Mt. Bachelor, a Powdr resort, and Sun Country Tours announced that Powdr has acquired this longtime Central Oregon adventure outfitter. The two organizations will be managed and operated by Mt. Bachelor. The transition of ownership and permits is expected to be completed by mid-June, and allows Mt. Bachelor to extend its summer recreation offerings into rafting, stand up paddle boarding and tubing in and around the Central Oregon region. Mt Bachelor will now be able to offer visitors a single source for booking and experiencing even more of their Central Oregon adventures.
“Over more than 37 years Sun Country Tours has evolved into one of the largest and most respected river outfitters in the Northwest, and much like Mt. Bachelor brings friends, families and even complete strangers together to share outdoor adventure while respecting the natural environment,“ said Dennis Oliphant, founder and CEO of Sun Country Tours. “The company was founded in 1978 as a way to make a living doing what I love most and to share that passion with locals and visitors alike, and I believe this transition will be a great fit with Powdr’s mission to deliver memorable experiences, enhance people’s lives and have fun doing it.”
In addition to its signature “Big Eddy Thriller” whitewater raft trip on the Deschutes River near Bend, Sun Country Tours also offers guided rafting trips on the McKenzie, North Umpqua and Lower Deschutes rivers, as well as stand up paddle board lessons, tours and rentals, and river float tube rentals. The company employs a seasonal staff of approximately 80 during peak summer months. Many of the company’s seasonal employees transition to employment at Mt. Bachelor at the end of the summer season, where they work through the winter until returning to Sun Country Tours in the spring.
“Sun Country Tours is an outstanding outfit and we are confident that Mt. Bachelor will continue to uphold Dennis Oliphant’s legacy of creating the finest river outfitting experience possible,” said John McLeod, president and general manager of Mt. Bachelor. “While there are numerous benefits to this acquisition, we are most excited to be making a deeper commitment to our community and our employees as a year round employer contributing to strong and stable economy.”
“With a growing portfolio that includes products in ski, snowboard, skate, BMX and mountain biking, we are excited to add outdoor water sports through the acquisition of Sun Country Tours to Powdr’s unique offering as an adventure lifestyle company that exists to inspire every human being with cool experiences in awesome places,” said John Cumming, CEO of Powdr. “What Dennis has accomplished is a testament to the dedication, passion and stewardship which he and his team exemplify and which we embrace as part of our own culture within Powdr.”