Vista Butte Backcountry Ski


Central Oregon, Oregon

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Vista Butte Backcountry Ski


  • Snowmobile trail near Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Mount Bachelor and Tumalo Mountain seen from Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • The tour up Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Great snow on Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Slide on Tumalo Mountain.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • East facing cornice on Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Kwohl Butte seen from the approach to Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Mount Bachelor and Kwohl Butte seen from the approach to Vista Butte.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Making the transition to downhill.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Enjoying some turns on Vista Butte with Mount Bachelor in the background.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • Back at the Vista Butte Sno-Park.- Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
  • - Vista Butte Backcountry Ski
Overview + Weather
Close proximity to Bend. Away from crowds. Great views.
Limited parking.
Central Oregon, OR
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)
Vertical descent: 
750.00 ft (228.60 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Vista Butte is a great option for beginner to intermediate backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The route is entirely off trail with limited views to keep you oriented, so it is important to be familiar with map and compass or GPS unit while you are on this adventure. The easiest ascent follows the western ridge to the summit. All aspects are skiable from the summit, but the eastern face is often the most desirable. From the summit, a southwest descent holds a consistent gradient and drops you onto the snowmobile trail. Use caution as people often drive snowmobiles at high sped along this stretch. However, on a slow day it is nice to use the trail to return to the Vista Butte Sno-Park.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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