When planning a ski vacation in Bend, most visitors immediately think of Mt. Bachelor. However, there is an alternative. Hoodoo Ski area is located west of Sisters OR near Santiam Pass, about 45 miles from the Salmon Lodge. Hoodoo is priced competitively and is a great destination for families or beginners. Coming up on February 10 is Hoodoo’s Winter Carnival; it is a celebration of the fun and excitement of winter recreation in the Northwest. The day-long schedule of events includes an ax throwing booth, Frisbee golf, musical chairs, a three-legged obstacle race, a team tube race, a hula-hoop contest, a pie eating contest, a ski javelin throw, an archery contest, a Hoodoo employee snow sculpture contest and bingo.