in Southern Oregon
Mt. Ashland Ski Area
Mt. Ashland Ski Area is the pinnacle of winter snow recreation in Southern Oregon. Four lifts get you to the top and from there, everything is downhill on your choice of 23 runs, the longest stretching a mile. Mt. Ashland is a community-owned non-profit business attracting skiers regionally from Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park offers two-hour snowshoe walks every Saturday and Sunday through April. The 1- to 2-mile walks, starting at 1 p.m. each day, are ranger-guided and make a fun way to explore the park and discover how plants, animals and people survive in the deep snow. Walks are also offered on weekdays in late December and early January. Crater Lake is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving an average of 44 feet of snow per year. Crater Lake National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spectacular views of Crater Lake can be obtained from Rim Village when the roads are clear. The park also offers many miles of trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Lake of the Woods
This mountain lake and its namesake resort are popular destinations no matter the season. The resort becomes a great base camp each winter whether you want to Nordic ski, snowshoe, take out the snowmobile, skate or get in some time ice fishing. There are four Sno-Parks in the immediate vicinity of Lake of the Woods and about 360 miles of groomed snowmobile trails extend from there, Gregory says. For example, the Rainbow Bay Sno-Park is located across the street from the Lake of the Woods marina.
Diamond Lake Resort has evolved from a small fishing lodge built in the 1920s, to a modern family resort that offers year-round service. It is a favorite summer spot for fishing (rainbow trout), hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. In the winter it is famous for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. All year round it is a wonderful place to take in the beauty of nature and of Crater Lake National Park. They offer 38 two bedroom guest cabins; one deluxe four bedroom family cabin; one super deluxe 7 bedroom lakefront retreat cabin. They also have 38 motel rooms, 10 house keeping studios and one deluxe Jacuzzi suite.
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Running Y Ranch Resort, north of Klamath Falls, provides luxury comfort. The Ruddy Duck restaurant draws high praise and the spa awaits you after an active day in the snow. The patio fire pit is inviting as well.
Union Creek Resort, located less than 25 miles from Crater Lake Lodge, is close to plenty of snow opportunities. The resort has a place in regional history and offers cabin and room options for families and groups up to 14 people, some with full kitchens and dining rooms.
Prospect Historic Hotel is a good base camp for your winter wilderness adventure. Located just 28 miles from Crater Lake National Park, the hotel is in the closest full service town, providing all the essentials for your trip including dining, a store, gas and laundry. Contact the Prospect Hotel at 541-560-3664 or visit the website.
in Southern Oregon
Ring in the holidays Southern Oregon-style with food and wine and good cheer at the annual Rogue Winterfest in Grants Pass.