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December 2019. (Part I)

Monthly Meeting, Monday, Dec. 9, 7:00 pm at Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE

PROGRAM: The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear;

Jeremy Rooper of the Mountain Shop in Portland will bring a wide selection of ski gear and vast experience as a backcountry skier to our meeting. The Mountain Shop has supplied mountaineering gear to Oregonians for 80 years and Jeremy has been their backcountry ski expert for more than 20 years. Come see the latest equipment and learn from an expert.


Please renew your membership for the 2019-2020 season. For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, Ski School, Overnight Trips and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone. You can renew at our monthly meetings or download a renewal form at Join us for a great season on the snow.


January 14, Willamette Chapter’s club meeting: Bruce Moffatt will present the Central Oregon Avalanche Association’s “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness program.

January 16: Jim Todd will present a guided tour of the varied and beautiful cross country skiing in the Central Cascades. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer– come see what the Central Cascades have to offer! You can sign up for this program at REI’s Events webpage: central-cascades/266754

SKI SCHOOL: tentative date is Sat., Jan. 25, 2020, at Hoodoo; with the evening class at Pringle Hall on Tue. Jan. 21. Watch the News for details.


The Willamette Chapter will once again sell the cheapest Sno-Park permits in town. The annual permits will be sold to you at cost ($25) at the Nov. and Dec. meetings. Be the first on your block to have one pasted in your car window

February 21 – February 23 LaPine Ski trip

I am leading a weekend ski trip to the Lapine Area in February.
We stay at no cost at a large home on the banks of the Deschutes River just west of Lapine.

Many local skiing options including the Paulina Lake area as well as Misner Snow Park (groomed trails) and Dutchman’s Flat near Mt. Bachelor Ski area as well as the groomed trails at Bachelor, to name a few. We can order pizza from a nearby parlor or cook group meals. We have a full service kitchen to prepare meals. We have room for a dozen skiers. The dates are Friday, February 21 through Sunday Feb 23. Contact information:
Mark Olson at 503xx559xx0728 or mark at olson dot us.

Mark W. Olson
8750 Oak Grove Rd.
Rickreall, Or 97371
MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS mark at olson dot us

December Program: (Dec. 9)

The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear; Jeremy Rooper of the Mountain Shop in Portland will bring a wide selection of ski gear and vast experience as a backcountry skier to our meeting.  The Mountain Shop has supplied mountaineering gear to Oregonians for 80 years and Jeremy has been their backcountry ski expert for more than 20 years.  Come see the latest equipment and learn from an expert. 

Special Recreation Permit Fee Structure

Willamette National Forest invites public to attend Open Houses on proposed special recreation permit fee structure
Springfield, Ore., Nov. 6, 2019 – The Willamette National Forest will have two open houses for the public to learn more about the proposed special recreation permit fee structure for the limited entry system which will be implemented next year in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas. The forest will review and consider all comments and use them to inform how the proposal may be adjusted. The public comment period for the proposed special recreation permit fee began on October 9, and will end on Nov. 25, 2019.
“Both open houses will begin with a brief presentation about the proposed fee structure,” said Recreation Program Manager Matt Peterson. “People will also have an opportunity to visit informally with Willamette National Forest leadership and staff and provide written comments.”
The first open house will be held on Tuesday, November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Chemeketa Community College, Winema Building, 4001 Winema Place NE, Salem, Ore. The second open house will be held on Thursday, November 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., Eugene, Ore. Contact Matt Peterson at with questions or if you require special accommodations. 
Comments may also be submitted electronically to or dropped off at any Willamette National Forest office during business hours. Additionally, comments may be mailed to Willamette National Forest, ATTN: Recreation Fees, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, Ore., 97477.
Find answers to frequently asked questions and other detailed information about the proposed fee structure at


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Volunteer at Little Nash Sno-park Thursday Nov. 7

Here’s one more sno-park trip for Salamanders, Scorpions and Oregon Nordic Club on Thursday November 7:  Little Nash sno-park trails, one mile west of Santiam Junction on Hwy 20.  Carpools from Salem leave at 0700 from Home Depot; those coming from Eugene will also need to leave at 0700 from their usual spot in Springfield.  Bring usual PPE, warm layers, food , water, etc.  We will be doing power saw log out and brushing.  If anyone from the Nordic Club can come and install missing blue diamonds that would be great.
Sign up for November 7 here:  here: