Skiing in Southern Oregon

Skiing in Southern Oregon is a far cry from when I was growing up there. We thought we were lucky if someone's mom took us for a sledding day on the edge of Crater Lake National Park. Some kids had skis but all of us had to walk up the hill. I am sorry that I don't have any pictures of Mt. Ashland except for the road going in. All the pictures below are from snow cat skiing on Mt. Bailey near Diamond Lake Resort

Skiing in Southern Oregon--Mt. Ashland

Mt. Ashland is a 30-minute drive from Ashland, Oregon. It is the highest peak in the Siskyou Mountain Range. If the ski area has a fault, it is the lack of runs for beginners. Well, it's not really a lack, because they do have them but it is only five percent of the area. There are four lifts and 23 runs. Of the 23 runs, five percent is for beginners, 45 percent for intermediates, and 50 percent for advanced. In addition to the 23 runs there is open bowl skiing. There are three terrain parks. Ten trails are open for nightskiing Thursday through Saturday beginning in late December.

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Mt. Ashland is only open on Mondays and Tuesdays if they fall on a holiday or during school vacation times. Their normal operation is Wednesday through Sunday.

The lodge has all the services anyone could want. There is a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A coffee bar serves sandwiches, soups, and other goodies. The bar micro-brews,

wine, and cocktails. There is a full-service equipment rental and repair shop. The ski school offer all kinds of packages so you are sure to find one that fits your needs. The Granite Cove Gift Shop carries winter sports clothing and accessories as well as those little items such as aspirin that you sometimes need.

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There is a wonderful child care service here called The Kids Club for children ages 4 to 12. They will give your child four hours of ski lessons and a supervised lunch so you can enjoy the slopes knowing your children are also having fun. If your child takes the 1-2-3 package of three days of lessons and they are between the ages of 7 to 12, they get free lift tickets for the lower lifts for the rest of the season. Well, now
what about the kiddos from 4 to 6? They get free lift tickets anyway. All children below the age of 6 ski for free all winter long.

On weekends and holidays you can catch the ski bus from Medford or Ashland. A round-trip ticket is $10. In Medford you can catch the bus at the GI Joes or the Holiday Inn Express. In Talent at the Wi-FX Internet Cafe. In Ashland at the Windmill Inn or the U. S. Forest Service Office. For schedules and more information call 541-482-3644.

There is no lodging at the ski area itself but there is lots to choose from in Ashland, home of the popular Ashland Shakespearean Theater.

The closest towns to Mt. Ashland are Ashland and Medford. Also, Yreka, California is 36 miles away and Weed, California is 64 miles away. All are within easy driving distance. Travel I-5 to the Exit 6 turnoff and then eight miles to the ski area.

Ashland Vacation Packages

Skiing in Southern Oregon--Diamond Lake Resort

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Diamond Lake Resort is a popular destination both summer and winter. Diamond Lake is a good lake for fishing and in recent years has become a destination for snowmobilers and backcountry skiers. The snowpack us usually very deep and the snow quality rivals that of the ski areas of Colorado. Actually as I write this, October 4, 2007, they are having mixed rain and snow.

Snow cat skiing on Mt. Bailey in wild terrain is an experience you will never forget. Also at Diamond Lake there are eight miles of groomed cross country ski trails and 50 miles back country marked trails. There is a tubing and snowboarding hill with a rope tow.

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The resort is adjacent to Crater Lake National Park and the resort keeps the north entrance to Crater Lake groomed for snowmobiles. You can take a guided tour to the lake or ride your own sled. Rental sleds are available. You can also take a guided tour around the lake.

A wide choice of lodging is available from motel rooms to two-bedroom cabins. There are two restaurants at the resort. One is a cafe with family prices and the other, the Mt Thielsen Dining Room is open on weekends. A pizza parlour is three miles away but is only accessible during the winter by snowmobile, cross country skis, or snow cat.

The resort is located on Highway 138. The highway is plowed and sanded during the winter.

For more information phone 800-733-7593 or 541-793-3333 or e-mail .

I hope you enjoy skiing in Southern Oregon.

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