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Visit the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Winter

The expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument offers outstanding opportunities for a variety of winter sports within a short drive of residents and visitors to southern Oregon. Plentiful snow at higher elevations makes cross-country skiing, snowmobile touring and snow-play a popular way to visit the monument in winter.

For cross country skiers, the Buck Prairie Nordic Ski Trails system is only 13 miles from Ashland and offers a well-marked trail system suitable for skiers of all levels. Views from high points on the system stretch from Mount Shasta in the south to Mount McLoughlin and the rim of Crater Lake in the north. Snowmobilers can access similar outstanding views on a diverse network of loop trails following unplowed roads through dense forests and open ridgetops. Families gather at the popular Table Mountain Winter Play Area near Hyatt Lake which contains a large tubing/sledding hill, warming hut and plowed parking.

A number of small bed-and- breakfasts and lodges in the immediate area are open in winter, or visitors can drive to Ashland, Medford or Klamath Falls for a complete array of visitor services.

A lovely sunset to end a lovely day. My mom went out on her cross country skis for the first time this year, leaving these two trails in the snow. I’ll have to see if my ski boots still fit before winter is over. (we got a lot of rain yesterday and today, but there’s more snow in the forecast)

Ski track through a burned forest near Tulit'a, Northwest Territories, Canada. These trees burned in a huge fire that almost engulfed the town of Tulit’a in 1995. Amazingly, the fire spared the town, though everyone who was evacuated thought for sure it would be destroyed. The fire even jumped the Bear River and almost made it to Norman Wells before dying out. Because the summers are so short and the climate is so dry there is very little decomposition. Nineteen years later most of the burned trees are still standing.