Plowing 242MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Depending on the weather, Oregon Dept. of Transportation crews plan to finish clearing snow off Hwy. 242 this week and then clean up debris like downed trees. The first snow gate at milepost 61.8 will open by the end of the day on April 21st to allow fishing at Linton Lake for the high lakes season. Officials estimate the second gate at milepost 66 will remain closed until June 20th.  Clearing is beginning on the west side as well.
In the interim, some people will be able to use the route. “ODOT reminds bicyclists and hikers who access the Pass during the seasonal closure do so at their own risk and are cautioned to be aware of the inclement conditions,” according to ODOT public information officer Angela Beers Seydel.  “Safety precautions for early users include plowing operations that may occur at any time of the week, road conditions can be icy, running water, rocks, tree debris and other hazards on the roadway, ride under control, watch for other bikers/hikers, closed gates, parked equipment, etc.”

Winter Weather Advisory for Cascades In Lane County, OR
Issued by The National Weather Service, Portland, OR

Nat'l Weather Service

Hoodoo pondMother Nature was very generous to Hoodoo this week, dropping a nice base of 72 inches. That’s more than 25 inches of new snow this week. The Hoodoo crew has been working hard to get the mountain groomed and ready for this weekend with much success.

It's "Tightwad Thursday"

PowderEnjoy 25+ inches of new snow and on $19 Thrifty Thursday!

2/17/2014: NOAA Winter Weather Advisory Alert:

2/17 Santiam PassTarget Area: Cascades in Lane County    

Winter Storm Watch for South Willamette Valley

From 4:00 AM PST, Thu., Feb 06, 2014 until 4:00 AM PST, Fri., Feb 07, 2014
Other affected areas: South Willamette Valley, OR;  Cascade Foothills in Lane County.

The State of the Snow at Hoodoo

Skiing at HoodooReleased 1/15/14
Waiting for snow, but hoping to open very soon!

By Matthew McFarland, General Manager, Hoodoo Ski Area


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