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Temperatures are dropping, and the moisture is upon us. In the Cascades, this means fluffy, white snow and exhilarating Oregon skiing and snowboarding. Hurrah!

In Eugene and on the Oregon Coast, this means rainy day hikes and warm, cozy getaways. Ahhh...

Snow Sports

Willamette Pass Ski Area features the fastest six passenger lift in Oregon and 12 miles (19 km) of cross-country trails.

Several great Sno-Parks offer easy access to snow play. Go sledding and tubing at Salt Creek Falls on a family-friendly maintained snow-hill. Or traipse around Gold Lake on snow shoes.

Hoodoo Ski Area includes a five-acre Hoodoo Autobahn with one of the largest tube hills in the Northwest.

Stay safe on your winter explorations with our Winter Driving Guide. And be sure to check the latest ski, road and weather conditions before heading out.

Call the Adventure Center for a snow report at 541.484.5307.

Whale Watch & Storm Watch

On the Oregon Coast this is the peak season for winter whale watching, as spouting mammoth gray whales embark on their southern migration.

Nature hobbyists and storm chasers also relish winter storm watching, with its huge thundering waves and dramatic skies. The Oregon Coast is known for its gusty winds and rolling fog banks.

Ideal outdoor vantage points include:

We also reccommend observing these natural wonders from a cozy indoor window seat! The Surfside Restaurant & Lounge at Driftwood Shores in Florence Oregon is a prime oceanfront location with hot drinks and great Northwest cuisine.

More Ways to Stay Warm

Bundle up for some seasonal adventures throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region: