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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.
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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
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.


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
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.

Frisbee Golf

Frisbee Golf

No longer is frolf solely a sport of the dirty hippy. Yes, many a dirty hippy can still be spotted tossing discs around the mountains, but so can doctors, lawyers, pet food testers, and other sorts of respectable citizens. Frisbee golf on Mt. Bachelor begins each summer in early June. Ride the Pine Marten chair up to hole #1 and work your way down the mountain to hole #18. The elevation, wind, and terrain changes make this a particularly challenging course. And since parts of it get snowy, be sure to wear proper footwear. Hippy.

Mt. Bachelor Family Activities

Mt. Bachelor Family Activities
Winter family activities on the mountain.

Mt. Bachelor offers a host of fun family activities in the winter besides just skiing and snowboarding. The Snowblast Tubing Park, between the Ski and Sport building and the bottom of the Red Lift, has an 800-foot long ride full of rollers. Surface lifts pull you up the slope quickly and comfortably. All-day tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for children; two-hour tickets are $13 for adults and $13 for children. Other activities on Mt.

Oasis Spa

Great value.

Yes, the Oasis Spa is in a strip mall. Get past that fact and you’ll find a very enjoyable spa experience, with friendly staff and good prices. Plus, the location means plenty of parking. Try the Ultimate Oasis Getaway to experience complete rejuvenation. This includes a one-hour Swedish massage and European facial, thirty-minute manicure, thirty-minute pedicure, shampoo, style, finish, make-up application, and light lunch—5 hours of bliss for only $260.

Anjou Spa

Green spa.

The Anjou Spa is a green spa, meaning they believe that celebrating sustainable, natural, and organic living is an essential element of the perfect spa experience. The spa and salon have a very diverse selection of all-natural and organic products. Green touches are everywhere in the spa and its eight very comfortable treatment rooms. Anjou serves organic lunches and the robes are even made of bamboo fiber. Amenities include a wet treatment room with a Vichy Shower, a steam room, full men and women’s locker rooms, and a spray tanning room.

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