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Winter Recreation 2021

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Winter Events 2021

Get a look at some of the winter events headed your way this season

Winter Insider 2019

Our special Winter Insider edition is packed with stuff to get you stoked on snow season

Powder to The People

Winter Insider Adventure: Exploring unchartered territory on a snowy night

Moondog Goes Pro

A Bendite and former U.S. Ski Team member shares his tale of landing a sponsorship—and a spot on the then-budding pro tour

Bachelor for Beginners

Mt. Bachelor invests in new infrastructure to fill in the gaps for first-time skiers and snowboarders

24 Hours in Bend

You're passing through Bend for a day and it's the middle of winter—what do you do?

Are Studded Tires Really Necessary?

With winter ahead, we examine whether cutting corners will lead to skidding out

Running In Winter

World champ Max King offers cold-season advice on what to remember, what to look for and where to go

Backcountry 101

Before you veer off from the resorts, here are some things to know about the backcountry

Hockey in Bend: A First-Timer's Story

The new hockey rink is welcoming to all players—from pros to those who've never skated

Winter Insider

Hoodoo or Bachelor?

The two ski areas closest to Bend offer varying experiences

Apres: Coffee Spots

In honor of the Winter Insider issue, a few recommendations for where to catch a cuppa after a day in the snow

Beacon to the Backcountry

Pete Keane - Timberline Mountain Guides

Winter Picks

Plan your season around these events

Ski Bum for Life

The Source talks business with local snow fanatics

Ski Bums: Then vs. Now

A side-by-side comparison

Ask Pete

Winter adventure, from behind the lens

The 21st Century Ski Bum

Winter adventure is a state of mind

Snow Go in C.O.

Johnny McVenture, NEAR CRATER LAKE:

Johnny McVenture, BACK TO CENTRAL OREGON:

Johnny McVenture, EASTERN OREGON:

Johnny McVenture, IN BEND

The Science of Slickness: How and why road crews keep you safe in the snow

If you've ever bitched about being stuck behind the snowplow or the gravel truck, you should get that attitude of yours in check and realize that these people are trying to keep you alive and your vehicle intact. Most of us acknowledge that, but few of us know exactly how these street scientists are keeping us safe. Magnesium Chloride Now that sounds scientific! That is what's called a chemical compound, y'all, and it's what both the city of Bend and the Oregon Department of Transportation spray before, during and after snowstorms. City of Bend Street Supervisor Kevin Ramsey says that while most of the country is still throwing down a salt-based de-icer, Bend has long favored magnesium chloride MgCl2(H2O), for its effective, yet less-corrosive qualities. In short, that means that it isn't going to mess up your car (or your streets and wildlife) quite as much.

The Science of Ski Wax: There's a lot more to it than melting a candle over the base of your favorite boards before heading out the door

You hear it all the time. What kind of wax are you using? Or, I need to wax my skis. Ski wax. We know we need it, plenty of people neglect it, while others pontificate about it ad nauseum. But why, exactly, does it matter and how does it work? Magic? More like science; chemistry and physics, more specifically. In this case, science is packaged in the form of a petroleum-based product called hydrocarbon (CnH(2n+2)) or, in some cases fluorocarbon, a hydrophobic chemical compound. Wax serves a necessary role in skiing, acting as both a sealant and a lubricant for your skis. Without it, your skis will slide on snow less readily, or not at all. "It's all about glide. If you're not gliding, you're not skiing," says Bert Hinkley, local ski wax guru and sales and service tech at Webskis. Though Hinkley deals primarily with Nordic skis, the principles apply to alpine skis and snowboards, as well.

The More Things Change: Known by many names, Gore-Tex is the technology underlying all modern gear

Buying winter gear can be intimidating. Winter hardware, like skis and snowboards, has seen some dramatic changes in the last two decades. Winter apparel, on the other hand, tells a different story. Industry insiders like Doug Hoscheck, one of the creators of Polar Fleece, say apparel has basically been the same for the last 30 years. The only real differences are in style and color. While the technological changes in hardware are fairly complex, the science behind how apparel keeps you warm is actually pretty simple. It comes down to two main things: layering and breathability (how your clothing manages moisture and perspiration).

Built for Speed: The Physics of the Winter Athlete Body

Ever been out skiing, feeling like you're in a groove, moving along at a good pace, only to be passed like you're standing still by a truly gifted skier? Me neither. (kidding.) When you see an elite athlete in action firsthand - especially when you're participating in the same sport - it gives you a genuine understanding of just how good they are. And although they may be working really hard, most talented athletes make it look effortless. "It definitely comes easier for some people who have attributes specific to their sport," says Bart Bowen, owner of the Powered by Bowen sports lab. As an example, he points out that people who excel at cycling typically have large lung capacities and longer femurs. (Thighbones that are longer than shins act as a strong lever while pedaling.) Conversely, good runners usually have a longer shin, or a shin length equal to the length of their femur. Curious, I measure my leg and find my femur is longer than my shin. Maybe that explains my running.

Lab Goggles Before Ski Goggles: Applying the scientific method to the Northwest's wacky weather

The Jet Stream: What the hell is it? * A corridor of fast-moving air that separates the cold air in the north from the warm air in the south that determines where storms form and where they move. *Composed of wind currents high in the atmosphere (20,000 feet) *During cold fronts, the jet stream bends south, but stays above the warm-cold boundary. In summer, the jet stream moves north toward Canada. *Jet streaks are faster winds surrounding the jet stream that have a major effect on the location of storms and precipitation.

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