2019 – 2020 Meetings will be at Pringle Hall, 606 Church Street SE, Salem OR, at 7pm on Monday, Oct. 7; Monday, Nov. 11; Monday, Dec. 9; Tuesday, Jan. 14; Tuesday, Feb. 11; and Tuesday, Mar. 10.

Corvallis ski swap

October 17 – 20, 2019

The Corvallis Ski Swap is held each fall in Corvallis, Oregon and is THE PLACE to come for great deals on cross country skis, downhill skis, snowboards, snowshoes, bindings, outdoor clothes, helments, and much much more. 

VIP Entrance Friday 5:30pm

SALE Friday 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm.

OCTOBER 29, 2019 – Volunteers needed for Lava Lake Project

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, we’ll hold a joint work project with the Salamanders Trail Group to clear and mark neglected ski trails at the Lava Lake SnoPark on Hwy 20.  If you are free on weekdays, please join us.  You can sign up using the link below.  Please contact Beth Dayton or myself for more information.

Volunteers will meet at Salem Home Depot at 0700 to carpool.  Come prepared with gloves, eye protection, sturdy boots, food , water, warm layers and a larger day pack to carry it all.  Bring loppers, hand saw and hard hat, or borrow from us.  
This is the link to sign up for October 29 Lava Lake brushing, logout and signage:
Thanks, Jim
Jim Todd, Day Tour Chair
Willamette Chapter – Oregon Nordic Club

Willamette Volunteer Operations Workshop

October 15, 2019; 0900-1500

Springfield Interagency Office, 3106 Pierce Pkwy Springfield OR

Please RSVP by 10/4/19 to or 541-510-1102

Meeting Goals: The Willamette NF is working to establish consistent protocol for volunteer operations forest wide. This workshop is aimed at helping the forest and partners to understand how volunteer groups and forest districts are currently operating on key topics, and engage everyone in facilitated discussion around where/why it’s important to have consistency across the forest. This first workshop will cover two specific topics: (1) How volunteer groups and districts define different types of volunteers (for example “crew leads”), and (2) How volunteer groups are managing field communications. No decisions will be made at this workshop, rather the focus will be on understanding the need for consistency and informing current conditions.


Facilitator: Gala Miller, Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Introductions & Welcome

Lead: Miller; District Ranger (TBD)

Welcome, Introductions & Meeting Logistics

Meeting goals & background on operations planning effort


High Cascades & Willamette Partnership

Leads: Bayliss & Sorensen

Refresher on goals of this partnership and the support provided by HCFV to volunteer groups


Session 1: Volunteer Types & Training Requirements

Leads: All

Discuss the need to establish consistent definitions for different types of volunteers to improve safety, equity and efficiency (for example: what does it mean to be a “Crew Lead” in each group?).

Hear from groups on if/how they designate different types of volunteers within their ranks, what these labels mean in practice, etc. Are we properly supporting training, etc. for these designations?

Discuss next steps: future discussions on solutions, recommendation to decision makers

Session includes a 15 minute break   


LUNCH (1hr)

Brown bag lunch or order lunch from onsite Stars & Stripes Café


Session 2: Field Communication (1hr)

Leads: All

Discuss the need to establish consistent expectations for field communications

Hear from volunteer groups and districts on:

What types of communication devises are currently being used?

When are they used? How are they shared among the group members, who provides/maintains them?

When are groups interfacing with dispatch? What does this interface look like?

What are the unmet needs for communication devises and support?

Discuss next steps: future discussions on solutions, recommendation to decision makers

Session includes a 15 minute break   


Closing & Next Steps (15min)

Discuss how best to move operations planning effort forward

Discuss next steps & closing

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Volunteer Opportunity


Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Meet at Airport Rd. Park-n-Ride at 7:00 am.    

The Club will stock firewood at Mt. View and South Maxwell Shelters.  Wood is split, just bring gloves, water, and lunch.

Thank you Volunteers

We had eight volunteers last Saturday and with the help of Mt. Jeff Snowmobile Club, Deschutes NF and the Central Oregon Landcruisers we were able to fill all four shelters at Santiam Pass.

Ski School

Saturday, January 25, 2020. Date is tentative depending on confirmation with Hoodoo when it is up and running, usually around Thanksgiving.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Bob or Jim if you are looking for volunteer opportunities.

September 21, Saturday:   Wood Stocking at Santiam Pass Shelters  
We will join the Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club and Forest Service staff at Ray Benson SnoPark to stock firewood in the Roger Schmidt, North Blowout, Island Junction and Brandenburg Shelters.  Wood will be split at Ray Benson, then hauled and stacked at the outlying shelters.  MJSC is providing lunch for volunteers (though you may wish to bring some treats to share) so you just need to bring gloves and water.  This is a huge task to complete in one day, so we need lots of volunteers.  Contact Mark Olson or Jim Todd for more details or to sign up.


We will need tour leaders for weekend tours; please step up and lead a tour to your favorite destination. If you wish to lead a tour, suggest a tour destination or learn more about tour leading, contact Jim Todd (503-378-7003). Please contact leaders as early as possible; this helps them plan their tours.