A taste of Ashland

Photo by Mike Connolly

1.)  Ski and snowboard on Mt. Ashland.  The slogan it’s steeper here lives up to it’s name. With only one real beginner hill and the rest of the mountain at intermediate or expert. I only say expert because most of the skiing to be had at this mountain is in the trees or on the backside. With only 4 lifts you will find yourself searching out the secret stashes and stretching out the downs by traversing more.  We love our little mountain and find many adventures going cross country out the back  side of the parking lot.  Hiking over to the other peeks and getting a few up downs.

4.)  Snowshoe & Ski  at Crater Lake. Whether you like back country skiing, alpine touring, or snowshoeing this half mountain has big elevation gains and drops with amazing views.   The views of the lake in the winter setting are amazing. The historic Crater Lake Lodge stays open throughout the winter so stop in for a warm break while out exploring one of America’s gems of a national park . The park features a variety of marked and unmarked routes for cross-country skiing. Choose a route through forests, along West Rim Drive to lake overlooks, or to Vidae Falls along the East Rim Drive. Maps and descriptions of the ski trails are available in the park newspaper. None of the routes are groomed, and they are sometimes deep and difficult to follow.  Often Snowshoe users will use the same routes.Maps & More Info

The rangers at Crater Lake offer 2-hour guided snowshoeing trips on the weekends throughout the winter.  The walks are approximately 2 miles in length across moderate-to-strenuous terrain.  Snowshoes are provided free of charge. Reservations are required and all participants need to be 8yrs or older. No previous experience needed. Call the Parks Visitor Center to reserve a spot for you and your crew 541-594-3100. More Info

5.) Ice skating at the Rotary Ice Rink in Lithia Park.  Located right in the heart of downtown Ashland in Lithia Park near the plaza area. Complete with skate rentals and refreshments. No changing room available. The ice rink can be reached directly by calling 541-488-9189 or you can call APRC at 541-488-5340.