We had a magical December in Oregon. Snow fell on our cities and dumped on our mountains.  Thank you for your crazy snow dance—our ski resorts are now open!

With a new year comes new resolutions and we’ve got a load of ideas for 2009. This year, we’d like your help in narrowing our list. Should we learn to snowboard or golf? Should we road trip to Painted Hills or Crater Lake?

This is a four part series reflecting on how to make a “fresh start” in 2009. Of course we need your help. Tell us about your own Oregon resolutions or simply vote for your favorite resolutions!


Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I’ve always wanted to: swoosh down a powdery slope, play golf or cook a gourmet dinner”? Resolve to make it happen in Oregon this year! With plenty of powdery slopes, over 200 public golf courses, a variety of no-stress cooking classes, Oregon is chock-full of opportunity to learn something new in 2009.

Hit the Slopes! Learn to Ski or Snowboard
Picture this: fresh mountain air, spectacular views and the sound of skis swooshing through fresh powder. What are you waiting for? The hot chocolate is brewing and the lifts are open at Oregon’s dozen ski resorts. Most offer equipment rentals, as well as private and group lessons taught by patient pros.
>>Learn to Ski or snowboard in 2009…

Learn to Boil Water – (Take a cooking class)
Whether you’re a budding chef or can’t seem to make toast, Oregon has a variety of no-stress cooking classes. You may opt for cooking demonstrations where you sit back, sip a glass of wine and watch someone else illustrate the art of braising. Or, there are classes where you’re expected to pull your weight—the chef might have you chopping carrots or blow torching the top of a crème brûlée.
>>Learn to cook in 2009…

Improve your Golf Swing
Oregon has more than 200 public courses, many of which offer private lessons and practice facilities to improve your short or long game—or both. And once you’ve warmed up, you can swing through spectacular stretches of sand dunes perched high above the Pacific Ocean or play alongside the mountain views of Central Oregon’s high-desert courses (just steer clear of the volcanic red-sand bunkers).
>>Learn to golf in 2009…

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