Instant Adventures: Portland, OR

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Make some turns under the lights of Hoodoo Mountain, where local lore has it that a rare creature called a Hodag grabs ski tips and drags skiers to the ground. Or maybe said locals have drunk too much 8 percent Cave Bear Barley microbrew. Find out for yourself.


Sign on with Mount Bailey Snowcat Skiing, based out of Diamond Lake: You won't find much blower powder, but you will find a 600-inch average annual snowfall. Ask lead guide and owner Gus Gustafson to take you down the Refrigerator Door, one of more than two dozen 1,200-vertical-foot avalanche chutes with 45-degree top-to-bottom pitches. Later, tongue-wrestle a Black Butte Porter in the Diamond Room Lounge before wobbling over to your bed in the rustic Diamond Lake Resort Motel.


Rent a classic crosscountry ski setup from the House of Ski & Board in Mount Shasta and head up the south entrance to Crater Lake, America's second-deepest lake. Gliding for up to 30 miles around the ungroomed West Rim Road offers great views of the unbelievably sapphire water-and avoids snowshoeing school groups. Next, check in at the waterfront Riverhouse in Bend and toast the day with locally handcrafted Crater Lake Vodka at the Bendistillery Sampling Room and Martini Bar.


If Mount Bachelor's summit is open-which is usually the case, contrary to popular opinion-you can exploit 3,683 acres of backcountry skiing within bounds. The best bet is to get on the Summit Express, forgo the temptation to drop into the Cirque Bowl, and head to the back side. Go straight through the gate and traverse skiers' left to Larry Valley for 2,000 vertical feet of 30-degree plunge.

Sick Day

Check in with Discover Bicycles in Hood River for mountain-bike trail maps to the Syncline, the local's year-round fat-tire riding zone. Thread the technical and twisty Little Moab downhill.

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