• Saving Snow Documentary Screening

    Posted on in category Film

    March 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm In Bend,  Hosted by The Environmental Center and 10 Barrel Brewing.  Learn more about the film here.

    Across the country, people who depend on winter for their livelihood are feeling the heat. On the sidelines of skiing and snowboarding, an epic struggle to reverse rising temperatures is unfolding. Ski towns and the snow sports industry are paving the way towards a clean energy future.

    This 53-minute documentary by filmmaker Diogo Freire finds specific examples of communities that are being affected—and also show how they’re responding. “Saving Snow” focuses on people coming to terms with these changes. But it also presents solutions. The film highlights individuals and organizations who are working to reduce their communities’…

  • Thanks For The Info COTA

    Posted on in category Biking
    USFS Trail Closures Shift to Storm King & Grand Slam Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) Post from 2/18/18  Website and More Info Here! The USFS’s West Bend thinning project efforts have shifted to sections along The Cascade Lakes Highway by green gate, closing a small section of Storm King on the south side of the highway, as well as continued weekday closure of a section of Grand Slam.  Trail access restrictions on Catch & Release have been lifted.

    There are many organizations contributing to the awesomeness of Central Oregon and the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) is one of them. This is a local 100% volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining and improving trails in our…

  • March Nature Night: The Era of Megafires

    Posted on in categories Event , Film

    Tuesday March 21 at the Tower Theater. Hosted by the Deschutes Land Trust. Learn about fire and it’s growing impact on Central Oregon. Free Tickets and More Info Here.

    The year 2017 was a record fire year with 9.1 million acres burning in the U.S. More than 680,000 acres burned in Oregon alone, in at least 33 different fires, one of which was a megafire that burned 191,000 acres. Join Dr. Paul Hessburg for an engaging, multimedia presentation about wildfire, its natural role in our Central Oregon forests, and how that role has changed. Learn how we’ve interrupted the natural fire cycle of our forests and how, with a rapidly warming climate, we are experiencing more of these megafires.…

  • Preview the New Demo Day At Hoodoo

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Saturday March 17th at Hoodoo Ski Area More Info Here!

    Want to try all of the newest and coolest ski and snowboard gear for free? Come out to Hoodoo for Preview the New Demo Day on Saturday, March 17 for the Northwest’s largest free on-the-snow demo day! Several retailers will be on the mountain so you can try out gear on the slopes for free. Don’t miss out on this chance to take a free test run of the latest skis, snowboards and more! Try out free on-site gear demos from brands like Salomon, Atomic, Volk, K2, Line/Full Tilt, Rossignol, Blizzard/Tecnica, Nordica, Dynastar/Lange, Lib Tech, Burton, Ride, DC, Capita, Jones, Slash, Dakine, DPS, Fischer, Armada, Elan, Faction, Head and…

  • COTA Movie Night: Riding The Tatshenshini

    Posted on in categories Biking , River

    Red Bull and Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe presents Riding The Tatshenshini…
    Thursday March 15th, McMenamins Old St. Francis. More Info Here!

    In the summer of 2016, four generations of mountain bikers headed north for the trip of a lifetime. The trip saw them raft the Tatshenshini River through British Columbia, the Yukon and into Alaska in search of some of the most remote and rugged big mountain biking on the planet.

  • Lessons from Lostine River

    Posted on in category River
    March 14 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm More Info Here

    Prior to 2005, Lostine River in northeast Oregon frequently ran dry in late summer, leaving threatened Chinook salmon without passage to critical spawning grounds. Since then, The Freshwater Trust has worked collaboratively with nearly 100 irrigators to restore critical in-stream flows that support this iconic species and the local agricultural economy. Recently, the organization partnered with a local landowner to increase irrigation efficiency on nearly 900 acres of traditionally flood-irrigated land. Rob Kirschner, General Counsel to The Freshwater Trust, will present on the past, present, and future of these cooperative efforts, and offer insights on how conservation groups and irrigators can work together to restore Oregon’s…

  • Win 2 Mt. Bachelor Spring Passes!

    Posted on in category Uncategorized

    If you haven’t checked out our current giveaway on the “Share and Win” page and you want 2 months of spring skiing at Mt. Bachelor, then you should make sure to “Share” so you are eligible to “Win”.

    Using the #backyardbend is all you have to do in your Instagram or Twitter post. You must Geo-Locate your post too, so it appears in the media gallery and hashtag map on the homepage.  Don’t want to give up the exact location, no problem, a generic location is fine. Your post appears automatically in the gallery and map. See what the local community is “Inspired” by.  No ads, no algorithms, just chronological postings from people enjoying, sharing and protecting our backyard. #backyardbend,…

  • A Fall River Forum

    Posted on in categories Biking , Fishing , Hiking , River

    Join an open discussion on the future of the Fall River Thursday March 8th from 7pm-9pm at the High Desert Museum.

    Many things are in the works at the Fall River ranging from riparian area improvements to addressing manmade fish barriers to passive integrated transponder (PIT) tagging of stocked fish. These and other topics will be part of this roundtable discussion. If you already love the river or are new to the area and want to learn more about it…this is a your chance. More Info HERE!

    Fall River is among the most popular natural attractions in Deschutes County. Long a mecca for fly anglers, it is also becoming increasingly popular for hikers and mountain bikers. This roundtable discussion…

  • Backside Day At Mt. Bachelor Today!

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Alert! Looks like sunshine today will allow Mt. Bachelor to open the Summit lift and most likely open the backside where there should be an abundance of fresh powder waiting. Enjoy!!!

  • Tree Well And Snow Immersion Safety

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Snow fall totals over the last few weeks have created a deep snow pack and snow safety is important whether in resort or out. Fresh lines of deep powder can be so captivating that we want to charge down our favorite places in-resort and can forget that deep snow is something to be mindful of because of the false sense of safety when in-resort.

    If there is one thing to remember it’s to ski with a buddy and stay in sight of each other. In advanced terrain like Mt. Bachelor’s backside and west bowls, backcountry practices like skiing one at a time and waiting for your buddy will keep you all safer and able to respond to an incident.