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: 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: or 541.856.3277.

Kids Carnival
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: 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: 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: or 541. 822.3799

Bend’s Pole-Pedal-Paddle
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!

Happy trails!

Editor’s Note: Thanks to for generous use of photo library. | Other credits – Ski Anthony Lakes & Bend Pole-Pedal-Paddle.

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  1. Brent says…

    06/07 is definitely Off The Grid when you’re talking Oregon. If you’re not from OR and you’re reading this book a trip FAST. Seems like in the past 2 months EVERY ski trip I’ve made to Mt. Hood there’s somebody or some group I run into that’s visiting Oregon for our snow ! Meets & handshakes that stand out: in January it was a Marine on liberty (fm Atlanta GA, but he was heading back to Afghanistan)who “needed snow” (his words) before he redeployed. Couple weeks back, stayed at Silcox Hut (Timberline Lodge) with a wild group & along the way met a snow bunny in her 50s from Germany who flew to USA specifically to ski Hood for a week (hey, age is all about attitude). Then this past wknd at Meadows it was two nurses from Marina del Rey CA who kept talking about how nice everybody was.

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