For some, winter is a time to watch the snowfall from the toasty comfort of a favorite chair. Others can’t wait to zip up the parkas and head straight for one of Oregon’s more remote, snow-covered summits for a little fun. Now you can do both at the same time when you tune in to SNOW ZONES: AN OREGON FIELD GUIDE SPECIAL hosted by Steve Amen on Thursday, December 9 at 9pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting Television.

Travel by snowshoes, skis, snowmobiles and even dogsleds to jagged mountaintops and isolated glaciers in search of winter landscapes so spectacular, they will take your frosted breath away.

This FIELD GUIDE special takes you to the towering heights of the Steens Mountain, the Wallowas, Broken Top, Mount Bailey and more with adventurers of all skill levels playing in the snow. In the Eagle Cap Wilderness, see how yurts are making a rugged skiing adventure more comfortable. Follow a couple of women who find out just what it takes to handle a team of sled dogs. Join a mountain rescue team on a training mission in the dangerous back county of glaciers and deep crevasses. See the spectacular Crater Lake in the winter. Meet an Oregonian who loves to hit speeds of over 100 miles an hour going downhill on his skis and more. Along the way you’ll see mountain lions, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bear as they struggle to survive in the rugged outback.

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In its 22nd season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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