Oregon’s rich snowsport history is full of larger-than-life characters and ski areas in dramatic settings. It’s a history that begins with Norwegian and Swedish loggers, arriving in the early 1900s with their cross-country skis, and spans the heyday of alpine skiing in the 1950s and 1960s to present-day snowboarders and freeriders. Along with each area’s history and statistics, we asked insiders to offer tips on how to ski and ride their local resort.
About five years ago, surfing legend and Bend resident Gerry Lopez went into his shop in Maui and built his first stand-up paddle board, a one-off job for a special client. A week and a half later, big wave legend Laird Hamilton, walked into Lopez’s shop to claim the stand-up board that would launch a frenzy over the emergent sport.
Steve Amen, OPB’s Oregon Field Guide, discusses his top Oregon winter destinations, from the Elkhorn Mountains, the highest range in the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon, to Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, one of the more beautiful, uncrowded and out-of-the-way ski areas, to the Oregon Coast, where winter storms provide non-stop entertainment as wind-whipped waves pound the beach.
Nestled on the east side of the Cascade Range, Bend is home to the Deschutes Brewery, Mt. Bachelor and the lesser-known Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. Meissner is 15 miles south of Bend on the west side of Century Drive. Maintained by the Tumalo Langlauf Club and funded entirely by donations, Meissner offers more than thirty kilometers of groomed Nordic trails and snowshoe routes.