It’s snowing, ski resorts are open and Oregon USA is paving the way for winter dreams
Crater Lake is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving an average of 13.4 metres of snow per year. Free, ranger-led snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and people survive in the deep snow. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter months.
Metro Portland is famous for its quirky, avant-garde culture, iconic coffee shops, boutiques, farm-to table restaurants and micro-breweries and all of which are driving visitors to get out and explore this fresh vibrant scene. Come winter the city paves the way in access to the 12 ski resorts across the coastal US state of Oregon.
Combining a city stay and tax-free shopping with a ski resort visit has become a trend for overseas visitors to Oregon as they seek out all the comforts of city living with the extra luxury of purpose built resorts and ski lodges.
Mt. Bachelor is Oregon’s largest ski area, located near the town of Bend – three and a half hours from Portland – offers a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding options for visitors. Many of Oregon’s skiing is done off the stratovolcano Mt. Hood. Several ski areas like Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur and Mt. Hood Ski Bowl call Hood home.
These resorts have one of the longest ski seasons in North America operating from November through to May. Mount Hood’s season is even longer boasting year round skiing.
The popular mountain, Mount Hood, is the tallest point in all of Oregon at 3426 metres above sea level, staying cool up top and is covered by glaciers at all times. Visitors can see it looming in the near distance above Portland’s skyline making this region a year round summer and winter playground. All that separates this ski areas from the city are 84 scenic kilometres, and if you can’t manage to make it out for some day skiing, you can always hit the slopes at night. The Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Area is the largest night skiing destination in the country.
Oregon’s 13 ski areas offer a huge range of skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports fun — from bombing the black diamond to chilling on the bunny hill. We’ve got terrain parks, snow shoeing trails and snow parks for tubing —not to mention summer skiing on Mt Hood. Keep updated on current mountain conditions and events at SkiOregon.org.