With the start of winter just days away, many people are wondering what outdoor recreation areas are going to be open this winter in Oregon?
This is an understandable question to ask; the good news is that most outdoor recreation areas in the state of Oregon are going to be open this winter but, some conditions apply.
In this article, we will break down the things that you can expect this winter from outdoor recreation areas in the state of Oregon.
What To Expect From Ski Areas
As of today, most major ski areas are planning on being open this winter but, before heading off to your favorite ski spot, you should look on their website to view the criteria that they have set for the 2020-2021 ski season.
Many ski areas are going to be doing things differently than they’ve done in previous years. For example, Mount Bachelor did not open until December 7th and they require skiers to reserve a parking spot while Mount Hood Meadows is currently only open to season pass holders.
If you plan on going to Hoodoo, the good news is that they are going to be open like normal but, restaurants in the area or only going to be serving food takeout only.
The most popular way to access snowy recreation is via sno-parks in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. The most popular sno-parks are around Santiam and Willamette passes, the Mount Hood area, and the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Bend.
Snow Shelters And Warming Huts Will Be Closed
Like most snowboarders or skiers, you probably have used warming huts or snow shelters in the past. In 2020, due to Covid-19, you can expect warming huts and snow shelters to be closed.
Thanks to the internet, you should be able to find updated information regarding closures or changes at your favorite ski areas, before you head out so it’s important to make sure that you have the latest information because some ski spots may change their criteria as cases of Covid-19 are increasing.