The Perfect Place: Cross Country Ski Areas
Finally winter is here. It is time to enjoy the scenery of the winter wonderland through cross country skiing. And while the snow pack isn’t up to snuff in all areas; it is piling up more every day. Check out these spots for the best trails our area has to offer.
Lollipop Loops: Over seven miles of well-maintained trails just east of Medford are perfect for cross country skiers of any difficulty. Lollipop Loops is only two miles from Fish Lake and has a few other cross country skiing trails nearby worth the trip that will take you less than an hour to get there. Go to Fish Lake Sno-Park to find the trails.
Crater Lake South Entrance: Cross country skiing cannot possibly get more picturesque than at Crater Lake National Park. The skiing trails here span for 15 miles and are open until May. The best way to do it might be skiing one day and snowshoeing the next, which is a free activity offered by the park and guided by a park ranger. Explore and enjoy the vast Pacific Northwest winter beauty of Crater Lake with a pair of skis, a few friends, and a day of chilling, refreshing fun.
Willamette Pass: Less than three hours away is the Willamette Pass, where you’ll find 29 beautiful trails. While there are vertical drops over 1,500 feet, there are also cross country skiing trails. Willamette Pass has beginner-friendly slopes as well as areas for advanced or even expert skiers and snowboarders. With over 550 acres to explore, there are a few runs at least two miles long.
Mt. Ashland: Since 1964, Rogue Valley locals (and countless visitors from around the world) have enjoyed Mt. Ashland and its lodge. From lessons and rentals to advanced slopes and winter events, Mt. Ashland continues to excel at providing skiers and snowboarders with excellent trails and a well-maintained mountain. The mountain is a consistent safe bet for a winter day well spent. For pass and ticket information, visit their website.
This article originally ran in our 05.01 issue.