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Old 02-17-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Hello! My SIL lives in Portland and we're coming from Austin on March 20 to visit for 10 days. We'll be staying at Eagle Crest in Redmond for a week, and this was the closest forum I could find. My 4 year old daughter MUST build a snowman and has been talking about snow for months, but from some reading I've already done on this site, it seems this is a pretty bad year for snow. Uh oh!

My kids are too young for skiing and tubing at Mt Bachelor, according to their website. We're not really looking to do any organized snow activities. What we really just want to do is just PLAY in the snow. Does anyone know of a place where we could do this? Looking for any ideas on places that might be a fit for us.

Thanks, y'all!
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:03 AM
 
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Its too early to give you an accurate answer because the conditions change rapidly. Ask again about a week before you get here. Unfortunately building a snowman may not be possible if the current trend continues.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Redmond, OR
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Spring-like conditions here in Redmond (60s) with no moisture in the forecast. We could use a wet spring snow, so maybe you'll get lucky in March. I took this shot a few days ago - Eagle Crest is out by the Cline Buttes at left. We wanted to take our visiting family for a sleigh ride at Christmas - they put wheels on the sleigh.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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Not much snow below 6000 ft I don't think.

I'd check conditions at one of the sno-parks or ski resorts.

TripCheck - Road Cams, Road & Weather Conditions in Oregon - ODOT

http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/6642.pdf

That 2nd link has numbers to call. You can ask them about snow conditions at those sledding parks. The Mt. Hood area sno-parks are probably your best bet if weather stays like it has been.

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Old 02-18-2015, 04:12 PM
 
Location: The greatest state of them all, Oregon.
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Hello! My SIL lives in Portland and we're coming from Austin on March 20 to visit for 10 days. We'll be staying at Eagle Crest in Redmond for a week, and this was the closest forum I could find. My 4 year old daughter MUST build a snowman and has been talking about snow for months, but from some reading I've already done on this site, it seems this is a pretty bad year for snow. Uh oh!

My kids are too young for skiing and tubing at Mt Bachelor, according to their website. We're not really looking to do any organized snow activities. What we really just want to do is just PLAY in the snow. Does anyone know of a place where we could do this? Looking for any ideas on places that might be a fit for us.

Thanks, y'all!
We usually visit the White River Sno-Park off OR-35 (eastern side of Mt. Hood, about ten minutes from the OR-35/US-26 interchange) at least once a year to throw some snowballs, enjoy some sledding, etc.

However, we have not gone this year, because of the horrible snow situation, so I cannot confirm if it has snow or not. However, it sits at about 4000-4500', roughly the same level as Government Camp, and Government Camp does not have any snow right now.

You might want to also try Mt. Bachelor or the Hoodoo area. Although my wife just told me the other day that Hoodoo never did open this year for skiing/boarding.

Even McKenzie Pass (usually buried in 10' of snow right now) is almost ready to open for the year - mostly bare pavement/rock up there according to KVAL.

Terrible year for snow.....
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5299503.pdf

Last report from Feb 11th says there's a little snow up at Wanoga sno-park but I bet it's getting slushy by now.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Seal Rock
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Although my wife just told me the other day that Hoodoo never did open this year for skiing/boarding.
Here are the webcams at Hoodoo. No snow, even at the top.
Webcams - Hoodoo Ski Area
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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I know you said you're not interested in organized snow sports, but you might consider putting your daughter in a ski lesson at Mt. Bachelor. They have programs starting at 3.5 years of age. Mt. Bachelor is really the only place with snow available right now. You could also look at just taking them to the base/lodge of the mountain, grabbing a bite to eat, and letting them play. Of course, you'll want to keep an eye on them and keep them out of skiers/riders way.

Hopefully March will prove to be a better month snow wise. Otherwise, I'm not sure there will be any snow left to play in a month from now.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:13 PM
 
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There is snow that is fairly easy to get to at this point. The Dutchman Flats area or the lower portions of Tumalo Mtn by way of example. The big question is what it will look like in a few weeks.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:09 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If you've got chains, you can try the road from Sisters to Three Creeks. It will be gated off about half way up, and there is a snowmobile park there. Good parking, plowed, outhouse, and there should be snow, although no guarantees this year.

Also, you can drive up to Mount Bachelor and pull into one of the snowmobile parks and there should be some snow. Usually the road is gated off just past Mt Bachelor. I don't know if they have it closed this year or not.

If you are going to drive through Sisters, there is an elk farm on the west end, south of the highway, where you can see lots of elk. If you child likes animals, that is worth a few minutes. You can park on the side of the road and see the elk.

Also, in Redmond, there is a reindeer farm where your child can see reindeer up close. Those reindeer literally pull Santa's sleigh every winter in parades and for special Santa displays for some of the big department stores. They are the real deal.

I was just over the pass and snow was really high up. No telling what the weather will be in March. We often have late snow storms.
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