Forget escaping Portland’s wet season. This year, try embracing it. Let us show you how with secret saunas on Mount Hood, moonlight snowshoes, indulgent drinking chocolates, and the best place to watch a coastal storm. Plus, we’ll stoke some fireside chats with tales of Stumptown’s most legendary winters. So ready that hot toddy: the next cold front is on the way. We can’t wait.
02 CURLING ISN’T JUST FOR CANADIANS
If you’re like us, the sport of curling briefly mesmerizes you during its Winter Olympic cameo, then sadly vanishes from your consciousness. No longer. Twice a week, Portland’s Evergreen Curling Club offers a two-hour introduction to this convivial sport on Lloyd Center’s famous ice rink for just $20 per family. Parlez-vous bonspiel? Now you do.
03 COMFORT FOOD
Baked meatloaf-style, the mac and cheese at NoPo’s homey haven of kitsch, the Liberty Glass, is a hearty slice of soft, flawlessly seasoned, sticky goodness—there’s even a piece of swiss cheese resting atop the gooey masterpiece, browned to perfection. 938 N Cook St; 503-517-9931
04 YOU CAN LOSE THE STAIRMASTER
Instead, pick up a book: The Portland Stairs Book. Author Laura O. Foster catalogs Portland’s collection of public staircases, often tucked away in hilly, scenic neighborhoods, like Alameda Ridge, where a five-mile jaunt can include a calf-chiseling 805 stairs.
05 YOU GET TO BEAT UP ON YOUR FRIENDS
And broomball gives you a legitimate excuse. Part-hockey, part-Quidditch, and all fun, broomball involves replacing skates with sneakers, sticks with brooms, and the puck with a rubber ball. Lloyd Center Ice Rink lets would-be Gretzkys live out their Slap Shot fantasy with private group matches. They’ve got the equipment; you bring the teams. (And the pain.)
06 SUNLESS TANS
Even the pastiest bike messenger around town would admit that pretty much everyone looks better with a tan. Wrinkles and skin cancer? Not so much. Enter Portland Spa’s organic airbrush bronzer tan, which gives you a weeklong, all-over glow, minus the melanoma—and minus the orange Oompa-Loompa hue. 0315 SW Montgomery St; 503-222-0105
07 THE RESOUNDING JOY OF AN APRÈS-SKI DESSERT
Scene 1: you’re dominating the slopes at Meadows, but the sunlight is fading, and a dank chill has punctured your parka; it’s time to call it a day. Scene 2: you lounge fireside at the Alpenstube Loft in the South Lodge, a rosy hue spreading across your cheeks as you greet the Mt Hood Lava Flow—a helmet-size brownie oozing with Tillamook ice cream, chocolate sauce, and hazelnuts, served in a hot cast-iron skillet. Curtain. skihood.com
09 TRYING, THEN BUYING
Each January and February, Portland’s oldest ski purveyor, the Mountain Shop, puts on its Tele Tuesdays event under the lights of Skibowl: a night of telemark ski lessons, ski races, and getting first crack at the shop’s latest crop of demo skis (January 11 & February 8; mountainshop.net). Snowboarders: mark your calendar for the Burton Demo Tour Super Stop at Mt Hood Meadows January 15–17.