Spring skiing and riding in Oregon
It’s March, and once again we are sittin’ pretty with deep snowpacks and new snow in the forecast. The latest storms dropped over five feet of new snow at some of our Oregon Ski Areas, giving us the thick snow bases we will use to ski and ride well into April at most areas, and throughout the entire summer on Mt. Hood!
Spring skiing and riding has given me some of my best experiences and memories in the Oregon Mountains. From the sunny, smiley faces in the parks to laying down fast cruisers, to riding light, knee-deep snow in April; all of it happens throughout spring in Oregon and I am excited!!
Spring also brings many great events, competitions and celebrations to our ski areas, giving all of us fun reasons to head uphill. Here are some suggestions:
Screamin’ Tele Lizard Classic
Mt. Ashland, March 10, 2007
Includes two giant slalom runs with a tele-twist for all ski levels. Contestants are judged on costume creativity (Abe Lincoln, Nordic Viking, Elvis), big air and speed. And it’s all in the name of telemark skiing. For more information: www.mtashland.com or 541.482.2897.
Mt. Hood Meadows, March 17, 2007 – March 24, 2007
Cross country skiing with man’s best friend. A clinic will be presented March 17 and then a trail day on March 24 at the Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center.
Ski Anthony Lakes’ Snow Blast
Ski Anthony Lakes, March 17, 2007
Turns the Eastern Oregon mountain resort into an all-day party that starts at 10am. It includes such fun events as on-snow mountain biking, big air competitions and “Dummy Downhill” (you’ll have to call to get more info on this one). After a day in the snow enjoy a BBQ, bonfire, live music and fireworks. For more information: www.anthonylakes.com or 541.856.3277.
Mt. Hood Meadows, March 24, 2007
Is presented by Radio Disney and includes a giant tubing hill, games, contests, a live performance by Radio Disney’s RD Frequency and more. For more information: www.skihood.com or 800.SKI.HOOD.
Suds on the Slopes Beer Festival
SkiBowl, March 24, 2007
Suds on the Slopes Beer Festival features live music, seasonal microbrews, brewers Olympics and a pond-skimming contest that is sure to be hilarious. For more information: www.skibowl.com or 800.SKIBOWL.
Vegetate – Skiing and Snowboarding for Native Wildflowers
Mt. Hood Meadows, April 6, 2007 – April 8, 2007
Hoodoo’s Spring Fling
Hoodoo, April 7, 2007
The main attraction is the pond-skimming course. You can try it on snow skis, or bring your water skis! For more information: www.hoodoo.com or 541. 822.3799
Mt. Bachelor, May 19, 2007
This relay race is broken down into six legs, starting at Mt. Bachelor with a downhill ski race, followed by cross-country skiing, road biking, a five-mile run, kayaking and a sprint to the finish. It’s a great spectator event, too, as the participants don some pretty crazy costumes. New this year is a “Retro Division” where competitors will be required to compete in wooden skis, 1-speed bikes, Converse All-Stars and wooden boats!
I know there are fresh lines in the near future and I know the blue skies will open up to sunny days on the Oregon slopes. Get your sun screen ready and don’t put away your powder sticks just yet, there is more to come!
Editor’s Note: Thanks to www.OutdoorExposure.com for generous use of photo library. | Other credits – Ski Anthony Lakes & Bend Pole-Pedal-Paddle.
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