Putting our snomo skills to the test, we went after Bennet Peak today and made a successful run up to Two Color Lake. Special thanks to the crazy advanced sledders that laid out a track for us and did some extensive testing of snow stability with high marking under cornices and rockbands in the high alpine. It was nice to visit this area that burned last summer. It torched really hot around the Two Color Lake area and created some nice matchsticks to cruise through, providing some awesome eerie echoes.

Visibility held fairly well and we got a good look at many slopes in the Eagle...

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Mt. Fanny Skiing

Mt. Fanny is one of the three uninspiring mountain tops surrounding the Grande Ronde Valley. Looking at the mountain most of the winter, you'd wonder where the snow is because it is mostly bare on the flanks; however, it generates loads of snow up top where the mountain benches out. Most of it is flatter with thick young forests but there are some skiable glades that are accessible by snowmobile if you want to do it sled-lift style. The roads switch back so much that running a sled around and pi...   Read full guide

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