When the Willamette Valley is socked in during the winter, the news talk is about Air Stagnation Advisories, your cure is just a few miles out of town. As you head up Highway 58 toward Willamette Pass Resort you will break out of the grey gunk that polutes your lungs and stymies your attitude. You round a bend and Diamond Peak glows in white crystals and stellar blue skies.
Once you reach Willamette Pass Resort you exit your rig and find that instead of fog and near freezing temperatures it seems like you have been transported to March or even April. Temps in the high 20's or low 30's in the sun feel even warmer. By 11am you could be in a t-shirt as you soak up the sun while you accelerate to the top of Eagle Peak on the biggest and fastest chairlift in Oregon.
From the summit of the resort volcanoes glisten in the distance. Deep blue lakes shimmer and gleam. It's waiting for you just up the road.
Get outta town, outta the gloom, get up and ski.