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Family skiing at Spout Springs

Family skiing at Spout Springs

When you're skiing with kids, waiting in line is a sure way to put a chill on your family day on the slopes.

That's when an intimate, family-oriented ski resort with great powder can save the day.

Spout Springs, in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, is a family-run, two-chairlift ski resort operating under a permit with the Umatilla National Forest.

Though its 400 acres are nearly a mile in the sky, its highest vertical drop is only 600 feet and its longest run is a short two miles. But what it lacks in size is balanced by skiable terrain that's challenging and a whole lot of fun.

Short lines and no crowds mean more skiing for you and less hassle with the young ones, and with a T-bar, 14 downhill runs, a 10-mile groomed cross-country trail, snowboarding and a free tubing hill, everyone's going to have a great outdoor snow adventure.

They also offer food service, equipment rentals and expert ski instruction. There's night skiing, too, with the entire area brightly illuminated.

Spout always has abundant snow, and because it sits in the "banana belt" of the northern Blue Mountains, weather is rarely a problem.

Check its Web site, www.spoutspringsskiresort.com, or call 541-566-0320.

Writer Bill Miller lives in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.

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