It looks like I will forever be a runner-up in the Eastern Oregon Backcountry Ski Race, this being my 3rd such result. This year's edition was a nordic-triathlon-legal race, of which I had a fun time competing with the one entrant there but in the end I fell a few seconds short. I guess as a consolation prize, I handily won the backcountry ski division. Upon completion of the race, the masses began arriving at Anthony Lakes and the inadequate lot forced parallel parking all the way down to Haines. The cluster in the parking lot proper made it very difficult to get my truck out and others... Read more

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The Winter Party 2018 Podcast 1-16-2018

The Winter Party 2018 Podcast 1-16-2018
by Brian Sather — Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Brian Sather and Tesmond Hurd discuss Jon Pardi, La Grande dropping the ball, drone crashes, redneck angels, wilderness, Joseph, poor plow jobs, Christmas miracle, spring recreation, and sandwiches.



Snowmobiling from Catherine Summit Snopark, Oregon - Taylor Green, Flagstaff, Big Creek, and West Eagle

Snowstorms from the west slam into the Wallowas at this location and generate huge snowfall from the the orographic lift of the high peaks in this area. Within a matter of a few hundred feet between Taylor Green and Flagstaff Butte the snow totals can be double to triple what is showing on the snotel at Taylor Green. The ridges and valleys past the warming shelter are very conducive to frolicking on your snow machine. ...  
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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 rest of the area is off limits to snowmobiles. The Horseshoe Prairie nordic ski trail network is an ungroomed connection of roads and trails that is off-limits to motorized use...  
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