Silverton rolls out of the Cascades to the west and over valley soils that support sheep farms, tree nurseries, a handful of vineyards and other agriculture. Fifteen miles west lies the state capitol, Salem, and forty-five miles north is Portland. Silverton takes after neither. Depending on where you look, Silverton is a sliver of artistic Ashland, a dash of Dundee wine country and dose of Eugene oddity.
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.