Many families with interests split between lift-accessed skiing and Nordic skiing can find several resorts to do both in Oregon. Their Nordic facilities offer a way for those who prefer cross-country skiing to enjoy meandering on trails while other family members pound the vertical or for families to take a break one day from alpine skiing and snowboarding to put on the skinny skis.
So where can families go to find ski resorts with lifts and groomed Nordic trails in Oregon? Six resorts groom Nordic trails for track or skate skiers in addition to their lift-served slopes.
Two areas at Mt. Hood are the quickest to access from Portland. Mt. Hood Meadows offers 15 kilometers of groomed trails that tour forests and meadows. The Nordic center, which is located one mile north of the main entrance to the ski area, opens Thursdays through Sundays. Trail passes cost $5-10. Lessons and rentals are available, too.
Cooper Spur, sister resort to Mt. Hood Meadows, also opens its Nordic trails on the same days with the same rates. The resort provides 6.5 kilometers of trails groomed for skating and traditional track skiing.
Hoodoo Ski Area, located outside the Willamette Valley, grooms about 16 kilometers of trails for Nordic skiers, including one 8.8-kilometer advanced skiing trail that is accessed via a lift. Trails are groomed Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. Rates run $10-14, with holiday rates $2 more. Rentals and lessons are available.
Mt. Bachelor Resort in Bend grooms the biggest trail system in Oregon. Its 56 kilometers of daily groomed trails wind through forest and volcanic rock formations. A log lodge provides dining, wax facilities, rentals, retail, and lessons. Tickets run $9-14 midweek and $10-17 weekends and holidays. Afternoon only tickets are available, too.
Anthony Lakes Ski Area near Baker offers 29 kilometers of groomed and track set Nordic trails looping through the Elkhorn Mountains. Tickets cost $5-13, and trails are open Thursdays through Sundays. The Nordic Lodge includes a rustic place to warm up by the fire, a café, rentals, and lessons.
Willamette Pass Resort outside Eugene grooms 20-kilometers of trails for weekend and holiday skiing. The Nordic Center rents skis and sells the $6-12 trail passes, but lessons are available through the ski school.