Spring Skiing and More
Spring snowfall is a reminder from Old Man Winter that it ain’t over ’til it’s over. And with Oregon’s varied climates you can enjoy spring corn on the morning slopes and bike, hike, fish or relax in the afternoon. Here are a few ways to enjoy spring in Oregon’s mountains.
Head up to Mt. Bachelor for 3,700 acres of terrain and a 9,065-foot summit — the highest resort peak elevation in the Pacific Northwest. Eleven lifts, including seven high-speed quads, zip snowboarders and skiers up for a total vertical drop of 3,365 feet. When you’re done on the slopes, hit the mountain biking single-track at Phil’s Trail Network for dozens of routes along a fast trail system.
Up on Mt. Hood, hit the slopes at Timberline Lodge Ski Area from the classic WPA-era lodge and national historic landmark. With 41 runs and 1,000 acres of terrain, there’s plenty of vertical inspiration here. Off piste, head down to Parkdale and Hood River for a bit of beer tasting from local craft brewers like Solera Brewery, Double Mountain Brewery, Pfriem Family Brewers and Full Sail Brewing.
In Ashland, take some time out from the slopes to enjoy a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), which launched a new season in February. Choose from classic Shakespeare plays like “The Tempest” and “Richard III” to the Marx Brothers’ romp “The Cocoanuts.” Up on Mt. Ashland, you’ll find great spring hiking in the lovely Siskiyou Mountains.
about author Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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