Bennet Peak rewards you after a successful technical climb with wide open gentle ridgetop riding and spectacular views. The climb in question is a bottleneck shortly before Bennet Peak that sends you up a narrow steep ridge with big mature trees that are difficult to navigate. Once you've topped out on this short ramp, it opens up again before and after the peak, which isn't much of a peak at all. There can be some difficult cornices to navigate approaching Bennet Peak but otherwise the riding is pretty easy until you want to go after the prize climb up Hummingbird.

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Winter Recreation at Andies Prairie

Andies Prairie Snopark in Tollgate, Oregon provides a variety of opportunities for winter recreation at the top of the Blue Mountains. The sledding hill is a two-sided gravel pit that looks like a giant half-pipe and provided tons of fun and bruises all day. There is a designated winter overnight camping area if you want to test your skills at this, close enough you can still use the bathroom facilities in the parking area. Snowmobile trail access is at the south end of the parking area. The res...   Read full guide

Wing Ridge Backcountry Skiing - Wallowa Mountains, Joseph Oregon

If you enjoy wide open bowl skiing in the alpine, there are several nice options on the north side of Wing Ridge that you can access from Salt Creek Summit Snopark. This is one of the most popular backcountry ski destinations in the Wallowas because of the proximity to Joseph and a drive-able winter road up to one of the highest winter-maintained roads in the state, at 6,120' at the snopark. The immediate access to the ski terrain is a bonus too. And did I mentioned the terrain is awesome! You'l...   Read full guide

McCully Basin Backcountry Skiing

McCully is one of the classic ski basins in the region because of its proximity to Joseph and Ski Fergi and relatively safe approach. However, it is a long moderate slog into the basin so it is a bit of a reach for a one day tour. Thanks to the Wallowa Alpine Huts, there is a yurt for a comfortable multi-day stay. This will give you time to fully enjoy the nice mix of big terrain and small-but-fun undulations. The...   Read full guide