The Best National Parks in Winter Slideshow

The Best National Parks in Winter Slideshow

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Come winter, an average of 44 feet of snow dump on Crater Lake, turning the 30-mile, tourist-choked loop of the Rim Road into a deep and wild backcountry playground. Adventurous souls can embark upon a three- or four-day ski tour of the caldera's rim, soaking in the impossible blues of the nation's deepest lake at a civilized pace. Most parties go in March or April and head clockwise from Rim Village to Park Headquarters, taking advantage of longer days, fewer storms and a 700-foot net loss in elevation (though it still includes 4,850 hard-earned feet of climbing). Be sure to bring winter camping gear and sound avalanche training.


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