Cooler temps on the way


The current springlike weather pattern looks like it will be short-lived — cooler temperatures are expected into the weekend, along with additional precipitation. Snow accumulation may not be significant, but any additional snowfall will improve winter trail conditions.

High-elevation trails have been holding their snow depth fairly well.

Low-elevation trails may continue to be muddy in the afternoons, but watch for icy conditions in the mornings as the temperatures drop. The U.S. Forest Service asks trail users avoid muddy trails to keep from damaging the trail tread.

Wanoga Sno-play Area was groomed last week and the conditions should be improving for sledders. It is strongly recommended that sledders wear helmets and watch their speed. If the conditions are fast, don’t start at the top — and be sure to watch out for folks in the run-out zone.

Be wary of avalanches

With continuing unsettled weather conditions, it is important to do stability assessments if you head into avalanche terrain. Go prepared with the knowledge and supplies necessary to keep yourself safe.

Events at sno-parks

The Great Nordeen Ski Race will take place Saturday. The race goes from Mt. Bachelor to Wanoga Sno-park and will affect snowmobile trails 2, 3, 4, 25 and 40 at Wanoga. Snowmobilers should expect detours on those trails, particularly between Wanoga and Edison Butte sno-parks. The race should be finished by early afternoon, but expect congestion in the parking lot and at Wanoga.

The Luminaria will take place Saturday evening at Virginia Meissner Sno-park. The event is open to the public and involves skiing or snowshoeing by candlelight. For more information, visit www.meissnernordic.org.

Tour of the Heart, a ski tour fundraiser for women’s heart health, takes place Sunday from Mt. Bachelor to the groomed ski trails at Dutchman Flat Sno-park. Most trails will not be affected, but there may be more skiiers crossing snowmobile trails. For more information, visit www.mtbachelor.com.

Sno-park snow depths:

Generally unchanged from last week, although lower parks might have lost an inch or two.

Virginia Meissner: About 20-28 inches

Swampy Lakes: About 36-44 inches

Wanoga Sno-Play Area and Sno-park: 28-34 inches

Dutch-man Flat: 82-86 inches

Crescent: About 20-26 inches

Edison Butte: 20-28 inches — watch for rocks and low-snow hazards

Upper Three Creek: 18-24 inches, watch for low-snow hazards

Ten Mile Sno-park: About 12-18 inches