• Welcome late-season snow has flip side, delays opening some Deschutes NF campgrounds

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedEnvironment , Local , Snow , Winter

    Late-season snow fall will affect the openings of some campgrounds. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Recent late-season storms have brought much-needed snow to the Deschutes National Forest’s upper elevations. However, Forest Service officials said Tuesday the heavy snowfall has also affected the ability to conduct annual preseason safety inspections, maintenance and repairs and hazard tree removal in some campgrounds.

    Traditionally, a number of campgrounds in the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir areas open in time to coincide with the start of the annual fishing season.

    “While fishing season opens Friday, April 22, snow impacts have prevented our campground concessionaire from completing critical hazard tree removal work and maintenance at these facilities,” the statement said.

    Campgrounds in those…

  • Did Oregon’s rare April snow break weather records? Yep, here’s a few

    Posted on in categories Local , Positive NewstaggedOregon , Records , Snow , Weather , Winter
    Oregon’s April snow broke weather records. Find out more here. By

    The chance of measurable snow on the floor of the Willamette Valley goes down considerably by April. Snow in the hills? Sure. But it is “very rare” for snow to fall down to the valley floor, as it did April 11, 2022, the National Weather Service said.

    In much of the Portland/Vancouver metro area, this is the latest measurable snow in the spring. Here is the record report from the Portland weather service office for Monday’s snow:

    For PORTLAND AIRPORT (1941-2022), this snow was…

    ** Most ever in the month of April,…

  • Damaged Skyliner lift at Mt. Bachelor out of commission indefinitely

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedLocal , Mountain , mt bachelor , Sports , Winter

    Skyliner lift at Mt. Bachelor is closed indefinitely. Read the full story here..

    The Skyliner Express chairlift at Mt. Bachelor will be out of commission for “an indefinite period” after crews on Wednesday discovered damage to major components that likely will have to be remanufactured.

    President and GM John McLeod provided the update on the ski area’s website, saying when the popular lift went down just before Christmas, they knew it would be a complex fix but believed the damage was limited to standard, available components.

    “Had this been the case, we had all the parts necessary to have Skyliner back in action for the upcoming weekend,” he said.

    Instead, the quad sustained damage to “major components,” McLeod said that…

  • Snow, whiteout conditions close I-84 through Columbia River Gorge

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedCommuting , Winter
    Winter driving conditions have forced the closure of I-84. Find out more here. By

    Blowing snow and whiteout conditions on Monday forced the closure of Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge from Troutdale to Hood River.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation closed the roadway in both directions before 5 a.m. as multiple crashes occurred between mileposts 17 and 64.

    The closure could be lengthy. The National Weather Service has the gorge — including Parkdale, Carson, the Hood River Valley and Odell — under a winter storm warning through 4 p.m. Heavy snow is expected, especially above 1,500 feet elevation.

  • Cascade Lakes Highway, Paulina Lake Road winter closures set for Nov. 16

    Posted on in categories Local , Skiing & SnowboardingtaggedCascade Lakes Highway , DCRD , Local , Winter

    Original article by Central Oregon Daily News 

    The Deschutes County Road Department plans to close the Cascade Lakes Highway and Paulina Lake Road at 8 a.m. on Nov. 16.

    Cascade Lakes Highway will be closed west of Mt. Bachelor between the snow gates at Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge at the intersection with Forest Service Road 4270.

    Paulina Lake Road will be closed at the ten-mile snow park gate, which will restrict access to Paulina and East Lake.

    Both facilities will remain closed through the winter and will be targeted for reopening prior to Memorial Day, weather permitting.

    For additional information, please contact the Deschutes County Road Department at (541) 388-6581.

  • Ice Season Opens at The Pavilion on October 18

    Posted on in category Localtaggedbend , Bend Parks & Rec , Local , Winter

    We love ice season here at BackyardBend! The Pavilion is up and running starting today.. Keep reading to find out more!

    The ice sheet is being built and Bend Park and Recreation District will kick off The Pavilion’s ice season on Monday, October 18.

    The 2021-22 ice season is expected to run through early April, weather permitting. The Pavilion will be open from dawn to late night, seven days a week, including public open skate opportunities and the return of adult and youth hockey leagues.

    Weekly schedules are available here. All public skate sessions are drop-in with no reservation needed.

    This season’s offerings at The Pavilion are similar to years prior to the pandemic with advanced lesson programs…