Black Butte Ranch – The Place for Winter Adventure

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Black Butte Ranch has a saying – “There is a place.” One long weekend there this winter and you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about.

It’s a place that becomes a peaceful escape for folks stuck in the hustle and bustle of city life just 147 miles from Portland and 30 miles from the airport in Redmond. (Home to direct flights from SLC, LAX, PHX, DEN, SFO, SEA and PDX.)

It’s a place with wide open spaces in the shadows of snow-covered mountain peaks that seem just a stone’s throw away. It’s a place for the adventureous with plenty of room to Nordic ski or head out for a starlight campfire and snowshoe excursion.  It’s a place for the romantics with live music in the Aspen Lounge and Vino Thursday all winter long. And it’s a place for the kids with fun arts and crafts at the Lakeside Activity Center.

(Cross country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Glaze Meadow Rental Shop. A sledding hill is located west of the Glaze Meadow Golf Course parking lot on Ponderosa.)

You don’t have to go far to enjoy fine dining.  The award-winning Lodge Restaurant is the highlight of the Ranch, providing a relaxed, fine dining experience with some of the most spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. The new Lakeside Bistro features coffee, espresso and bakery offerings in the morning and savory food options and beverage selections for the remainder of the day.

The Aspen Lounge, perched high atop the 3rd floor of the Lodge, offers a scenic vista and special retreat to enjoy regionally inspired house-made cocktails, wine and draft beers, and a casual meal

Cross Country skiing near Black Butte

It’s also a place so close to much more. Sisters and its Old West vibe is just a few minutes away. Check out the locally made craft beer and amazing menu at Three Creeks Brewery or some down-home dining at Cottonwood Cafe.

Skiers looking for “steep and cheap” have to look no further than Hoodoo, just 15 miles west of the ranch. Hoodoo is a no-frills, all-fun ski area that’s been a local’s favorite for generations. What’s more – by the time the lifts stop turning at some resorts, Hoodoo just flips on the lights for some of the most fun night-skiing in the West.

Making turns at Hoodoo Ski Resort near Sisters, Oregon
Hoodoo Ski Area

Not into the adrenaline of downhill skiing or snowboarding? How about the family-friendly Autobahn Tubing Park? Just enough speed to make the kids feel like they’re flying…tame enough for thrill-dodging parents to have some fun too. Black Butte is the official lodging partner for Hoodoo, so they have some great stay-and-ski packages.

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Autobahn Tubing Park at Hoodoo

Another winter adventure option is located right across the highway from the Hoodoo entrance road. Santiam Sno Park is a popular sledding area with nearby trails for skiers and snowshoers. Ray Benson Sno Park, about one mile from Hoodoo, offers a variety of trails for winter sports. Dog teams, snowmobiliers, skiers, snowshoers and skijorers all enjoy this popular winter sno park. All parks require sno park permits, available at Black Butte Ranch, Hoodoo and other Sisters locations.

Plan your trip to Black Butte Ranch today and discover a place you’ll never forget.


Here’s a rundown of some of Black Butte’s holiday/winter happenings through January.


24      Thanksgiving Day Plated  Brunch, 10:30 – 4:30 pm

26      Annual BBR Turkey Trot & Fun /Walk, 11am 541-595-1282

26      Sisters Christmas Parade, 2pm


2       BBR Tree Lighting Ceremony, Lodge, 5:30 pm

10      Holiday Open House at Big  Meadow Golf Shop, 10am

15      Vino Thursday & Artist
Reception, 5 – 7pm

16      Live Music in the Aspen Lounge, 6:30 – 8:30  541-595-1260

17     Holiday Open House at Glaze Meadow Sports Shop,
10am-3pm 541-595-1258

17, 18  Breakfast with Santa,  Lodge Restaurant, 9am 541-595-1260

21          Sisters High Desert Bell Choir at the Lodge, 6-7pm 541-595-1260

22, 26, 28  Snowshoe & Bonfire Adventure, 2-4pm or 5-7pm 541-595-5879

23          Live Music in the Aspen Lounge, 6:30 – 8:30

23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1/1  Lodge Restaurant Plated Brunch, 10am – 2pm
Regular dinner service, 5pm-Close 541-595-1260

24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1/1  Carriage Rides, 11am – 3pm, $10 (Kids under 5 are free) 541-595-1252

25       Christmas Day Plated Brunch, 10:30 – 4:30 pm, 541-595-1260

30       Live Music in the AspenLounge, 6:30–8:30 541-595-1260

31       New Year’s Eve Dinner at theLodge Restaurant, 4:30pm 541-595-1260


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