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What La Nina Means for Snowfall

What La Nina Means for Snowfall

Colder than normal water temperatures in the Pacific make 2010-2011 a La Nina winter. This is good news for many skiers looking for deep snow.

“Why do we care about La Nina, or El Nino?” In short, it’s really the only reliable clue that meteorologists have to predict temperature and precipitation patterns months and seasons in advance. Meteorologist/skier Joel Gratz weighs in.
 “Hey La Nina, what’s in it for me?”  When geek-speak goes mainstream, you know the nerds must have a hot topic on their hands. You might think that I’m talking about The Facebook Movie (“The Social Network”), where geeks write computer code over shots of Tequila. But not quite.
[ Tue, 2010-08-24 12:33 ]
Hood to Coast
A new film looks inside the minds of the people who take on this weekend’s Hood to Coast relay.

This weekend is the running of the 29th annual Hood to Coast relay. The course runs from Timberline Lodge, 6,000 feet high on the top of Mt. Hood, through Portland, to the beach in Seaside, Oregon.

Timberline Lodge Proposes Mountain Bike Lift Service for 2011

Timberline Lodge Proposes Mountain Bike Lift Service for 2011
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A new system of downhill mountain bike trails would provide year-round recreation. But what are the environmental impacts?

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has proposed a plan to construct 15 miles of lift-serviced mountain biking trails and an acre-sized skills park. Until now, bikers eager for some downhill action have been creating their own trails. These illegally constructed routes are said to be damaging Oregon’s public lands. The new network of trails will be designed to meet the growing demand for year round recreation on the hill. Although nearby Portland has more people with bikes per capita than any other state, there are few lift-accessed mountain biking areas.

Sun Mountain Fun Center

Sun Mountain Fun Center
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Center of fun.

The Sun Mountain Fun Center has almost too much fun for one center. There’s bowling, an arcade, pool, go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, and bumper cars. You can recharge at Sunny’s Café. The Family Funtastic Pack, offered Monday through Friday, is $60 for a pitcher of soda, a large two-topping pizza, and four junior passports (which are good for one game of bowling, one game of mini golf, one bumper car ride, one batting cage token, and a $2 arcade card). Other specials continue throughout the summer.

InClimb

InClimb
InClimb
Rock climbing gym.

InClimb is Central Oregon’s only full-service rock gym, started in 1996. The first rock gym was in a 95-year old mill building. That area of town has since been remodeled and InClimb has moved on to a new location on the southeast side of Bend, with well over 10,000 square feet of every type of climbing. There is no age minimum and they do free clinics for all skill levels. Every Saturday there is Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-9:30 p.m. You must have six people confirmed by Friday and the $25 price tag does not include equipment rentals or belay certification.

Bouncing off the Walls

Bouncing off the Walls
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Inflatable fun center.

Jump around! Bouncing off the Walls is an inflatable fun center in Bend started by Rob and Alissa Guthrie.  After they moved to Bend from Portland their two small boys started missing the inflatable fun center the family used to frequent in Portland. So Rob and Alissa made their own. Bouncing off the Walls holds a Family Fun Night every other Saturday—$20 buys a family of four unlimited playtime, a one-topping pizza, and a two-liter soda.  There are also party specials, party packages, a summer camp, and a bi-weekly Kids’ Night Out.

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