Central Oregon Nordic Club members got to combine the best of winter (fresh snow) and spring (sunshine and a picnic) on Sunday, April 8.
A little more than a half foot of snow fell up at Mt. Bachelor but wind gusts were forecast to be up to 55 miles an hour. So a dozen skiers headed out on the trails at a lower elevation — Swampy Lakes Sno-Park – where there were only a few inches of fresh snow but they could avoid the worst of the wind.
They headed uphill toward Vista Butte before veering right toward Peace Meadow. It was windy at times – enough to make it hard to talk when skiing single file. Yet there were plenty of places with calm at ground level, such as the intersection with the Flagline trail, where group members poked skis into the snow for backrests and proceeded to have lunch picnic-style in the sunshine.
“Considering how windy it was at the start, I had low expectations for the day, but it turned out to be a great ski!” says group leader Susan Sullivan.
Other club members opted for an early-spring hike along the Deschutes River trail.
(Photos by Woody and Jo Keen and Allen Sykora)