▶️ “Hopening Day” turns to Opening Day at Mt. Bachelor

It’s finally here, opening day and one lift was up and running Friday morning at Mt. Bachelor.

Plenty of excited skiers and snowboarders headed up the mountain looking to make the most of this week’s snowfall.

Some excited locals were up and moving in the early hours of the morning to make sure they got in those first alpine turn, but the fun wasn’t limited to the alpine side of the mountain.

The Nordic Center at Mt. Bachelor was up and running and welcoming cross-county skiers and snowshoers back to the mountain with cookies and coco.

 

Turkey Trotters step out despite winter weather

 

Despite record breaking snow runners took on their Thanksgiving morning runs in Redmond and Bend.

Redmond’s annual Turkey Trot was at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds with a 5k and 10k run, prizes for age group and costume winners and of course post-race food.

Hoodoo sponsored the event and all of the proceeds raised benefit “Bright Eyes Bright Future,” a locally run non-profit providing eye care for kids in need.

In Bend, runners lined up in the Old Mill for the ‘I Like Pie Run.’ Participants took part in either a 5k or a short mile walk or run and afterwards, everyone’s favorite part, the eating of pies.

All proceeds of ‘I Like Pie’ benefit Girls on the Run and Neighbor Impact.

Along with the run there was a pie baking contest, with the top three pies winning $50 to Footlocker.

 

XC skiers and snowshoers celebrate Thanksgiving in the woods

 

The Meissner Nordic Ski Club groomed about six miles of ski trails at the Virginia Meissner snow park a few days ahead of the scheduled opening. Dozens made the trip up the cascade lakes highway to kick and glide before tucking in for turkey.

Volunteers run the grooming operations and depend on donations from those using the trials. If you’re looking to get up for some early season skiing and snowshoeing, don’t forget you’ll need a snow park pass to park at Virgina Meissner and any of the other snow parks across the state.

 

Remembering Big Davey

David Taylor Junior, affectionately known as Big Davey to his friends and family, died in a tragic car accident three and half years ago. This weekend, La Pine will once again honor Davey and continue his legacy with the third annual David Taylor Junior memorial baseball and softball tournament.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the story.

Uncertain Future for the Pacific Crest Sports Festival

The Pacific Crest Sports Festival got under way down in Sunriver today and runs through the weekend. The festival is the largest endurance event in Central Oregon with more than 4,000 competitors. However concerns over the size of the race, and its affect on the small community of Sunriver, means there could be changes on the way.

Eric Lindstrom went down to Sunriver today to check out the festivities and catch up with the race director.

Madras Hosts the District Five Little League Tournament

The District Five Little League Tournament was taking place all week in Madras. The big Little League tournament featured all-star baseball and softball teams from all across the region.

Teams competed to advance out to the state tournament and the winner of each division moves on. If you keep winning you could eventually end up at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in August.

Central Oregon was well represented in the tournament with teams from Warm Springs all the way down to La Pine and everywhere in between competing at the weeklong tournament and enjoying the kick off to their summer.

Mt Bachelor Plans New Mountain Park for 2019-20 Season

For the upcoming 2019-20 ski season, Mt. Bachelor will be unveiling their new Woodward Mountain Park which will be geared toward learning. The new area will feature three new lifts, two covered carpet lifts, and one aerial chair lift, as well as a start park where you can practice your “pizza” and “french fries” before hitting up the summit lift. You’ll also be seeing some other upgrades to the resort come the 2019 season, in the form of new parking lots, remodeled rental shops and modernized restroom facilities.

New Bill Would Require Permits for Deschutes River

A new waterway bill that’s passed both the Oregon State Senate and House, will require people using any non-motorized watercraft longer than ten feet to pay a fee to use them on the Deschutes River. That would include kayakers and stand up paddle boarders if they’re craft is over 10 feet in length.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the latest details.