Hoodoo still waiting for more snow

By Dylan J. Darling The Bulletin

Despite a snowy weekend, Hoodoo Ski Area west of Sisters still doesn’t have enough snow on the runs to start the lifts for the season.

Monday there were 22 inches at the ski bowl, and with warm weather in the forecast for the week, ski area officials decided to call off a potential Thursday opening, said Leif Williams, Hoodoo spokesman. He said they need at least 30 inches of snow, and also need cold weather to allow snowcats to begin grooming the slopes.

Now Hoodoo officials are back to watching the weather and waiting for more snow, unsure of when they’ll open.

“At this point we have no idea,” Williams said.

The lack of snow south of Bend prompted the organizers of an annual sled-dog race near Chemult to postpone the event. The 20th Annual Chemult Sled Dog Races were set for this weekend.

“We don’t enough snow to pull that off,” said Erin Sutton, the races’ president.

The races typically draw 30 to 45 dog-sled teams. Sutton said they’re now tentatively planned for the weekend of Feb. 15, but organizers will decide at the start of the month whether there is adequate snow to race.

West of Bend, Virginia Meissner Sno-park received enough snow over the weekend to open for cross-country skiing. The website meissnernordic.org reported a foot of new snow and five trails groomed for skiing on Monday.

Meissner typically has enough snow for groomed nordic skiing by early December, but the dearth of snowfall so far this winter has set the sno-park back by more than a month.

While the weekend was wintry in Central Oregon, this week is expected to be springlike. The National Weather Service is calling for a high today of 55 degrees and Wednesday a high of 58 in Bend.

Clear skies should accompany the warm temperatures in Central Oregon into the weekend, said Robert Cramp, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

“We are not going to be getting any snow at least through this week,” he said.

—Reporter: 541-617-7812, ddarling@bendbulletin.com

Reporter Mark Morical contributed to this report