Last Weekly Update of 2010: 11/18/2010

This week’s update can be summed up in one word: snow! The leaves have fallen and the winter season is upon us. Just one week from Thanksgiving, Oregonians will spend the week watching powder pile up in the mountains and uncorking wine in preparation for Thanksgiving weekend winery open houses.

Thanks to all our leaf peeping friends around the state who helped report on color changes throughout the fall foliage season. See you in 2011!

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Tune up the gear because the forecast is for an early opening for Willamette Pass Resort and Hoodoo Recreation & Ski Area. Hit the Thanksgiving Wine Trail Celebration Thanksgiving weekend. Shop for locally crafted gifts starting November 20 at Eugene Saturday Market’s indoor Holiday Market. For more ideas and happenings in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, check out our winter adventures.

Coast
Everyone “in the know” knows that winter is whale and storm watching season on the Oregon Coast. Gear up and grab a seat above the crashing surf, or grab an oceanfront room and watch nature’s fury at its best. December 26 through January 1 is Whale Watch Week, and you’ll find volunteers at viewpoints along Highway 101 with binoculars and information to share about the 18,000 gray whales migrating from Alaska to Mexico.

Willamette Valley
Hundreds of artisan wineries will open their doors for Thanksgiving weekend wine tastings, making it the perfect time to check out seasonal specials and events. Find more winter travel ideas throughout the valley at OregonWineCountry.org.

Greater Portland
The best part of winter in Portland is the holiday cheer downtown, when the tree is lit up in Pioneer Courthouse Square, surrounded by holiday shopping and a festive atmosphere.

Mt. Hood/ Columbia River Gorge
A hike on the Salmon River Trail near Zigzag is always a wonderful winter season walk. Don’t miss beautiful Wah Gwin Gwin Falls when visiting Multnomah Falls in the Gorge this winter.

Southern Oregon
Winter enthusiasts in Southern Oregon love skiing on Mt. Bailey and Mt. Ashland Ski Area. Paige Mountain near Grants Pass also offers snow sports. In the Klamath Falls area, visit Bill Collier Community Ice Arena at the Running Y.

Central Oregon

Visit Central Oregon in winter for blue skies and crisp mountain air. Strap on skis, lace up the the skates, pull out the sled and start a family tradition with a winter getaway in Central Oregon.

Eastern Oregon
Play in the snow this winter at Ferguson Ridge in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, offering downhill skiing, cross country skiing and dog sled races. Take a spin around the ice skating rink at Enterprise City Park, or snowmobile through the Steens (permit required).

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