In a state like Oregon—where snowcapped peaks run from border to border with endless trails to explore—there are loads of places to get your cross-country ski fix. Or venture into the snowy wilderness with the help of a few sled dogs. Whichever you chose, join us as we discover Oregon’s alpine landscape.
On Oregon’s tallest peak there are plenty of places to visit on Nordic skis—both on groomed trails and in untracked backcountry. Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on the north side of Mt. Hood is a great spot for beginners. The family-friendly resort has four miles of groomed trails, and its proximity to Hood River (just 25 miles) makes for a great day- trip outing.
At Mt. Hood Meadows’ Nordic center you can rent skis and head out on the nine miles of tracked trail. Afterward, relax tired muscles in front of the fireplace with a microbrew at the Alpenstube Loft. If you’re looking for a more remote experience, Cascade Huts operates three huts located along the southeast side of Mt. Hood. They will help you create a multi-day itinerary to trek through miles of tree-lined backcountry.
For a true backcountry experience, consider a trip with Wallowa Alpine Huts in Eastern Oregon. Venture through the wide-open bowls and old growth forests of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Also in Eastern Oregon is Ski Anthony Lakes where nine miles of groomed trail in the Anthony Lake Basin in the Blue Mountains provide a majestic alpine experience.
There is a lot to explore on cross-country skis on Mt. Bachelor, where they boast 35 miles of groomed trail and one of the longest running cross-country seasons, from late-November to mid-April.
If you’re looking for a new snow adventure, consider a sled dog ride on Mt. Bachelor with Oregon Trail of Dreams. The father-daughter team, Jerry and Rachael Scdoris, provide daily tours in the winter months. Rachael is a three-time Iditarod competitor—despite being legally blind!