9 Ways to Celebrate Winter in Oregon

December 23, 2014 (Updated January 6, 2018)

When the sky is full of fluffy flakes and the mountains are covered with a white blanket of snow, what’s the best way to have fun in Oregon? We asked and you answered. Here are nine of our readers’ favorite ways to celebrate winter in Oregon.

Snowshoe Crater Lake

Snowshoe at Crater Lake

Head out on your own or take a ranger-guided tour of the caldera rim. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and hikes leave at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Read more: 48 Hours in Kid-Approved Klamath Falls

Crystal Crane Hot Springs

Soak in Snowy Hot Springs

Warm up after a winter hike in an Eastern Oregon hot springs like Crystal Crane Hot Springs near Burns.

Read more: Relax at the Hot Springs of Southeastern Oregon

Storm watch at the Oregon Coast

Storm Watch at the Coast

Sit by the fire and watch the show. When it clears up, scour the beach for washed up treasures.

Read more: Love Under a Stormy Sky

Photo credit: Justin Bailie

Fish for Winter Steelhead

The Columbia River, Rogue River and coastal rivers are prime habitat for the elusive winter steelhead. Check out this handy guide from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on steelheading.

Read more: Winter Angling in Southern Oregon

Photo credit: Leon Werdinger

Cross-Country Ski at Anthony Lakes

Enjoy miles of groomed trails for classic or skate skiing just a stone’s throw from the cozy lodge.

Read more: Skiing Spree at Anthony Lakes

Sledding and tubing
Photo credit: Dave Bassett

Sledding and Tubing

Hit the sno-parks near Mt. Ashland, Hoodoo or Willamette Pass, or take things up a notch with cosmic tubing at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl.

Read more: Sweet Spots for Sledding and Tubing

Snowmobile Diamond Lakes Resort

Snowmobile at Diamond Lakes

Zip through a winter wonderland on a rented snowmobile from the resort and enjoy views of Mt. Thielson and Mt. Bailey.

Read more: Snowmobiling in the Cascades

Shred it on Mt. Hood or Mt. Bachelor
Photo credit: Mt. Bachelor

Shred it at Hood or Bachelor

Nothing beats the black diamond chutes for thrill-seekers and the magic carpet for the little ones.

Read more: Coming Home to an Oregon Winter

Photo credit: Basecamp Brewing

Drink Oregon Beer

Pouring on the indoor fun, Oregon’s craft breweries offer a warm spot to toast the winter season with fabulous brews and seasonal ales.

Read more: 5 Wonderful Winter Beers

About The

Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.