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By Travel Medford | 02/04/2021 | Outdoor Adventure, Things to Do

ROGUE VALLEY WINTER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES

With endless hills and trails in the Rogue Valley, where should your winter adventure begin? Below is a list of some of the best winter spots and outdoor activities, including a few local favorites. These go-to spots range from Page Mountain on Happy Camp Road near Lake of the Woods, to Annie Creek and Union Creek, to Farewell Bend — all on Highway 62 heading north and on the way to the Diamond Lake-Crater Lake area. 

DIAMOND LAKE


The soft, supple snow at Diamond Lake Resort makes it a popular winter destination among locals and visitors. Diamond Lake is famous for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. It’s also a wonderful place to take in the beauty of Crater Lake National Park, one of the greatest wonders in all of Oregon. 

And why just walk through the beautiful hills, when you can snowshoe? It’s a healthy winter activity which is good for the body, mind and soul. You can literally reach out and touch the snow-capped trees, and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a woodland creature frolicking in the freshly fallen powder.

For the true outdoor enthusiast, strap on your skis and whip across more than 40 miles of X-Country skiing. With seven miles of groomed trails and over 35 miles of backcountry, there is plenty to explore. Marked trails offer skiing for all ability levels. You can also rent skis, boots and poles at the North Shore.

Diamond Lake is a hub of winter fun, including seven sliding lanes, fabulous facilities and a friendly staff. Grab your tube, sled or saucer because there’s plenty of room for everyone to have fun on the hill. What a rush!

The resort also offers 3-hour and all day passes, as well as discounts for families of four. Stay a few hours or all day for the best snowy fun in Southern Oregon.

MT. ASHLAND AND GROUSE GAP SNO-PARK



Mt. Ashland is the crown jewel of Southern Oregon. A mecca for winter recreation, it has been a local favorite since 1964. 

An exhilarating day of skiing and snowboarding is just what the doctor ordered. Sliding down a snowy mountain — speeding past the trees — is the rush of a lifetime. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful, natural environment when you spend a thrilling day romping in the snow.

Additionally, skiing and snowboarding is like its own fitness program. It’s recommended that before arriving at the mountain, take the time to stretch, especially your legs and back. Also, drink plenty of water so you are hydrated when you reach the higher elevations. This will help your body adjust to the change in climate. And don’t forget to start the day with a hearty, local breakfast. You wouldn’t want to ski or snowboard on an empty stomach! 

Also, the experienced staff at Mt. Ashland is there to help you relax and have a great time, especially if you are new to snow sports. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want. They love to help!

While you’re in the area, head over to Grouse Gap Sno-Park for sledding. It’s just up the road from Mt. Ashland and a great place to sled.

TABLE MOUNTAIN AT HYATT LAKE

Mount Ashland Heading south? 20 miles east of Ashland, Hyatt Lake is a portal to a plethora of winter outdoor recreation activities.

Table Mountain has a sweet sledding hill in the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The kids will love running up the hill with their sleds, waving to you from the top, and racing to the bottom. They will definitely be tuckered out after a day of running and sledding.

While sledding is a favorite winter pastime, Hyatt Lake offers even more family fun in the snow. 

You and your group can also go snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. With so many activities to choose from, a visit to Hyatt Lake might become part of your weekly exercise routine. We guarantee no one will give their cell phone, tablet or computer a second thought while playing in the snow. 

Be sure to check all COVID-19 restrictions for each location. 


Spectacular sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and snowy fun await in Southern Oregon. Don’t stay stuck inside this winter. Think outside the box and plan your next outdoor adventure at www.TravelMedford.org.

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