Snowy Day Adventures

bennington properties February.13.2019

Nordic Trails that are a must do when visiting Sunriver


Crater Lake

The best way to see Crater Lake National Park is in winter on cross-country skis. The Rim Drive, normally bustling with cars in summer, is a wide, peaceful cross-country ski trail in winter. Conditions vary and there is no grooming, but following a good snow, several marked and unmarked Nordic trails leave from the Rim Village. Check for road closures, and inquire at the Steel Visitor Center for snow and trail conditions.

Edison Butte Sno-Park

With 24 miles of trails for beginners to intermediate nordic skiers. The Edison Butte trail system offers a relatively calm respite among old-growth ponderosa pines just 4 miles off the Cascade Lakes Highway. Beginners can aim for the Edison shelter, less than a mile from the trailhead, then take on a variety of short loops from there. More advanced skiers follow the well-marked Direct Current trail mostly uphill (around 500 feet of elevation gain) to the AC/DC warming hut and its perfect view of Mt. Bachelor. Make a 7-8 mile lollipop loop of it back to the trailhead via the Alternating Current trail. Don’t expect solitude here. The popular trail system allows dogs, snowshoers and snowmobilers so it can get busy on blue-bird weekend days.

Mt. Bachelor Nordic Ski Trails

With 35 miles of trails for all levels to enjoy. Nordic skiing is not an afterthought at Mt. Bachelor.  They groom and track-set their trails every night to ensure fresh corduroy for skate skiers and easy-glide tracks for cross-country skiers. And the season lasts into May thanks to the area’s high elevation and healthy snowfall. The resort offers rentals, lessons and beginner-friendly trails, but most of the terrain is intermediate to advanced.

Know Before You Go:

Nordic skiing is a safe, affordable and beginner-friendly way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. But since most trail systems are in remote settings, you should be prepared with proper gear and travel info, as weather and road conditions can change quickly. Be sure to check the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website and TripCheck.com for weather forecasts, road conditions and tips on safe winter travel. Additionally, be sure to dress and pack appropriately for cold-weather conditions. Here is a helpful checklist for Nordic skiers. Finally, for trail maps, updated trail information, group outings and opportunities to join localized Nordic ski communities, check out the Oregon Nordic Club to find chapters near you.

Image courtesy of Mt. Bachelor.  Content for story courtesy of Travel Oregon