name it! Bend boasts several state-of-the-art golf courses for all skill levels surrounded by breathtaking natural sceneries. Just to name a few: River's Edge Golf Course, Awbrey Glen Golf Club, and Bend Golf and Counry Club.
Rafting is the ultimate summer outdoor activity the entire the whole family will enjoy. Local outfitters will organize one-day, weekend and four to five-days trips along the rivers with the most adventurous experiences: the Deschutes, John Day, Lower Salmon, McKenzie, North Umpqua, Owyhee and Rogue rivers. Prices vary according to the number of days beginning at US $100 per adult for a one-day trip to US $1,200 per adult for five-day trips.
Sun Country Tours offers four trips on three rivers in Oregon, including the Deschutes, McKenzie and North Umpqua rivers. Their most convenient trip, the Big Eddy Thriller, is only minutes from Bend and easily fits into a morning or afternoon. The McKenzie Magic is a half-day trip, and there are all day trips on the Lower Deschutes and North Umpqua rivers. All whitewater rafting trips are appropriate for kids 6 and older, and include child pricing. Sun Country Tours also offers Standup Paddle Boarding lessons, rentals and tours, as well as float tube rentals.
For those interested in a less intense paddling experience, Wanderlust Tours provides half-day flat water canoe and kayak tours of the spectacular cascade lakes. You can also head underground to escape the heat on a cool lava tube cave tour. For natural history buffs, take the volcano tour of the Newberry Caldera National Volcanic Monument just south of Bend.
If you are into rock climbing, visit Smith Rock State Park: the park features thousands of climbing spots and a unique scenery with a huge variety of animals such as falcons, mule deer, beavers, and golden eagles. It is a great campground site. For indoor cimbing, there's the Bend Rock Gym. From first day beginners to experienced climbers, there's something for everyone in the family. They offer: classes, summer camps, private instructors, open climbing, and more.
Bend was recently named the top mountain biking town of the United States by Mountain BIke Action. There are hundreds of miles of singletrack, all maintained by volunteers of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance. If you are new to the area, have Cog Wild Mountain BIke Tours take you for a ride. They also offer shuttles for those wanting to do the map thing. Families with young kids and granparents will love the Paulina Plunge. And if you are wanting to bike around the town of Bend, check out Wheel Fun Rentals. You can rent a variety of unique cycles (from two wheeled mountain bikes to 3-8 person surreys). They have locations at the Old Mill District, and the Phoenix Inn.
Travelling families should be sure to check out the High Desert Museum.
If you would rather sit back and watch sports there are also plenty of chances! Golf tournaments including the Jeld-Wen Tradition attract many viewers. Ski and snowboard competitions on the mountain are exciting to watch during the winter. As the weather warms up, the Bend Elks (a rookie level baseball team affiliated with the PCCBL) take the field at Vince Genna Stadium. If you are a basketball fan check out the Central Oregon Hotshots. The annual Pole Pedal Paddle draws both local and national athletes and spectators. The Cascade Cycling Classic "Twilight Criterium" in downtown Bend is exciting to watch. And if you are looking for something completely different there's always the annual Pond Skimming event on Memorial Day weekend.