Interpretive programs offered at Bachelor
Discover Your Forest, in collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest and Mount Bachelor Ski Area, is beginning its annual winter interpretive programs. The programs allow visitors to the ski area to snowshoe, ski or snowboard with a ranger. All interpretive programs focus on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the Cascades.
Snowshoe programs run through March 29. Those interested can meet at the Forest Service showshoeing hut in the parking lot of Mount Bachelor's West Village. Start times are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours are available on weekends and school break weekdays except New Year's Day. They last 90 minutes, and snowshoes are provided for the tour. No experience is needed, but participants must be at least 8 years old and dressed for cold weather.
On weekends from Jan. 2 to March 29, an interpretive ski and snowboard tour will be offered on Mount Bachelor's groomed runs. The tour, which lasts an hour, begins at noon. Participants must provide their own lift tickets and equipment and should have basic riding skills. They must be 18 and wearing a helmet. Meet the ranger at the top of Pine Marten.
Both programs are free, and donations are suggested to help the nonprofit Discover Your Forest continue to provide educational programming and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.
WHEN: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekends and school break days except New Year's Day, through March 29
WHERE: U.S. Forest Service snowshoeing hut at Mount Bachelor's West Village
AGES: 8 and older
Interpretive Ski and Snowboard Tour
WHEN: Noon, weekends Jan. 2 through March 29
WHERE: Meet the ranger at the top of Pine Marten.
AGES: 18 and older
COST: Free; donations suggested
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