BEND– The Deschutes National Forest is advising sledders and tubers that a lack of snow has left the Wanoga Snow-Play hill icy, slushy, and bare in places and, until conditions improve, the Forest recommends the public find other winter adventures on the Forest.
Several permitted guides offer a wide variety of winter tours on the Forest near Bend (contact tour companies for tour information and pricing):
· Wanderlust Tours offers guided snowshoe tours including moonlight tours and other fun options:www.wanderlusttours.com
· Central Oregon Adventures offers guided snowmobile tours and snowmobile rentals: www.coadventures.com
· Oregon Trail of Dreams offers winter sled dog rides at Mt. Bachelor. Advanced reservations are required. Call1-800-829-2442
· CogWild offers winter fat bike tours: www.cogwild.com
· Paulina Lake Lodge offers snowmobile tours: paulinalakelodge.com/snowmobiling
In addition, Snowblast Tubing at Mt. Bachelor www.mtbachelor.com will be operating this weekend.
The Forest Service and Discover Your Forest’s free snowshoe tours at Mt. Bachelor also will be operating this weekend. Two tours are offered daily at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tours start at the Forest Service snowshoe hut in Mt. Bachelor’s West Village. Snowshoes are provided and no prior experience is necessary. Participants must be 10 years old or older, wear warm boots and clothing. Tours last about 90 minutes. No reservations are required for individuals, but groups with 6 or more people do require a reservation. Call the Snowshoe with a Ranger Hotline (541) 383-4055 for tour information. Contact Karen Gentry at (541) 383-4771 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a group tour.