When I was 8 years old my aunt and uncle took me to Hoodoo and introduced me to the great sport of skiing. I've been under its spell ever since. In the succeeding winters, I spent as much time and money as I could afford enjoying the pleasures of Oregon mountains and snow.
Today, years later I must add, snowsport enthusiasts no longer comprise just Alpine schussers, but Nordic cross-country devotees, snowboard fanatics, snowshoe adventurers, winter campers and just about anyone else who revels in the pleasures of the winter wonderland.
Today, the services and amenities offered by Oregon winter destinations are greatly improved, making the state a national and even international destination for those looking for the perfect snow, the greatest runs, and the finest dining and lodging.
Bend and its adjacent Mt. Bachelor have become a mecca for locals and jetsetters alike. Mt. Hood remains a striking symbol of Oregon and is a haven of snowsport destinations including the estimable New Deal-era Timberline Lodge.
Other areas around the state offer everything from the most extreme outback adventures to friendly family resorts with good restaurants and comfortable inns that provide everything for the après-snow experience from relaxing hot tubs to rocking nightclubs.
If you thought only the European Alps or the Rocky Mountains were capable of providing a world-class winter vacation experience, take another look at Oregon. Our scenic beauty and the unpretentious but elegant style of Oregonians are bound to please even the most demanding winter tourist.
Click through the accompanying links and find the ideal destination for yourself, your family, and your friends. We're sure that once you visit, you will already be making plans to come back again. Have a great day on the mountain!