Pacific Northwest Shred Fest
10 Nights I 6 Days Riding
March 23, 2016 to April 02, 2016
3450 PER PERSON
Destinations: Portland, Bend, Mt Bachelor, Mt Hood Meadows, Hood River
The Pacific Northwest Shred Fest encompasses the very best that the Oregon has to offer; huge ski resorts, amazing terrain, craft beer, laid back locals and great bars. Get ready to ride some of the best natural freeride terrain in North America, with incredible light and dry snow, huge alpine bowls and skilfully crafted parks. Experience the big mountain thrill of the High Cascades with six days of riding at Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hood Meadows. These volcanic mountain ranges are home to steep pitches, stacks of natural features, and some of the best parks in North America. Kick back with us in Portland, Bend, and Mt. Hood as we try the local craft brews on offer, and enjoy the all round good vibes that draw us back to the USA every year. A favourite shred destination for many Mint crew, this Oregon tour ticks all the boxes of an epic snowboarding trip!
+ 5 nights accommodation, Hilton Double Tree, Bend
+ 3 nights accommodation, Cooper Spur Resort, Hood River
+ 2 nights accommodation, Jupiter Hotel, Portland
+ Hot breakfast daily at Hilton Double Tree, Bend
+ 4 day Lift Pass Mt Bachelor
+ 2 day Lift Pass Mt Hood Meadows
+ Private transfers between Portland, Bend & Hood River
+ Daily return transfers to all ski resorts
+ Resort guiding sessions at Mt Bachelor & Mt Hood Meadows
+ Airport meet and greet
+ Tours to Bend, Hood River & Portlands best craft brewery’s
+ Nightly tours to local restaurants & bars
+ Mint Tours hosting and guiding
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Meet and greet at Portland Airport (PDX) and private transfer to Bend. This small town is home to sixteen craft breweries all within walking distance of one another, and it is here where we will sample the local brews and come to understand why Oregon is the home to the best craft beer scene in the world. Explore the town of Bend and get to know your new shred buddies!
Day 2 -5 – Riding at Mt Bachelor
We spend our first four days riding at Mt Bachelor, the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington. Located in the Central Cascades, this mountain is freeride heaven, known for light, dry snow, long seasons, breathtaking views and diverse terrain. Snowboard the huge alpine bowls, or long tree runs on one of the only mountains in the world where you can ride 360 degrees off the summit! The flowing natural terrain makes for five perfectly-designed parks for all ability levels, and where you can make a mile long park lap with professionally crafted jumps, rails, boxes and jibs. Check out the new area opening up this season with new glades, bowls and natural features… definitely worth the hike out! There is so much to explore of Mt. Bachelor during these four freeride days! At night we’ll be exploring Bend’s numerous craft brewery’s, share a few beers around a fire pit and perhaps check out one of the local gig’s. There’s loads of entertainment options in Bend after hours.
Day 6 – Transfer to Hood River
From Bend we make the short transfer over to Hood River for two days snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows. Mt. Hood is a monster extinct volcano which rises over 3000 metres out of the ground and is renowned for never running out of snow! Hood River is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Oregon, with a laid-back snow town vibe and many breweries and coffee shops to spend a lazy afternoon recuperating.
Day 7-8 – Riding at Hood Meadows
We spend two full days shredding the legendary Mt. Hood Meadows. Featuring North America’s only year-round terrain park, this mountain is known for its playful terrain, and runs that challenge all levels of ability. It also boasts the ‘best cruising intermediate terrain’ in the state (as voted by Oregonians!). Show-off your skills at one of the many parks, designed for every ability (by Snow Park Technologies) with a slopestyle influence, or head over to the legendary Heather Canyon, for endless steep pitches of powder and challenging double-blacks. Mt. Hood Meadows offers that big mountain thrill you seek, with all the trimmings of a world class resort. We will show you the best of Hood River nightlife with a brew pub crawl, karaoke at the local dive bar, or live music to help you get your groove on.
Day 9 – 10 – Transfer to Portland / Extra day in Portland
From Hood River we travel back to Portland for two days and check out why this place has become a favourite for all of us at Mint Tours. Home to the most breweries and independent microbreweries of any city in the world, it is impossible to pass up a beer in the town voted as the ‘best city for happy hour in the USA!’. Grab a bike and check out the compact city. Indulge in one of the many food cart ‘pods’ which can be found on nearly every block in the city, check out some live music, or chill out and enjoy the good vibes with some coffee (Oregonians next favourite drink after microbrew!). Oregon also has no sales tax making it the best place in the states to get your hands on some new threads including from our favourite local Portland stores Poler and Danner. While in Portland we stay at the awesome Jupiter Hotel, located on East Burnside Street, just a few blocks away from the famous Burnside Skate Park. Nestled in the corner of the Jupiter Hotel property, is the Doug Fir Lounge which has one of the best band rooms in the whole of the USA. The Doug Fir has a cool Pacific Northwest vibe and serves up great food from morning to night and then it’s perfect to kick on with happy hours and live music every night, including big name bands featuring regularly. The Jupiter is hands down one of the coolest hotels in Portland.
Day 11 – Departure day from Portland
On our final day we fly out of Portland where you will gaze out at Mt. Hood from the departure lounge. The only downside is the feeling of loss once you leave… this trip will have you wanting to come back to this great part of the world again!
Snow & Conditions
We run this tour during Spring as this time of year we most likely to score deep powder days followed by epic bluebird conditions. It’s also one of the quietest times on the mountain with virtually no lift lines. Historically March is the most reliable time of year for significant snow, with some years March having record snowfall. Snow continues to fall right through Spring and even up until late April.
Small Group Numbers
We keep our group sizes small so you can get the most out of your time with us. We have our guides and hosts on-snow every day and at night we’ll have our hosts on hand to show you around the local area. With a maximum group size of 12 people you’ll feel like part of the Mint crew and not just another face in the crowd.
If you’re travelling solo you won’t be alone. In fact our tour is perfect for solo travellers, we just match you up with someone to room with for the entire time. Not only are our guides with you on-mountain during the day, they keep the stoke going well into the night, so you’ll always have crew to hang out with and places to go.
All accommodation is comfortable and modern. Rooms are twin share with en suite.
Suitable for novice to expert riders.
$500 deposit required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and are subject to availability at time of booking.