Cross-country ski trip to Fourmile Lake

Cross-country ski trip to Fourmile Lake

This was a different side of Mount McLoughlin.

Inside the Fourmile Lake Cabin, my cross-country skiing partner Niel Barrett was tending the wood stove, stoking a reluctant fire. While he worked, I fought off the chill outside, stomping in the snow while being warmed by the sight of the frozen-over lake and, more dramatically, McLoughlin, the 9,495-foot peak that straddles the Southern Oregon Cascades.
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An old-fashioned ski area

An old-fashioned ski area

LAKEVIEW — There was a time when downhill skiing and snowboarding didn't include high-speed lifts, mountaintop gourmet restaurants, high-tech equipment and designer clothing.

The Warner Canyon Ski Area, 11 miles from the southeastern Oregon community of Lakeview, relishes its laid-back charm and history. It was on Warner Canyon's slopes that U.S. Ski Hall of Famer Jean Saubert, a 1960 Lakeview High School graduate who won a silver medal in the giant slalom and bronze medal in...

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Oregon's most eligible Bachelor

Oregon's most eligible Bachelor

Oregon's most eligible Bachelor isn't a 20- or 30-year-old handsome man on a TV show, it's the Mount Bachelor Ski Resort on the stand-alone mountain with great downhill and cross-country skiing near Bend.

On a clear day, Bachelor's 9,065-foot peak is among the dominate snow-covered peaks in Central Oregon's Cascades. From its summit and slopes, the visual feast includes snow-draped Tumalo Mountain, Broken Top and, most dramatically, the Three Sisters — South, Middle and...

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Snowshoeing Crater Lake when Rim Village is closed

Snowshoeing Crater Lake when Rim Village is closed

The road to Rim Village in Crater Lake National Park has been closed frequently this winter because of heavy snow. On many days visitors can drive only as far as the Steele Visitor Center, about 3.5 miles short of Rim Village and Crater Lake.

Many snowshoers and skiers don't let that stop them, however, strapping on their footwear and tromping to the rim through the snowy woods.
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Snow fun: Tubing at Farewell Bend

With all the snow in the mountains this winter, people are finding lots of ways to enjoy it, such as tubing on the hills at Farewell Bend Snow Park in Union Creek.

— video by David Smigelski
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5 spectacular snowshoe spots

5 spectacular snowshoe spots

With a big, fat snowpack sitting on top of the mountains that surround our valley, this would be a good winter to finally learn how to snowshoe.

Snowshoers often say, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe," and while that's true to an extent, snowshoeing is a lot tougher than walking, so get ready for a good workout.
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Snow remembered Willamette Pass this year

Snow remembered Willamette Pass this year

It was sunny, the powder was deep and untracked and, most surprising of all, we seemingly had the mountain to ourselves.

"There's nobody skiing the powder," my daughter, Molly, gee-whizzed as we rode the Peak 2 chairlift for yet another run on the backside trails of the Willamette Pass Ski Area. "It's wonderful, but it's strange. Where is everyone?"

It might be that downhill skiers and snowboarders have forgotten that Willamette Pass, appropriately located on the summit of...

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They're finally mushing again in Chemult

Mushers will be heeing and hawing through the woods outside Chemult this weekend for the first time in three years as a sound snowpack has allowed the annual Chemult Sled Dog Races to resume.

A dearth of snow caused race organizers to cancel the event three of the past four years. But a healthy snowpack now means the 22nd annual races can resume, much to the delight of area mushers and those who trek to Chemult to see the snowy spectacle of these four-legged athletes towing their...

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Kicking and gliding

Kicking and gliding

FISH LAKE — As he's about to ski a Nordic run called Lollipop on Wednesday, Bruce Evatt can't help but feel like a kid in cross-country skiing's candy store.

"You know what's great?" Evatt says. "We have some of the best skiing in the United States, and you look around and there's nobody here. I don't know why it hasn't caught on.

"But it is a Wednesday," he laughs.

With snow plentiful for the first time in a couple of years, Southern Oregon's Nordic community...

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Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap set for Nov. 13-15

The unofficial start of the winter ski season kicks off next weekend in Southern Oregon when the Medford Ski Education Foundation holds its annual Ski and Snowboard Swap.

The event is set for Nov. 13-15, in the multipurpose room at St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford.

Several large merchants will offer deals on new and used ski and snowboarding equipment. They will operate alongside private-party sellers looking for some extra holiday cash or an equipment...

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