The Virginia Meissner SnoPark is Bend’s community ski recreation area located off Century Drive approximately 15 miles from Bend towards Mt. Bachelor.
The area features 40 km of exceptional track, stunning views and a variety of terrain, for both skating and classic technique. There are trails for all levels, from beginners to experienced skiers. TLC / Meissner Nordic now grooms the Meissner trails four days per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays from December 1 – March 31 thanks to our supporters, generous visitors and various community sponsors.
At the trail head there is a 30 ft diameter Yurt that is open to the public. Inside you will find picnic tables and bench seating. There is a also a small propane heater that is lit most weekends. The yurt is a great place to get out of the wind and snow. At the far east end of the parking lot is a set of double pit toilets. Cell phone reception at the parking lots is spotty at best, but on the trails you can find better reception.
What to Remember
If you go remember to bring your SnoPark pass, available at several retailers in Bend (Sunnyside Sports and Webskis), and place in a visible place on your front windshield. Remember to park head-in (engine first) to the snowbanks and perpendicular to the banks. And, if you ski early, before 8 am, park to the inside loop — this allows for more efficient clearing of the lot on snow days.
Stop by the kiosk at the trailhead to pick up your trail map.
There is also a donation box at the kiosk to support grooming operations, so please help keep us groomed.