Full-on powder day at Bennet Peak. A healthy dose of 16 inches of new, accompanied with some wind in the last 24hr left a clean slate up high. While coverage is still thin at the lower elevations, once you top out on the shelf above 7,000' the snow gets heavenly right now. Nice light snow with a supportive base for some grip, made for perfect carving and climbing. We made it up to the highest legal snowmobile location in the Wallowas (8,300'), and there was still a firm melt/freeze layer that high under the new snow.

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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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