Updated: Mar 15, 2019
Okay. So winter isn't summer. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for fun and adventure! Christmas is just around the corner, and a whole lot of winter lies ahead. How do you plan to fill those long, cold days after the holidays? Binge watch a new Netflix series in your new flannel pj’s or wrapped up in that cozy Sherpa throw? Maybe you’re planning some yummy meals in your new Instant Pot. It’s easy to slip into winter hibernation as the days grow cold and gloomy.
Sometimes it’s hard to think about those chilly winter days as the perfect time to venture outside and get your adventure on. It’s not too early to begin planning your first summer camping trip, but there’s plenty of fun to be had while you wait for those warm camping days. Southern Oregon offers an array of winter activities for the whole family. Crater Lake National Park offers two-hour guided snowshoe walks every weekend through April. Weekday walks are also offered in late December and early January. The park is open year-round, and there are many miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Lake of the Woods is less than an hour away from Medford and Ashland, and is a great destination for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing. Ice fishing is popular when the lake freezes over. For the downhill skiers and snowboarders, the Mt. Ashland Ski Area is located just 30 minutes from Ashland, and offers four chairlifts that provide access to 23 trails and open bowl skiing. Make sure you plan an evening of night skiing under the stars. Oregon has a multitude of Sno-Parks for you and the kids to give that new sled a try. Check out each park for additional activities. Always check availability and road conditions before heading out. Permits are required. For the extreme outdoor adventurer, building and sleeping in a snow cave may be the ultimate winter challenge. Mountain trails abound for easy, family hikes or for longer, challenging treks. Bundle up and enjoy an Oregon winter adventure. When cabin fever hits this winter, you don’t have to head into the backwoods or mountain trails to get the family outside. Most of the local trails you and the kids hike in the summer are accessible in the winter, too. If you’ve never laced up a pair of ice skates, this is the perfect time to take the kids to the outdoor Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink in Lithia Park. It’s open now through February 18, 2019. You can always opt for indoor ice skating at the RRRink in Medford. You’ll need warm clothes for both options. If