The Great Outdoors: The Oregon Trail of Dreams Sled Dogs

In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a special ride through the woods with some help from four-legged friends.

Thank you Rachael and Nick at Oregon Trail of Dreams. The organization also has an adoption program for their dogs. When a dog reaches eight years of age, they become eligible for adoption and you can contact the Oregon Trail of Dreams for further information.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night.

Ski Mum: Ski Uphill at Mt. Bachelor

Ski Mum heads to Mt. Bachelor to ski uphill. Mt. Bachelor has added an uphill trail for skiers to test out their backcountry gear in the safety of the resort in order to get your fitness and comfort level up before heading out of bounds. The trail can get you all the way up to the Summit Lift when the lift is running and then, of course, you get to ski back down. It also lets you access the mountain for free! Snowboarders can also take advantage of the uphill trail, but you’ll need to pack your snowshoes.

Olympic Bound: Kent Callister

Kent Callister, a local snowboarder who grew up riding Mt Bachelor will be representing his home country of Australia for the second time in this year’s winter Olympics. Before he heads to South Korea, Kent got a send off from the community that raised him.

Dakine Grindz in Bend partnered with the Mt Bachelor Sport Education Foundation to host an Olympic send off for Callister on Saturday.

Callister started snowboarding with the Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and moved up with that program, began competing and is now heading to the second winter Olympics.

Callister said he is grateful for the support he gets from the Bend community and loves coming back to Mt Bachelor. The 22 – year -old will be in bend for most of January but will then head off to compete in the winter Olympics, which start in February. Callister is hoping to better his 9th place finish in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Cloud Chaser Opens for Second Season

Mt Bachelor‘s Cloud Chaser lift opened Thursday for its second season and local skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the new terrain the lift allows them to access.

The lift opened for the first time last year but, according to Drew Jackson, director of sales and marketing for Mt Bachelor Ski Resort, there have been some changes made based off of feedback from last season, including widening some of the runs to accommodate more skiers and snowboarders.

Jackson said they’re hoping for more snow to lay down a better base layer and allow them to open terrain off of the Summit lift but Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland didn’t hear too many complaints from people who hit the slopes on Thursday.

USCSA Nationals Kick Off at Mount Bachelor

Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders came from all over the country to Bend last week to compete in the USCSA Nationals at Mt Bachelor, and four skiers from OSU-Cascades were one of the teams to beat!

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson caught up with them at the beginning of the races Wednesday as they battled each other and bad weather.