Now that the kids are back in school, the nights are cooling off, and the tourists are starting to leave the Gorge, it’s time to think skiing and snowboarding. Meadows passes are now on sale for the you-don’t-need-three-friends price of $499. Included in that price is the new Stadium Express lift (use your imagination and giggle when you realize the only possible abbreviation for that lift), eliminating the need for you to use the cattle crossing to Star (snowboarders, cheer loudly). The new lift gets you over to Star, HRM and Heather (it tops out at the same spot as Heather) without waiting in the MHX line. At this point, we’re looking at a weak La Nina or a neutral year, meaning average (450”) or better (max=830”) snowfall. I’ll do the statistical analysis and get back to you. Buy your season pass now!
In exciting news, it rained last night. According to the Hood River Weather website, we got .05”, enough to help the trails, but probably not quite enough to make a significant difference in the dust level. However, going for a mountain bike ride this morning is a good idea, just in case.
As for the wind, well, it ain’t what it was the last few days. We’ll see light wind this morning, picking up to 10-15 near Hood River by midday, and then picking up to gusty 21-23 from Mosier to Maryhill this afternoon as another weather system approaches. Tomorrow brings light wind and a slight chance of sprinkles, but the rain chances pick up overnight into Sunday. We’ll see light wind again on Sunday, with a good chance of rain, especially in the afternoon, and even more especially overnight. That’s when the trails should get good (and the chanterelles).
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Coming up on Saturday, it’s the final day of the Pendleton Roundup, but closer to home, it’s open house day at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, where you can check out baby salmon, spawning salmon, and learn all sorts of cool things about salmon of all sizes and ages. That’s from 9-2. Also on Saturday, there’s a cleanup on the White Salmon River in preparation for the removal of Condit Dam. Meet at the bottom of Cook-Underwood Road at 9am, and if you’re a kayaker, bring your boat. If you’re coming to the cleanup, please carpool, as parking is very limited.
If you like running, there’s the Stevenson Curves 5k race, also on Saturday. Meet at the North Bonneville Gazebo with $2. Yeah, $2. Maybe if you’re racing you can make an extra donation, as all proceeds benefit Stevenson High School female athletes.
On Sunday, it’s Dog Days at Skibowl, a fundraiser for Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind. Also on Sunday, if you’re headed to the Tieton River, it’s the Hometown Throwdown River Rodeo at the Bridge Wave.
If you like rafting, the White Salmon is at 2.1 feet, quite high for August, and the Tieton is the highest it’s been in ten years, at 2450cfs. This is the last weekend of Tieton releases this year, so if you want to go, sign up for a trip now (or if you’re a boater, get your butt in the car and start driving).
Have an awesome day today!
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