Santiam Pass

Hoodoo bikeSANTIAM PASS: The Back-country Festival will return to the to Hoodoo Ski Area this Friday and Saturday with seminars, industry pros, brand demos and entertainment. Organizers say there will be interactive displays set up on the snow as well as opportunities to test the best of fat tire bikes, skies, boots, bindings and light weight goods suited for every form of human powered touring into the backcountry.
Other features of the two-day festival will include music, races, demos, clinics, snow camping and a Three Creeks Brewing Co. beer garden. Trophies and prizes will be awarded for top two male and female in each race. Kids can earn their Junior Ranger Snow Badge by participating in the four levels of winter science and wildlife.
Friday’s festivities will start at 1 p.m. with a snow camp set up next to the Hoodoo lodge. Followed at a 4 p.m. with a live DJ in the snow cave and a backcountry film festival with juried movies from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Santiam wreckOn December 25, at about 10 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving two vehicles on Highway 20 near milepost 77 (just east of the Santiam Junction).
Preliminary information indicates a 2003 Chevy Tahoe was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it lost control on the icy roadway. The Chevy crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2005 Dodge Pickup nearly head-on.
One of the passing motorists, a doctor, stopped and provided medical attention to the injured passengers before medical personnel arrived. In all, six people were transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Hospital in Bend for various ranges of injuries.

SkiingSANTIAM PASS: The Hoodoo Ski Area is making preparations to open for the season on December 18th, just in time to kickoff winter break. On Monday Hoodoo had from 35 to 40 inches at the base and was expecting more snow fall this week.
According to the resort’s vice president of marketing, Leif Williams, “Snow cats are working to compact the snow to create the best conditions possible.”
Since opening in 1938, Hoodoo has evolved into a full-service ski area with more than 800 skiable acres, 30 alpine trails, 15.8 km of Nordic trails, three quad lifts, one triple chair and one double chair. The resort also offers also offers air board, snowbike and snow scooter rentals.

Wind chill chartIssued by The National Weather Service Portland, OR
Tue, Dec 30, 2:28 am PST
... WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY ABOVE 3000 FEET IN THE OREGON CASCADES...
A WIND CHILL WARNING ABOVE 3000 FEET FOR COLD EAST WINDS REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY.

OSP logoOregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Bend Police Department, are investigating the death of an adult male following a standoff during a stop along Highway 20. The man was stopped following a report from an outside agency that he was suicidal and armed.

2/17/2014: NOAA Winter Weather Advisory Alert:

2/17 Santiam PassTarget Area: Cascades in Lane County    
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS

OSP press release3 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014: OR 20 is closed in both directions just east of Santiam Pass near Suttle Lake Loop following a two-vehicle crash involving major injuries.  Law enforcement has closed the highway to conduct a crash investigation and reconstruction.  This will likely be a long closure.  There are no easy detours so motorists should avoid the area, use an al

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