Oregon boasts the longest ski season in North America - with abundant natural snow from early fall to late spring and summer. It's majestic volcanic peaks offer amazing views, affordable lift tickets and seldom crowded slopes. With 12 unique ski areas that offer more than 16,000 acres of skiing, 400 runs, 71 ski lifts, 13 terrain parks, snow cat skiing and around 400 inches of snowfall annually, there is something for everyone.
?With another la Nina winter fast approaching, the 2011/2012 winter ski season kicks off the 75th anniversary of Timberline Lodge, originally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 28, 1937. The resort will be celebrating this anniversary with special events throughout the season; but have designated the week of April 1st as Heritage Week, welcoming a delegation from the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, and the International Skiing Heritage Association, followed by daily special events celebrating their skiing heritage though the decades.
Together with the US Forest Service, Timberline has invested over 1.5 million dollars into new improvements to the Day Lodge for this winter, and have added 2 new snow cats to their fleet in order to help ensure the best grooming on the mountain.
Meanwhile, Mt. Bachelor is investing $3.5 million toward numerous improvement projects for the upcoming winter season. Upgrades focus on improving the guest experience on-mountain and in all lodge facilities, upgrading existing infrastructure, and creating its first renewable energy source. On-mountain improvements include continued technological and mechanical upgrades to existing high speed chairlifts, and the addition of three new grooming machines to the fleet.
About Mt Hood: There are 3 resorts all on Mt. Hood; Timberline, Meadows and Skibowl. Timberline is the only ski area in North America that's open 12 months of the year and offers some of the state's most scenic skiing and up to 3,590 vertical feet. Mt. Hood Meadows is the largest ski resort on Mt. Hood with 2,150 acres of terrain with high speed express service and twelve chairlifts which access the greatest variety of terrain in the state of Oregon. Experts will revel in backcountry skiing at Heather Canyon. Mt. Hood Skibowl is America's largest night ski area, with 34 lighted runs and is a good place for beginners and families, while experts rocket down the steeps of the Upper Bowl.
About Mt. Bachelor: Mt. Bachelor is the largest ski resort in the Cascade Range, offering 3,683 acres of lift-accessible terrain. The mountain features 10 lifts, seven of which are Express Quads, plus two tubing lifts and two beginner carpets and an average annual snowfall of 370 inches. Mt. Bachelor also features 5 terrain parks, 2 half pipes, 56K of groomed and tracked cross country trails, snowshoeing, tubing and sled dog rides.
Oregon ski packages are now available to book through specialist operator, Ski Safari for the first time this season. An 11 night Oregon Trail Ski Safari to Mt. Hood & Mt. Bachelor including flights, accommodation and 4x4 car hire costs from £1629 per person based on 2 people traveling (package includes direct scheduled flights from Heathrow to Seattle on British Airways; 4x4 car rental for the duration including all insurances; 1 night Seattle; 4 nights at Timberline Lodge, 5 nights at Sunriver Resort and 1 night on the Oregon Coast)
For further details call Ski Safari on: 01273 224 060 or see www.skisafari.com/Ski-USA-The-Oregon-Trail-Safari-Details.aspx
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