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Well this storm definitely delivered! Timberline Lodge & Ski Area and Mt. Hood Meadows are both reporting FIVE FEET of fresh snow in the last week, and another storm is currently brewing! Be sure to plan ahead this busy MLK weekend for challenging travel, or consider car-free transportation to Mt. Hood and car-free transportation around Bend and Mt. Bachelor. These deep powder conditions also call for increased safety awareness, brush up at deepsnowsafety.org. Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon added another THREE FEET on top of an already impressive early season snowpack. Mt. Bachelor has received SIX FEET of snow from this storm cycle and is planning on implementing “enforced mandatory buddy riding” for certain areas including the just-opened West Bowls off the Northwest Express chairlift. Think Safety First as you enjoy these all-time conditions!
- Timberline Ski Area is operating seven days a week from 9:00am to 4:00pm weather permitting, plus night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights through March 7, 2020. Get a free lift up to Timberline with the Timberline Shuttle which circulates between Timberline and Summit Ski Area in Government Camp. Check the conditions report for updates.
- Mt. Bachelor is open seven days a week with the majority of lifts open including Northwest Express, Cloudchaser, Outback, Pine Marten, Skyliner, Sunrise, Alpenglow, Rainbow, Early Riser and Lava Tube & First Rays carpets areas (plus the newly-renovated Sunrise Lodge); Summit isexpected to open when weather conditions allow. All lifts operate daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The nordic center is also open daily for the season. Get a lift up from Bend with the Mt. Bachelor Shuttle operating daily for $5 (exact change only).
- Mt. Ashland is open for the season with the lifts running Thursday through Monday from 9:00am to 4:00pm with twilight skiing until 9:00pm Thursday and Friday. The resort is reporting 69-inches at the base, 65-inches mid-mountain, and 58-inches on the Summit. The free mountain shuttle offers hourly departures from the Ashland Hills Hotel from 7:00am to 5:00pm on weekends and holidays.
- Mt. Hood Meadows is open for the season operating from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily, plus 9:00am to 9:00pm (Meadows After Dark) Wednesdays through Sundays. The resort is nearly 100% open thanks to the mid-week opening of Lower Heather Canyon, stay tuned for opening of the upper terrain as conditions allow. Meadows After Dark features 140 acres of night-lighted terrain served by the Mt. Hood Express high speed quad and other lifts. The Nordic Center is open Thursday through Monday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
- Hoodoo Ski Area is open Thursday through Monday (closed Tues/Wednesday) from 9:00am to 4:00pm, plus night skiing until 9:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Autobahn Tubing park is open Friday through Sunday from 9:00 – 4:00pm. Nordic skiing is coming soon (stay tuned for season opener). Hoodoo offers $25 lift tickets on Thrifty Thursday and 2-for-1 tickets for current and former military on Military Monday, with live music every Friday night though the season. Check the conditions report for updates.
- Summit Ski Area is open for skiing and tubing Thursday through Monday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
- Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is open Thursday through Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The mountain has received 33” of new snow this week. Groomed runs will includingBroadway, Variety, Vista Drive, and Road Run, with the following groomed cross country trails: Lake Loop, Campground Loop, Gunsight, College, College Extension, Training Loop, Lily Pad, Upper and Lower Francy. Join Anthony Lakes on Thursdays for half-priced tickets.
- Warner Canyon is open January 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 (Open MLK Day), 24, 25, 26. Check the conditions report for updates.
- Willamette Pass is open with regular operating hours beginning Friday, January 10th. The resort is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:00am to 4:00 pm, plus additional holidays.
- Mt. Hood Skibowl is opening the lifts as of Thursday, January 9, with the Multopor Chair, Lower Bowl Chair and conveyor lifts open from 3:00 pm -10:00 pm. Tubing ticket are also available, which includes Frosty’s Playland, 4,300 square foot amaze’n maze, and indoor play structure.
- Ferguson Ridge Fergi is generally open weekends & holidays through the first Saturday in April from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
- Cooper Spur Mountain Resort is opening this Friday, January 16th, hours will be 4:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday and 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday through Monday. Follow the Cooper Spur website for updates and to see the new resort webcam.
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Saturday, January 18: Backcountry Fest (formerly known as Tele-Fest) at Hoodoo Ski Area. Backcountry Fest is a celebration of free-heel skiing with demos, live music from 5:15 – 8:30 pm by Alder Street Band and samples from Three Creeks Brewing of Sisters. A great time for Nordic skiers and those who want to try free-heel skiing, but aren’t sure where to start.
Saturday, January 18: Saturday Night Lights Fireworks at 8:00pm at Skibowl East with live DJs and Cosmic Tubing.
Saturday, January 18: Live Music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes featuring Good Times Bad Times from 3-6:00pm.
Saturday, January 18: Free all-ages Intro to Freestyle clinic At Timberline Lodge & Ski Area to learn the ins and outs of freestyle terrain, get a few tips, and take part in a slopestyle contest.
Monday, January 20, 2020: Rotary Club Fundraiser at Mt. Hood Meadows
January 30–Feb. 2, 2020: Third annual Winter PrideFest at Mt. Bachelor featuring daily organized groups for Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, plus the popular Drag Tubing.
Saturday, February 1, 2020: Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) Junior Racers / Ellie Ski Day. Youth under 25 years old who have a disability and all U of O students with a disability are eligible for a full day of skiing and fun at Hoodoo Ski Area!
Sunday, February 2: Super Bowl Sunday at Mt. Hood Meadows
Friday, February 7: 3F Rail Jam at Skibowl.
Saturday, February 8: Winter Carnival at Hoodoo Ski Area. Winter Carnival has been a tradition at Hoodoo for decades and includes a number of free events (no lift ticket required): ax throwing booth, frisbee golf, musical chairs, a three-legged obstacle race, a team tube race, a hula-hoop contest, a fly-athalon, a pie eating contest, a ski javelin throw, an archery contest, a Hoodoo employee snow sculpture contest and bingo. The lifts are open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Highlights include a special dinner menu, the Dummy Downhill contest, the annual torchlight descent and professional fireworks on the mountain.
Sunday, February 9: Live Music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes featuring Bag Of Hammers from 3-6:00pm.
Friday, February 14: 12th Annual 80s Night at Skibowl.
Saturday, February 15: Live Music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes featuring Chicken Gamblers from 3-6:00pm.
Saturday, February 15: Saturday Night Lights Fireworks at 8:00pm at Skibowl East with live DJs and Cosmic Tubing.
Saturday, February 1: Beach Party at Anthony Lakes featuring Live Music upstairs in the lodge with Greenneck Daredevils from 3-6:00pm.
Sunday, February 9: EO Backcountry Festival at Anthony Lakes
Saturday, February 22: Powder For Pups at Skibowl.
February 24-26, 2020: Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) Heroes Veterans Weekend. Heroes is held to honor PNW Veterans with a permanent physical disability and a caregiver with a weekend of winter fun in Central Oregon!
Friday, March 6: 3F Rail Jam at Skibowl.
Saturday, March 7: Kegs For A Cure at Skibowl. Beer sampling and live Dj with proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Assoc.
Saturday, March 7: Snow Blast! at Anthony Lakes featuring Disco Infernos upstairs in the lodge from 3-6:00pm.
Weekend of March 7-8: Ski & Ride for a Cure at Skibowl. 24 hours ski and snowboarding event.
Saturday, March 14: Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) Ski for All at Mt. Bachelor. This full day all-abilities ski-a-thon to ski/ride as many vertical feet in one day as possible to raise funds for OAS.
Saturday, March 21: Saturday Night Lights Fireworks at 8:00pm at Skibowl East with live DJs and Cosmic Tubing.
Saturday, March 21: Live Music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes featuring Hillfolk Noir from 3-6:00pm.
Saturday, March 21: 19th Annual Snowbeach Festival at Skibowl featuring a pond skimming contest, hot dog and pie eating contest and beer sampling.
Friday, March 27: 32nd Annual Ski for Sunshine at Skibowl benefit for the Portland Police Sunshine Division. Donate 10 cans of food to receive a free day lift ticket.
Saturday, March 28: Live Music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes featuring Ellwood from 3-6:00pm.
Saturday, April 4: Live Music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes featuring Tylor & The Trainrobbers from 3-6:00pm.
April 22-26, 2020: RendezVan Festival & Woodward Peace Park Championships at Mt. Bachelor. RendezVan is a multi-day event hosted by Mt. Bachelor that celebrates Pacific Northwest van culture with craft food and beverages, music, and spring skiing and snowboarding. The 2020 Woodward Peace Park Championships will feature a special, five-day-only championship course with public access available on April 26.
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Ski and Snowboard Safety
Skiers and snowboarders should always follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code, which exists to raise awareness that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce:
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Similarly, those skiing in steep and ungroomed terrain should be familiar with Deep Snow Safety and become informed on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Find more tips on skiing and snowboarding safety here. Avalanche forecasts are available through the Northwest Avalanche Center (Mt. Hood), Central Oregon Avalanche Center, and Wallowa Avalanche Center in Eastern Oregon.