• Powderhound Preview & Fundraiser Nov 18 -22

    Posted on in categories Biking , Event , Film , Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON! And so the Powder Hound Preview to winter will continue this year as an online event. This is the gathering that has  brought together the winter sports community to watch local films, share stoke, and donate to great non-profits all at a fun filled night at our local Tower Theater each November. That can’t happen this year so get your covid pod together this evening and sit back and watch this year’s Powder Hound Preview & Fundraiser from the comfort of your home.

    Starts Wednesday Nov 18th and new episodes each night through the 22nd, Hosted by Pine Mountain Sports.  This is an online event. Pine Mountain Sport’s Dan McGarigle…

  • Weather Alert - Heavy Snow In The Mountains

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    This week’s wintery weather will continue and the current forecast calls for several feet of snow by Saturday. This is just what the doctor ordered for the backyard community. Lots of new things to navigate this winter but we are happy the snow is arriving to allow the opportunity to get outside and play. We look forward to seeing the photos of the early season hiking and riding in the gallery soon. Remember to use the hashtag #backyardbend in your Instagram and Twitter post to share with the community.

    It’s also time to set a bookmark for the BYB weather page with all the webcams and resource links for local weather in one place. NOAA, Snow-forecast.com, Windytv, satellite, radar, COAC,…

  • Vail Resorts Announces Winter Operating Plan

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Vail Resorts released its 2020/21 winter operating plan and it looks like things are going to be different for the ski season. We continue to wait for Mt. Bachelor’s operating plan to see how different things will be on our home mountain.

    From Powder Magazine By Sierra Shafer Aug 27, 2020

    Key changes focus on season pass use, ticket sales, lift ops, and dining services.

    Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz today announced the company’s 2020/21 winter operating plan in a letter to guests, which outlines their approach to operating its 34 North American resorts this season.

    “We are fortunate that our core experience of skiing and riding takes place outdoors, across huge mountains, offering fresh air and wide-open spaces…

  • SkiMum Sees You Skiing And A Little KETO

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Who has been able to get up to Mt. Bachelor this week for their limited reopening? We have not made it yet but are hopeful for the coming days to get some last turns of this season in. You have to get those reservations fast each day and then it’s no guarantee, but it has been nice that Mt. Bachelor made the effort to make this happen for passholders.

    Local ski enthusiast SkiMum sent us this video of her experience getting on the mountain. Do you have a long form video of an outdoor adventure in Central Oregon you want to share with the community? Email us at info@backyardbend.com and we’ll share it.

    SkiMum ventures up to Mt Bachelor…

  • Mt. Bachelor Announces Limited Reopening May 16 - 24

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Mt. Bachelor announced today that with the approval of Deschutes County Phase I reopening they will implement plans for limited skiing and riding starting Saturday May 16th through Sunday May 24th. There are a lot of limiting factors here folks so go to the Mt. Bachelor website HERE to learn how to get on the snow during this time. Only 500 skiers per day will be allowed. Skiing and Riding will be available from Sunrise base area with the Sunrise and Summit chairs operating.  Below is an excerpt from the Mt. Bachelor website.

    What to expect when skiing and riding Mt. Bachelor during 5/16 – 5/24 limited operations? Mt. Bachelor is thrilled to open for the existing passholder community…

  • In Response To COVID-19 Impact on 2019/20 Season, Mt. Bachelor Issues Vouchers to 2019/20 Season and Multi-Day Passholders

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Mt. Bachelor released a statement on the how they will handle the impact to this season’s purchases. The full statement is below. It is great to see the offer to apply vouchers to next season’s products.

    From Mt. Bachelor

    Bend, OR., April 15, 2020 – In response to the impact COVID-19 has had on the 2019/20 season, Mt. Bachelor announced today that, as part of a multi-faceted effort, 2019/20 season and multi-day passholders will be issued a voucher that can be applied to any 2020/21 season or multi-day pass product. The vouchers are valid now through the 2020/21 season, and the value is based on the type of product that was purchased for the 2019/20…
  • Goggles For Docs - Donate Today April 9th

    Posted on in categories Skiing & Snowboarding , Uncategorized

    Thanks to our friends at Mt. Bachelor for organizing “Goggles For Docs”.  Send It. Dig through those ski bags and send those second or third pair of backup goggles to the front line healthcare workers who will put them to good use. Mt. Bachelor is collecting donations and contributing a big stash of their own. See their statement below for where and when. This is something easy the snow shredding community can do. Let’s do this!

    From Mt. Bachelor

    Our deepest gratitude goes to the First Line Health Care Workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. With a shortage of PPE, we’re asking you dig into your closets, garages, and gear bins, and consider donating your old goggles along with Mt. Bachelor…

  • SkiMum 'Ski Lifestyle Hoodoo Ski Area'

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Well, it’s snowing in the mountains this week – a lot – and we know many of us are missing the skiing and riding we would normally be doing still.

    There’s so much heavy news lately to keep us all informed, which is good.  However, we also need positive content of the things we enjoy to keep our spirits up. This video from SkiMum is a teaser of a longer format show about ‘Ski Lifestyle Hoodoo Ski Area’. This is a fun and entertaining 45 minute diversion and reminder of everything we like about skiing and riding. Watch the full episode at www.skimum.com.

  • Mt. Bachelor Extends Suspension of Mountain Operations

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Mt. Bachelor released the following statement regarding its operations yesterday. Let’s stay positive and all do our part to stay healthy and think of the whole community. This includes thinking about limiting your exposure to injury during this time and not potentially adding any burden to the health care system. Recreate with this in mind.

    Operations to Resume Dependent on the Situation with COVID-19

    BEND, Ore., March 20, 2020 – As a result of the unfolding events surrounding the dynamic and unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis, Mt. Bachelor has decided to further suspend all resort operations with the plan to  resume operations, conditions permitting, as soon as the regulatory guidance allows and COVID-19 threat subsides. This decision to further suspend operations…

  • Mt. Bachelor Announces Food Giveaway to Employees

    Posted on in categories Event , Skiing & Snowboarding

    Mt. Bachelor will be giving away surplus food to their employees today March 19 from 1-4pm due to their current suspension of operations. This is an awesome act of generosity and we salute the Mt. Bachelor team for helping their staff and our community.