Snow, snow and more snow! Winter has come to the Cascades Mountains, and Next Adventure is taking you there on New Year's Day. Resolve to get out and enjoy the natural wonders afforded us in the Pacific Northwest.
Snow flurries drifted down from the low clouds, fresh powder dusting the winter landscape. White-frosted firs bowed down laden with heavy snow. We found several inches of snow on the ground at around 3200 feet on Mt. Hood National Forest. Deep enough to ski! Contouring up the road, we saw several others on the multi-use road, but mostly we were alone in the forest stillness. By the time we reached our turnaround at 3800 feet, we were skiing on over a foot of snow, and more was still falling.
Full-on winter hit Mt. Hood Saturday. Freezing temperatures kept fresh snow sticking to the trees, and more snow kept falling all day to provide a real winter wonderland for Next Adventure's custom NW Discoveries snowshoe and cross-country ski trip.
Tree branches bowed to a white frosting of new-fallen snow. The broad white meadows glittered under a bright sun in a clear-blue sky.
It had started out another gray, foggy day down in the Willamette valley, but NW Discoveries had transported a small group to Trillium Lake Sno-Park on Mt. Hood National Forest.