Outdoors

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Winter Destinations: Steve Amen’s Favorites

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.

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Ski Trails at Meissner Sno-Park

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.

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Cyclocross in Oregon

Pedaling through deep mud, sometimes over frozen snow-pack or dismounting to leap wooden barriers with bikes on their shoulders, riders in a growing cyclocross culture are creating an alternate reality for traditional cyclists and a custom mud-and-beer fit for Oregon.