5+ Wonderful Snowy Winter Adventures to Take with the Kids

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COVID turned 2020 into the year of constant cabin fever. But you don’t have to continue the trend into 2021, especially during the winter season. Portland families have access to an abundance of winter adventures that get them out of the house and keep them active all through the colder months. Get your calendars out and get ready to schedule out the family fun with some of our favorite winter activities. Read on to find out more.

Sledding & Tubing

Get out the winter wiggles with a day on Mt Hood! Sledding and tubing are great options for including even the youngest in some winter wonderland adventures without the price or complications of getting skiis or snowboards. Grab your inner tube, sled, or snow disc and head to the slopes! Some of our favorite spots include Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Snow Bunny and Summit Ski Area, and White River Snow Park. Check out more spots here. Put on your warmest clothes, fill up your gas tank and get ready to slide. 


Some families love the thrill of bombing down fresh powder together on a bluebird day. Others like to take things a little bit slower, pausing to inspect the tiny frozen details of a wintry landscape, or to fall backwards to create the perfect (or not-so-perfect) snow angel. Snowshoeing is a multi-sensory, meandering way to explore Portland's neighboring Mt. Hood this winter! Some of the best places for you and your family to go include Mirror Lake, Trillium Lake and Frog Lake. To find out more about these and other locations that are perfect for your family snow shoe adventure, check out this article.

Winter Road Trips

One of the best ways to kick COVID Cabin fever, is by hitting the road for your winter fun. Portland's proximity to Oregon winter adventures makes it the perfect launching pad for epic winter road trips. Pack your family's bags and load them in the SUV and head to Depot Bay for whale watching, or Sisters, Oregon for a horse ride. For more awesome winter getaways, check out our favorite spots here. We've rounded up the best destinations for your crew's Oregon family vacation. 

Hit the Slopes

It's a snowy season and there is big powder on the mountain. It’s time to head to Portland ski resorts! Finding incredible places to go skiing near Portland, Oregon is easy to do as our city has some of the best ski areas within a short drive. Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl and Teacup Lake are just a few. Grab the kids, grab your  Sno-Park pass, and enjoy epic adventure PNW-style. Find out where you can purchase tickets, rent gear, and more here.

Go Glamping

Winters in Portland can get pretty darn cold and wet. While your family may not be down for camping during the Pacific Northwest's chilliest season, chances are they'd love to go glamping! Take your crew's winter adventures to the next level and head to one of these fantastic luxury cabins where you can spend your days playing outdoors and the evenings warming up in style. Some of our favorite spot include Sun River Resort Vacation Rentals and Dancing Bear Lodge at Mt. Rainier. Get ready for the great outdoors combined with hot tubs, fully stocked kitchen's and more!

—Annette Benedetti


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