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.
Oregon’s greatest asset is its diversity of outdoor recreation possibilities. Limiting any Oregon must-do list to 25 items isn’t an easy task. A hundred would be more like it. That noted, these 25 outings are the essentials. If you haven’t done any of them, you’ve got your work cut out for you. If you’ve done some of them, you’ll find some interesting pursuits that you may not have considered. Every summer, find two or three major outings and enjoy them to the fullest. So whether you walk, gawk, hike, ride, surf or paddle, you’ll go home from any Oregon outdoor experience the better for it.
Travel is our way of acquiring our own stories to tell—extending and enriching our autobiographies. From the stately peaks of the Wallowa Mountains to Oregon’s free-spirited coast, Oregon holds a tome’s worth of chapters to make your own. But as any seasoned traveler knows, where you stay is as much a part of the experience as the sites you see and the people you meet.