FRIDAYS 1/12, 2/9, 3/9
MT. BACHELOR APRES SKI BASH
PARTY—The Apres Ski Bash music series has been underway for weeks now, but there are still a few free shows left this winter! Next up on Jan. 12, Portland's Swatkins and the Positive Agenda are bringing the talkbox effect back, baby, for a night of funk, groove and soul. Object Heavy plays 2/9 and Diego's Umbrella plays 3/9. // 7pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. No cover.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 1/12-1/13
OUTSIDE—If you can't decide what winter activity you want to do this weekend, check out Hoodoo's Backcountry Festival, celebrating our beautiful wilderness areas! Bring your tent and warm sleeping bag for two nights of camping. Learn how to be safe while you play out yonder with seminars by Central Oregon Avalanche Association and beacon training from Corvallis Mountain Rescue. Chat with industry professionals, chill in the beer garden while enjoying live music from High Step Society and participate in a variety of races scheduled throughout the day. // Friday, 1pm – Saturday, 9pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, Hwy 20, Box 20, Sisters. Free, $10/overnight camping.
POLAR BEAR RUN & EXPO
MARATHON—Brave the cold for this family friendly run or walk, which also boasts Redmond's only half marathon! The course winds though the scenic Dry Canyon. All ages and levels welcome—even strollers! Registration for the half marathon has passed, but you can register for the 5K/10K on race day at 8:30am. // Registration varies. 8:30am-1pm. St. Thomas Academy, 1720 NW 19th St., Redmond.
CROW'S FEET SKI-MO RALLY
SKI MOUNTAINEERING—What is "ski mountaineering," you ask? Competitors climb mountains either on skis or carry them and then descend on skis, in a format similar to a bike race. The Deschutes races combine groomed slope ascent with a banked slalom descent, similar to the Dirksen Derby course. // 10am-2pm. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. $20/race. $50/3-race series.
USASA 2017-18 SERIES
SNOWBOARD & FREESKI—The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association is hosting a ton of rail jam, slopestyle and halfpipe events over the next few months. The first rail jam event of the season is Jan. 13 and will feature rails, boxes and jibs for every level of rider. The events are open to all ages, but anyone over the age of 7 wishing to participate must purchase a USASA membership. // 8am. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. $25/online, $35/day of event. 9 and under & adaptive are free (with USASA membership).
- 1/13 Rail Jam #1
- 1/27 Slopestyle #1
- 1/28 Slopestyle #2
- 2/10 Rail Jams #2 & #3
- 2/11 Slopestyle #3
- 2/24 Halfpipe #1 & #2
- 2/25 Slopestyle #4
- 3/3 Halfpipe #3 & #4
CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR FUTURE POW DAYS
GREEN DRINKS—Enjoy a beer and learn about how passionate outdoor lovers can help Oregon invest in clean energy. This happy hour panel discussion features voices from environmental nonprofit Protect Our Winters, Renew Oregon, The Environmental Center, local businesses and athletes. // 6-9pm. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Pub & Brewing Facility, 62950 NE 18th St., Bend. Free.
MIKE PUDDY MEMORIAL SKI RACE
RIDE THE MOUNTAIN—The 15th Annual Mike Puddy Memorial Ski Race is a fun and informal competition down a dual course. Challenge your siblings, parents, or friends—first one to the bottom wins! Register online or at Jr. Race Center, 9:30-10:30am day of race. All proceeds support the MBSEF Mike Puddy Memorial Youth Scholarship. // Cliffhanger Run, Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend.
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS JAN-MARCH
JR. SNOW RANGER AT HOODOO & MT. BACHELOR
FOR THE KIDS—The perfect winter excursion for the kiddos! Activities include snowshoeing, winter safety, exploring snowflakes, wildlife tracking, winter ecology and all around fun. The best part? It's free. Check websites for dates. // Saturdays, 1/13, 2/10, 2/17 and 3/29. 1-3pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, Hwy 20, Box 20, Sisters. Sundays, 1/2, 2/18 and 3/11. 1-3pm. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Free.
JANUARY – MARCH JAN 23, FEB 12, MAR 14
SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL WINTER CONCERT SERIES
FOLK & AMERICANA—The Sisters Folk Festival is hosting three concerts this winter: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band on Jan. 23, We Banjo 3 on Feb. 12 and Darlingside on March 14. Ritter is up there on the top 100 list of living songwriters, We Banjo 3 hails from Ireland and combines old-world tradition with authentic Americana, and Boston's Darlingside is a festival favorite. // 7pm. Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters. $10-$60.
HOODOO WINTER CARNIVAL
FUN FEST—Join Hoodoo for a celebration of winter in the Northwest! Activities include an ax throwing booth, Frisbee golf, musical chairs, a three-legged obstacle race, team tube race, hula-hoop contest, pie eating contest, ski javelin throw, archery contest and more. // 9am-9pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, Hwy 20, Box 20, Sisters. Free.
2018 TOUR FOR THE HEART
SNOWSHOE & SKI—Enjoy a fun day of snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in this relaxed 5K that touts it's "for the fun and health of it." If you're feeling up for a challenge, participate in the Ski Your Age challenge, where you ski your age in kilometers. Costumes encouraged! Proceeds benefit women's heart disease prevention. // 11am. Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Registration varies.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY 2/16-2/18
2018 OREGON WINTERFEST
WINTER WONDERLAND—Grab your friends and family for Bend's largest festival, celebrating all things winter! Tickets include admission for the whole weekend. Don't miss out on some of our other great events going on with Oregon WinterFest—participating in the Wine Walk, Royal Run or Hot Cocoa Run will include entry to the festival and access to all the booths within! // Old Mill District, Powerhouse Dr., Bend. $10/person.
BIG AIR—Yes, we know this is technically in the spring—but it's too big to miss! The 6th annual Vertfest returns to Mt. Bachelor for a weekend of backcountry culture celebration with races, clinics, demos and (of course) beer. The aim of this event is to spread snow safety education and stoke for everything backcountry. All proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Avalanche Association. // Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Registration $15-$30.