As you start planning your Sunriver ski vacation, you may be tempted to spend all your time on the mountain, riding the lifts to the top and then skiing your way down—lather, rinse, repeat. This COULD be your entire vacation story, but we’re here to tell you there are many ways to have fun in the snow, and cross country skiing is another popular option! Cross country skiing Oregon moves at a slower pace, allowing you the opportunity to take notice of the scenery that is so beautiful it can bring tears to your eyes, and because there aren’t any steep drops involved, it may be the sport that appeals to the timid members of your clan!
Oregon Cross Country Skiing AKA Nordic Skiing
Oregon Cross country skiing involves a different skill set than the downhill type, and to help you get the hang of the movements needed, Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort offers beginner classes (starting at $55 per person and topping out at $450 for six 1-hour private sessions) and ski rentals at reasonable prices; after an hour of guidance you will be set free to explore the 56 kilometers of Nordic trails, but the resort isn’t the only game in town.
Skiers willing to travel a bit further will find new adventures to conquer during their Oregon cross country activities. The Paulina Lakes trails located about 20 minutes from your Sunriver Pines vacation escape are a popular choice. For those with an overactive thrill-seeking gene, the ungroomed trails found at Edison Sno-Park (also 20 minutes from Sunriver) will get your heart rate up more than a bit, and if you’re staying in one of our pet friendly rentals, bring Fido along; these trails welcome your loyal companion! Also offering warming huts that will be much appreciated on the coldest of days, you can pack a lunch, take a rest, and allow your frozen tootsies to thaw before heading back to your personal base camp in Sunriver.
Still looking for new vistas to explore? The Virginia Meissner Trail offers 10 more miles of Nordic trail for your skiing pleasure, but it is about a 30-minute drive from home.
Novice cross country skiers may find it surprising how hungry they get while “strolling” along the trails, but we at Sunriver Pines know that you expend a lot of energy, even on a short trail! Fortunately, whichever trail you take, you will discover you are not far from really good food. South Bend Bistro, located at the Village at Sunriver, offers a wonderful après ski menu, filled with specialties that include exquisitely prepared roasted duck, king salmon, and a filet mignon so juicy and thick, it is as if you were tasting heaven with every bite! Their cocktail menu features classic favorites, such as a Brandy Alexander and a Gin Fizz, but it is their signature drinks that linger happily on your palate; a Toasted Coconut Martini created with White Chocolate Godiva, Pearl coconut vodka, simple syrup, topped with a toasted coconut rim is so sweet and delicious, it serves as both a drink and a dessert.
When you are practicing your freestyle cross country skiing closer to Bend, some of the trails lead you right past the Old Mill District and a plethora of dining options. The best French fries in town can be found here at the Boxwood Kitchen & Supper Club, but please, do not limit yourself to just the fries; their menu filled with comfort food created with a modern twist always seems to have the perfect dish for whatever occasion you are celebrating! Greg’s Grill is a simple all-American restaurant that features high ceilings clad in tongue and groove wood and is famous for burgers, prime rib, and charcuterie trays. (Yes, we did say all-American, but American food has always been a blend of different cultures, so we have no qualms about including the trays under this particular food classification!) And if your tour of the day takes you through the tranquil beauty of the Virginia Meissner trail in Lapine, the Harvest Depot has been a family favorite since the day it opened! Serving hearty dishes that stick to the ribs and give you the energy to continue on your tour of cross country ski trails, every bite promises to be better than the last. Deli sandwiches accompanied by fries that easily compete with those you tried earlier at the Boxwood Kitchen & Supper Club, breakfast plates topped with farm fresh eggs, locally sourced meats, and fresh baked breads, and a simple cup of Joe served black, letting diners add their own sweeteners!
Fireplaces, Hot Tubs, and Extra Blankets
Sunriver can get cold in the winter, but when you stay in one of our Sunriver Pines vacation homes, you’ll find many ways to stay warm! Many of our homes come with hot tubs on the deck or fireplaces in the living areas, and ALL come with extra blankets—reserve yours today!