DIAMOND LAKE – The mountains of eastern Douglas County turned into a winter wonderland in December, which drew hundreds of visitors to Diamond Lake last weekend.
“I’ve never been here before,” said Desiree Walker of Klamath Falls. “But it’s a lot of fun.”
Walker and his family came to the area to use the Hilltop Shop Snow Tubing Slide Hill.
The Hill of Tubes has five lanes and a treadmill to help people get to the top of the hill. Tickets are only available online this year and include the cost of tube rental.
Tickets sold out on Saturday as families from across the Pacific Northwest headed for the snow.
Teagan Harris of Klamath Falls had been to Diamond Lake on several occasions with her family.
The eighth grader enjoyed sliding down the mountain and getting out of the house.
Many others have also expanded their Christmas celebration with adventures in the snow.
And while many visitors came from southern Oregon, there were also a few people from the north, including Brittany Young, who made the trip from Seattle.
There was a general consensus among people using Tube Hill that the first route was faster. It is certainly the one that is used the most, which makes it possible to compact the snow and transform it into an icy slide.
People of all ages came out to hurtle down the mountain in the red, green, blue and yellow tubes. The tickets allowed people to glide down the hill for three hours during a morning or afternoon session.
In addition to the tubes, there are also snowmobiles available for rental to explore the many trails in the region.
For those looking for a good time in the snow without the adrenaline rush, there are many small hills for sledding, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the area. Rentals are available at Diamond Lake Resort.
The entire area was covered with an additional 9 inches of snow early Saturday morning creating soft powdery snow perfect for snowball battles, snowman building and first snow trips.
The area would have 13 inches of snow Sunday evening and more snow was expected in the area for the next five days.
You can reach Sanne Godfrey at [email protected] or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.