** Discover Your Forest’s Public Ski and Snowshoe tours will not be offered as scheduled due to a lapse in federal funding. These programs will resume once Federal Employees and Volunteers can return to service pending the resolution of budget issues. **
Forest Service and volunteer rangers lead educational snowshoeing and ski tours
Discover Your Forest, in collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest and Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, will begin their annual interpretive snow tours in the next few weeks.
Beginning December 22, 2018 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 5th, 2019 visitors can ski or snowboard Mt. Bachelor slopes with a ranger, or chat with a roving ranger around Mt. Bachelor. All interpretive programs focus on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the Cascades.
On weekends beginning Saturday, January 5, 2019 and running through Sunday, March 31, 2019 an interpretive ski and snowboard tour will be offered on Mt. Bachelor’s groomed runs. The tour, which lasts an hour, begins at the top of the Pine Marten lift at 2 PM. Participants are responsible for having lift tickets and appropriate equipment, as well as basic riding skills. In addition, skiers and snowboarders will find interpretive rangers roving between Outback and Sunrise Express lifts ready to answer questions.
Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 22, 2018 and run through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 AM and 1:30 PM on weekends and school break week days with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours last 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided for the tour. No prior experience is needed. Participants must be 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.
While both programs are free, a donation of $5 is suggested to help non-profit Discover Your Forest continue to provide educational programing and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.
Reservations are not required for individual participants. Group tours for schools, youth or other organizations may be scheduled for weekdays.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gentry, DYF’s Volunteer and Education Program Director at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director (541) 383-5530, or check the Snowshoe/Ski with a Ranger Hotline at (541) 383-4055 for up-to-date tour information.