If you're planning to travel to the west coast during the winter, there are plenty of great places in Oregon to spend the season with your family. From the snow-covered mountains to cozy cabins by the ocean, these winter destinations in Oregon offer a variety of activities and attractions during the winter months.
In the mountains and higher elevations inland, the abundant snow allows visitors to enjoy the full range of snow sports including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. On the Oregon Coast, visitors can snuggle by the fire and take in the natural wonder of the Pacific ocean meets the snowy forests.
No matter which part of the state you travel to this winter, there are plenty of things to do and beautiful sights to see, so explore the following list and plan your winter escape to Oregon.
With mountains to the west, plains to the east, and an annual snowfall measured in feet, Bend and the Central Oregon region are havens for snow sports enthusiasts.
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort has the biggest draw, with terrain for downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowboarding, but Central Oregon is home to 14 different snow-parks such as Virginia Meissner and Swampy Lake, which offer great places to sled, snowshoe, snowmobile, and generally frolic in the snow.
Mount Hood is home to five ski areas and miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, and two of Mount Hood's snow-parks offer trails for snowmobiling. Ski areas include Mount Hood Ski Bowl, Summit Ski Area, Timberline Ski Area, Mount Hood Meadows, and Cooper Spur Ski Resort.
This wealth of winter fun is accompanied by great facilities and accommodations at such places as Timberline Lodge, The Resort at the Mountain, and The Grand Lodges Mount Hood, all of which are less than a two-hour drive from Portland, Oregon.
Located in northeast Oregon, the area in and around the Wallowa Mountains gets some serious snow, providing the setting for some hardcore winter fun.
The small resort community of Joseph lies at the center of it all, surrounded by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
Trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are available in abundance in locations throughout the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area offers back-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Oregon Coast
There's something captivating about the wild wind and crashing waves that arrive on the Oregon Coast during the winter months, especially when you can enjoy them from the comfort of an oceanfront room, snuggled by the fireplace with a cup of cocoa.
In addition to cozy lodgings, the towns along the Oregon Coast offer charming shops and galleries, fun-filled arcades, and excellent dining opportunities (with fantastic views) that can all be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Winter is a good time to take advantage of Portland's downtown entertainment venues, eclectic dining options, and tax-free shopping, and if you time your getaway in November and December, you can enjoy holiday festivities and shopping for unique seasonal gifts.
There are several downtown Portland attractions including Powell's City of Books, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society Museum, but if the weather is favorable, there are numerous parks, plazas, and trails where you can enjoy time outdoors, including ice skating rinks.