• Circumnavigating Crater Lake: Winter Backcountry Ski Trip Hosted By Oregon Wild

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

    Circumnavigating Crater Lake in the winter is a fun and ambitious way to experience Oregon’s only National Park. Come hear about a recent trip on splitboard and skis from some local Bend peeps. More INFO HERE.

    When: Wednesday March 27th 6pm-730pm

    Where: Broken Top Bottle Shop


  • California is Finally Drought-Free After 7 Years and They’re Being Rewarded With a Butterfly Boom

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    California has finally been declared drought-free after experiencing 7 years of alarmingly arid conditions – and it has resulted in a surge of butterflies and wildflowers. SEE THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!

    According to recent reports from the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center, California has been experiencing some form of drought since December 20th, 2011 – which is 376 consecutive weeks in total.

    California conditions have been improving since 2017 when experts happily reported an abundance of rain and snowfall during the winter season.

    The rain and snow reduced the amount of drought-affected state land from 97% in 2016 to just 57%. Around the same time, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that America’s nationwide drought had finally come to an endafter…

  • Winter Storm Warning For Central Oregon

    Posted on in categories Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Central Oregon for this weekend and into Monday. Kids, if there is a chance of a “Snow Day” it looks like Monday is it.

    This system is big and will affect most of Oregon. For more detailed information get to our Bend/Bachelor weather page for additional forecast, like, and area web cams.   If you don’t like winter and snow remember we need it for our water too.

    Be safe, drive safe and enjoy the abundant snow.

  • Snow Returns

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    After Junuary it looks like we will resume our regularly scheduled programming of Cascade Powder this weekend and into next week. Our Bend/Bachelor weather page has all the links for you to plan your powder adventures. Have a great weekend out there!!!

  • JP Schlick

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

    Introducing JP Schlick, our current “Featured Artist”.

    JP is a videographer and photographer living in Bend. He shoots action sports and his work is featured at Evo Gimbals, Snowplanks, and Blackstrap.  His photos on the home page banner represent Central Oregon nicely and you can find him on Instagram @shreditate 

    Thanks JP!!!

  • Snow Camping With Wanderlust Tours

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Want to try something new and different? How about winter camping? Learn some new skills and have fun spending the night out in the wilderness during winter.

    Join Wanderlust Tours’ professional naturalist guides on an all-inclusive winter weekend adventure! They’ll snowshoe through the gorgeous Central Oregon wilderness, learn all about the trees and animals and stars, and dine on a delicious dinner catered by Wild Oregon Foods, warming by a blazing bonfire beneath the starry night sky! By the end of this trip, you’ll have built and slept in your very own snow camp– how many people can say THAT? 💪❄️😊

    First trip departs January 18th, reservations via phone. Call (541) 389-8359.

    For more…

  • Another Blast Of Winter Heading Our Way

    Posted on in categories Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    Looks like another round of snow is approaching the Cascades this weekend and we may receive several feet. What a great holiday period with good snow pack and some sunny days. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming of the “White Room”.  Link to Bend/Bachelor Weather

    The weather pages are a great resource to plan your outdoor adventures. The page is one of our favorites. It provides not only snow forecast but temps and freezing levels to help understand what’s happening out there.

    It looks like it could be messy getting over the passes this weekend so be safe out there if you are headed back to the other side of the Cascades. We’ll see you out there…

  • Weekly Snow Roundup

    Posted on in categories Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    Here is your “Weekly Snow Roundup”. Central Oregon is looking good with several storms coming at us and a possible White Christmas. Keep your fingers crossed. We need Monday night’s freezing level to get just a little lower for snow in town.  Here’s your links to more weather info for the week ahead. Thanks for following and supporting Backyard Bend.

    Weekly World Snow Roundup 

    North American  Snow Roundup

    Happy Holidays

  • K2 Siren of the Himalayas - Movie At LOGE Camps Entrada

    Posted on in categories Climbing , Film , Travel & Adventure

    Tonight Friday Dec 21, LOGE Camps Entrada will show this documentary. FREE to the public. More INFO HERE. 

    A feature documentary showing the adventure, peril, teamwork and serenity of a mountaineering group’s attempt to summit the world’s most challenging peak.
    Shot in Pakistan in the summer of 2009, the documentary follows world-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a breathtaking glimpse into the world of high altitude mountaineering.

  • Meet Erik Hostetler

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Erik Hostetler is our featured artist this month and he is an accomplished photographer now living in Bend. We are so pleased to feature his work as it captures the sublime beauty of Oregon and rad winter riding here in Central Oregon. His photos of Oregon waterfalls are absolutely stunning.  He is the real deal.  We have some of his winter shots on the homepage banner and you can find him at or on Instagram at @brofoto