Just three hours from Bend, sporting great terrain and affordability, Warner Canyon Ski Area is a great family friendly weekend getaway. Plus, supporting community and club ski resorts around the region after a multi-year drought is important to the success of the entire Oregon winter industry.
Showcasing about 800 vertical and 200 acres accessible from a three-seater lift with a mid-mountain get-off, Warner is impressive for a community non-profit. With 22 runs to choose from there are equal number advanced and intermediate/beginner lines and the longest trail measures 1.1 miles.
There is a black diamond run called Coyote to the skiers’ left, which takes riders on a steep drop into the trees where any number of untracked paths can be explored. To skiers’ far far right, there are many aches of un-groomed gullies, kicker rocks and other such playful features to jib.
Overall, Warner provides a great balance of traditional resort corduroy and lift accessible side country ambiance.
Warner is located 11 miles, about 15 minutes drive, from the town of Lakeview where there are plenty of options for accommodation. Budget options include the cozy Stevens two bedroom Lakeview Cottage which can be reserved at 541-382-1872 or Hunters Hot Springs, 541-947-4242.
The operators at Warner Canyon say they can provide an excellent shred fest at a fraction of the cost with none of the lines or crowds.
For more information on cost, terrain, and cross country, backcountry, and snowmobile trails see, http://warnercanyon.org or call 541-947-5001.