Winter Sports

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Snowy mountain with pine trees in foregroundThe recreational opportunities continue on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest during the long winter months with all types of winter sports. From mid-December through late April visitors come to the Forest to enjoy hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and sled dog racing, sledding and general snow play.

For those wishing to downhill and Nordic ski, the Anthony Lakes Mountian Resort ski area is a short drive off of Interstate 84 with overnight lodging and restaurants at several local communities.

For additional information on the Anthony Lakes Area and Grande Ronde Lake Sno-Parks please click on this link.

Winter Condition Information

Avalanche Safety - Safe backcountry travel requires preparation, planning, and experience. If you travel in the backcountry during the winter, we strongly urge you to consider advanced education. The Wallowa Avalanche Center provides Northeast Oregon condition summaries, and back country reports, as well as education and weather links.

Forest Road Conditions - Advisory

During the winter season motor-vehicular use is allowed on some Forest Service roads that are not groomed for snowmachine use, or not closed with a Forest order. However visitors should be aware that changing winter road conditions may restrict their use. Some roads may be impassable due to snow levels, frozen surfaces, downed trees, or other hazardous conditions.  Be prepared! If you are planning a visit during the winter season, make sure you check current weather forecasts and take the proper clothing and equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

State Road Conditions - State road conditions can be found on these links:

Sno-Park Information

With the  2003 change in the State of Washington's Sno-Park program regulation, Oregon's Sno-Park permits will no longer be honored in Washington Sno-Parks. As a result, Oregon will no longer be able to honor Washington's Sno-Park permit. Vehicles registered in Washington will need to have a valid Oregon Sno-Park permit displayed on the vehicle when parked in an Oregon Sno-Park effective November 1, 2013. For more information please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation Sno-Park webpage.

Snowmachine Routes

Snowmachine trail riding is an enjoyable way for many visitors to see the National Forest in the winter time...(more information about snowmachine riding and routes)