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The 2013 National Snowshoe Champs: Challenging Course Draws Record Crowd

Popcorn snow, sunshine, beautiful mountain views, and an occasional biting wind drew a record crowd to the 2013 USSSA National Snowshoe Championships in Bend, Oregon. Virginia Meissner Sno-Park, in the Cascade Mountains about halfway between Bend and Mt. Bachelor, was … Continue reading


Paddlers Embrace ‘River Time’ on the Willamette

• A summer paddle on Oregon’s Willamette River —good.

• A five-day paddle down Oregon’s largest signature river in the August sunshine—better.

• An annual paddling trip on the Willamette River with delicious catered meals, nightly musical entertainment, happy hour … Continue reading


Views Worth Hiking for in Central Oregon

Fall is the prime season for hiking Central Oregon's trails.  All the snow has finally melted.  The start of school thins out the crowds.  The month of October is fee-free. And, there's a bittersweet quality to the trek knowing the snow will fly soon and shut down hiking for another year.


Snowshoeing Some Hood Favorites

Trillium Lake would easily win any snowshoe popularity contest.  It's Mt. Hood's signature trail.  In fact, it's so popular that on a sunny weekend the parking lot is full by 11 a.m.


Sunshine and Blue Skies Dominate at Pacific Crest Race Weekend

Sunshine, blue skies, a slight breeze and beautiful mountain scenery . . . who could ask for more?  Perfect conditions were the order of the day at the recently completed Pacific Crest Sports Festival, held in Central Oregon June 25 through June 27.


Racing Fun in the High Cascades

The 14th annual Pacific Crest Sports Festival will be held June 25 through June 27 in Sunriver Resort, 15 miles south of Bend, Ore., at the base of the Cascade Range.


Central Oregon Offers a Plethora of Snowshoeing Destinations

From ice climbing to ski racing, Central Oregon is packed with winter activities for the “extreme athlete.” But there are plenty of alternatives for fun in the snow that don't have to break your bones – or the bank!

The motto is . . . if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Plus, it's a high-energy workout, and fun for the whole family. Snowshoeing is considered America's fastest-growing winter sport, and it's definitely one of the most aerobic, burning 40 percent more calories than walking.