We've been turned back before trying to make it out to this magical place where the snow totals rate the highest in the entire region: Milk Shakes. Today we made it out there and out of nowhere the snow went from sparse to good, almost enough you could go off trail. Some new snow overnight didn't help much to put us over the top. It was nice snow but the base isn't there yet, and people were out breaking A-arms when they tried to boondock. Even the places like Bone Springs, that typically have a higher... Read more

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Boulder Creek Basin Backcountry Ski

This route will put you on a ridge with several options, in some big and technical terrain. At the top, the NE side will have some cliffs and couloirs into the E. Fork West Eagle Creek drainage, the SW side is some lower angle tree skiing into Jim Creek, and the SE is an open slope and bowl into the Boulder Creek drainage. You can continue on to access the Copper Bowl deeper in. Continuing on the ridge from the terminus of the displayed route could get technical with cornices and some exposure as the ridge becomes more knife-like, so perhaps a safer approach to Copper may be a gentler slope just to the east of Boulder Creek, but then you will be abandoning some good ski terrain on the way...  
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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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Angell Basin Backcountry Skiing

Angell Basin and the surrounding slopes are popular for backcountry skiing and snowboarding in northeast Oregon. The peaks boasts easy access by car at a relatively high starting point at 7,000 feet. The basin is a short tour from the Anthony Lakes Ski Resort parking lot. Because of the winter recreation, the road is plowed regularly. The ski area is generally open Thursday-Sunday and holidays, but the backcountry is always open. The basin is somewhat sandwiched between the ski resort and the nordic ski area, so getting into and out of the basin is easy. Some ride the lift for a head start downhill to Hoffer Lakes and then up into the basin...  
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