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Andies Famous Potatoes

Welcome to spring snowmobile season! Today turned out to be rather interesting. Local snotel data indicated there was around a foot of new snow in the Northern Blues, so we had to get out and take advantage while we could...and by we, I mean Brandon and I, since Brian bailed for the coast. We've been watching this storm all week with Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center meteorologist Thomas Schuldt's weather forecast coming in right on the money. Rain was pouring in town until we got to the last corner before Andies Prairie, then there was snow falling and sticking to the road. ODOT hadn't gotten the park cleaned out efficiently, but we just parked anyways and left. The snow in the first open meadows along the 11-mile loop was phenomenal...  
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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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