WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB NEWS: September 2022 by Jim Todd


Yes, it’s scarcely the middle of September and snow is no where in sight. But our club has numerous ski related events occurring this fall. It’s mostly about volunteers, volunteers and volunteers. Come join us and get in the mood for skiing before the first flake falls.

SKI TRAIL MAINTENANCE:
September 17, Saturday: volunteers will do much needed maintenance on ski trails at Ray Benson or Little Nash SnoParks. We will place more blue diamonds, limbs trees to improve view of the diamonds and remove sapling trees and brush from the trails. Please contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003), if you can join us or need more information.
October 3-6, Monday to Thursday: New Signs at Maxwell SnoPark. The Detroit RD has all new signs for trail junctions on the Maxwell system. Our volunteers will help Forest Service staff and Cascade Volunteers crews set posts and place signs. If you can help on any of these dates, contact Bob Young (503x621x6626) or Jim Todd (503x378x7003). Details of this project will be sent as soon as we receive more details from the Forest Service.

WOOD STOCKING at Winter Shelters
October 8, Saturday, 0900: Ray Benson SnoPark. Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club (MJSC) is again organizing a wood splitting extravaganza to stock firewood at all four Santiam Pass Shelters (Roger Schmidt, North Blowout, Brandenburg and Island Junction). MJSC will buck and split wood at the SnoPark. Willamette Chapter volunteers and Forest Service staff will haul and stack wood at NBO, Brandenburg and Island Jct. MJSC is providing lunch for everyone. With enough volunteers we can complete the task and have all shelters ready for winter in a single day. Please join us. Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003) to sign up.

October, date to be announced:  Mt. View Shelter and South Maxwell Shelter.  Volunteers will help Detroit RD staff stock firewood at these two Maxwell SnoPark shelters.  Mt. View is our only overnight shelter and its woodshed is huge.  We need your help to get the job done in a single day.  Please contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003), if you might have a Saturday free to help us.  

MEETINGS and TRAINING SESSIONS:
October 11, Tuesday, 0930-1200: Santiam Pass Winter Cooperators Meeting at Roger Schmidt Shelter, Ray Benson SnoPark. Willamette and Deschutes NF, ODOT, Linn Co. Sheriff’s Office, Hoodoo, MJSC, ONC and other groups will meet to discuss ways to keep winter recreation at Santiam Pass running smoothly and safely. Everyone is welcome to attend and raise concerns about operations at Ray Benson and the surrounding trail systems.

October 15-16:  Linn Co. Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), training for Search and Rescue (SAR) Team.  See below for more details.

SEARCH AND RESCUE
The MJSC is cooperating with LCSO and Corvallis Mountain Rescue to support SAR services at Santiam Pass. If anyone has an emergency at Santiam Pass they can access this assistance by calling 911. MJSC is committed to keeping sled riders off the ski trail system, but has contacted our club about accessing the Nordic trails in case they need to reach someone in an emergency. We will be working with MJSC/SAR to help their volunteers learn access points WITHOUT running snowmobiles on ski trails. MJSC also invites Willamette Chapter members to join them and participate in the SAR program. A message from Bob Elliott, Point of Contact (POC) for MJSC/SAR, is attached. Please contact Bob at the phone# or email below if you have questions about the SAR program.


To the Nordic Club, my name is Bob Elliott and I’m the POC for the MJSC SAR team. The MJSC consists of 21 volunteers who are certified in SAR events working directly for Linn County SAR. We are based out of the Ray Benson Snow Park. We have been coordinating with Jim Todd for the last 2 seasons about how MJSC SARt team can assist an individual who may need to be helped out of the XC play area and back to the parking lot in a timely and safe manor. Jim and Steve Duch (MJSC) have come up with a plan that both groups would like try. If any Nordic Club members would like to join the MJSC SAR team they are welcome. Training will be 15-16 Oct at the LCSO training area outside Albany. This two day course certifies someone to be SAR qualified. Also completion of online 1st Aid and CPR are required. Upon being trained these volunteers would have access to SAR Vest and radios in the groomer shed at Ray Benson Snow Park. The purpose and goal is to have XC individuals available to respond on the trail network, the wilderness areas and other areas around Hoodoo. We do not have a solid plan yet on how recovery and SAR operations will work but this is a start. Our goal is to provide SAR coverage without interfering with dedicated XC trails and areas used by XC skiers. Currently MJSC SAR have rescue sleds and equipment to assist when needed. We hope not having to be requested but if so we will be ready to help. If interested or have questions my cell is 503-551-7708 for more details. My email is robert.eugene.elliott@gmail.com. Bob Elliott POC MJSC SAR team

Willamette Chapter – ONC: Fall volunteer projects

Volunteer Project: Saturday August 27

It still feels like summer, but winter is only a few months away.  We need to clear ski trails and stock shelters before the snow falls.  Club volunteers have already scouted trails at Ray Benson, Potato Hill and Little Nash SnoParks.  There’s quite a bit of brushing, marking and logging to be done.  The Cascade Volunteers’ Salamander crew has offered to do the logging. Our club will take care of the rest.  Our first volunteer project will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, to remove sapling conifers and place blue diamonds on the Ray Benson trails.  We will hold a second trail work day Sep. 2 or 3, if there is enough interest.  If you can help on any of these dates–or if you just have questions about our volunteer program–please reply.
Later this fall we will also help the Detroit RD place new signs on the Maxwell trails and stock firewood at our winter shelters. 
Thanks for helping with these projects, Jim

Jim Todd, Day Tour Chair
Willamette Chapter – Oregon Nordic Club

NEWSLETTERMay 2022

oncwillamette.org


WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB
P. O. Box 181
Salem, OR 97308

    Mother’s Day has arrived; the sun rises before 6:00 am, tulips are blooming, peas and carrots are growing in my vegetable garden.  Skiing is but a distant memory, right?  Wrong—very wrong.  The Cascades had more than three feet of snow in April.  Yesterday snow was falling above 3000’ and sticking to the trees above 4000’.  There is five inches of fresh snow on Santiam Pass this morning and it is still snowing.  True, snow is melting rapidly at lower elevations, but there is still skiing at the pass for those who aren’t too fastidious.  Don’t put the skis in deep storage yet.  Here’s what’s happened lately and what’s in store for the future.  

TOUR REPORTS 

April 15, Friday:  Willamette Pass                    by Jeff Starr

    “Friday Bill N, Bill C, and I decided to explore the Willamette Pass area.  We had hoped to ski from the PCT trailhead to Maiden Lakes, possibly connecting up to the Willamette Pass ski area afterwards to come back on one of their runs.  Unfortunately the PCT trailhead wasn’t plowed and there were no other parking options available to reach the PCT trailhead. 

    We opted to park at the Gold Lake SnoPark.  After hearing from others that had attempted to ski to Gold Lake and quickly turned back, we chose to stay on routes that were already broken.  The weather was wonderful and the broken tracks skied very well.  On any ventures off track, we found ourselves knee deep in thick powder.  On track, the ski to Betchel shelter was wonderful and it was fun to ski in an area we’ve rarely explored.  At the end of the day, I ventured out of the tracks and found the snow is firming up indicating that breaking trail should be easier in a day or two as long as we don’t get too much more fresh powder. 

April 23, Saturday:  North Blowout Shelter and Beyond            by Ron Allowitz

    Three hardy skiers “braved” sunny and warm conditions at Benson Park on April 23rd. J. Starr, A. Bremiller, chose to pull snow sleds behind them as we skied Saturday. We experienced well compacted, but ice-free snow as we ventured to North Blowout shelter where we enjoyed a leisurely lunch. Snow conditions remained nearly ideal as we ventured towards Island Junction Shelter (IJS) on the Circle Lake trail. Bypassing the IJS we linked onto the South Loop and back to our vehicle. What was surprising was the near absence of other skiers during our outing.  [Editor’s note:  where were you?]

April 24, Saturday:  Santiam Lake                        by Jim Todd

    Three tours to Santiam Lake in one season is a record for me, but this isn’t a trip you can grow tired of.  We started from Santiam SnoPark on snow that was a bit icy, but warm, sunny weather soon softened the surface and produced smooth, easy skiing.  We took the usual Skyline trail route to the lake for lunch, enjoyed the spectacular views and then had a fun downhill run back to the SnoPark.  Thanks to Fiona and Kim for getting me out on this great route one more time.

ANNOUNCEMENT

    When the road to Three Creeks Lake opens we will wrap up the season with our annual Tam McArthur Rim tour.  Right now we are projecting a tour date the last weekend of May or first two weekends in June.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626) for details or to sign up for this great tour.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

    The Willamette Chapter has an active volunteer program assisting the Forest Service with ski trail clearing and marking; shelter construction and maintenance; and firewood stocking.  Thank you volunteers!  If you have questions about out volunteer projects or would like to join one, contact Mark Olson (503x559x0728) or Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

    The announcements below detail the trail volunteer training programs sponsored by Cascade Volunteers, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Deschutes and Willamette NF.  The Allingham classes June 2-5, include a session on ski trail maintenance taught by Sue Sullivan of the Central Oregon Chapter of ONC.  Click the links below for more information and to sign up for these classes

    Details and registration links can be found here: Allingham Trail Skills College – Pacific Crest Trail Association (pcta.org)

SAVE THE DATE! Cascade Volunteers (CV) and the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) are excited to welcome you to the 2022 West Cascades Trail Skills College, on June 10th-12th at the McKenzie Bridge Airstrip on the Willamette National Forest. This year we’re thrilled to be welcoming people back in person for a great weekend of camping, playing, learning and volunteering.

The training weekend will be filled with a wide range of classes from sawyer support, brushing and scouting, Love Your Lake training, and much more. At night you can kick your feet back and relax with volunteers from all around the Willamette.

Classes will start the morning of Saturday, June 11th. Camping on site will be open the evening of June 10th. Camping is encouraged but not required- feel free to just join us for a few classes if you prefer. 

While water and restrooms will be available onsite, due to ongoing COVID safety procedures, CV and PCTA are not able to provide food this year. Please plan to be self-sufficient or coordinate with friends for all meals.

A sneak peek at our schedule:

Saturday June 11th:

  • Intro to Trail Maintenance,
  • Sawyer Support – Swamping, 
  • Hand Tool Field Maintenance,
  • Drainage Design & Drain Dips,
  • Crew Leadership: Project Management,
  • Radio Use,
  • Crosscut Demonstration,

Sunday June 12th:

  • Brushing and Scouting,
  • Love Your Lake Training, 
  • Trail work: Tread and Drainage,
  • Chainsaw Maintenance,
  • Drainage Crossings,

Registration will open on Tuesday, May 10th on Better Impact. If you’re not already signed up as a Willamette National Forest Volunteer, please do so at the link bellow before registering for this event. 

MyImpactPage – Willamette National Forest Volunteer Application (betterimpact.com)

Trip Report March 5, 2022

Report by Bianca Klar

On Saturday, March 5th, the three of us Chuck D, Bob Y, and myself (Bianca K) revisited one of our old favorite tours to Craig’s lake. It’s a B tour, and although not very long (only 7.5 miles), it involves quite a bit of climbing up and down, so it requires some downhill skills and experience. It also involves crossing a creek, which at various snow conditions can be quite challenging.

The weather was lovely, mostly clear skies and a bit breezy, which felt cold when gearing up, but felt just right when climbing.  We had a couple of inches of fresh snow on a solid frozen base.  It was good for climbing.  With different conditions and different snow levels, we are often tempted to try different routs in search for the perfect one:-).  This time we stayed up high on a sort of plateau, but had to navigate a lot of regrowth (hemlock thickets).  Crossing the creek up high was easy, for it was all covered with snow there, but climbing back up was too steep and icy at that spot so we had to descend some to find a gentler slope.  We continued a mostly gentle climb to the lake and had a lovely lunch there.  Coming back on the south facing slopes was a hoot, real good snow for turns.  But the east facing slopes stayed crunchy and rough.  

The first picture shows where we are headed, second shows the creek canyon we had to cross, and the last two are taken at the lake.

WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB

oncwillamette.org

P. O. Box 181

Salem, OR  97308

NEWSLETTER

March 2022

WEEKEND DAY TOURS

    Under current COVID-19 safety guidelines it is possible to resume the club’s scheduled ski tours.  However, individual members should assess their risk carefully before deciding whether to ski with a group.  We are responsible for our own safety.  No one should participate in a club tour if they have symptoms that might indicate Coronavirus infection or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Willamette Chapter will require everyone to be vaccinated to participate in club tours.  Tour leaders may require proof of vaccination.  Carpooling to the trailhead is an individual choice.  Those who carpool should wear face coverings as a precaution.  Tourers should maintain 6’ social distance at all times and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

    Guests are welcome on Willamette Chapter day tours.  Please contact the tour leader for details and to ensure the tour matches your interests and skill level.

    We need more 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 (503x378x7003).  Remember, impromptu tours are always an option.  If you yearn for a day on skis, phone Jim or a skier on the roster.  Connect with your fellow Club members and get out when it snows.

March 5 or 6, Saturday or Sunday:  A Tour, best snow in Santiam Pass area.  Contact John Hortsch (503x507x5727).

March 5 or 6, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

March 12, Saturday:  B Tour,  Santiam Pass area, location depending on group interest.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

March 13, Sunday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area.  Contact Jeanne Miller (503x 588×0473‬).

March 19, Saturday:  A or B Tour, John Craig Memorial Ski Event at McKenzie Pass.  Tour or race from the Sisters snowgate on Hwy 242 to Dee Wright Observatory and back; the route should be groomed.  Details and a link for sign-up are attached below.  

March 26 or Saturday or Sunday:   A or B Tour, depending on snow conditions and group interest.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

April 2 or 3, Saturday or Sunday: B Tour, date and location depending on snow and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

Tour Ratings: A key to the Tour Rating codes: 

    “Beginner” = Easy, short distances on flat or gentle slopes; appropriate for first time skiers.

    
“A” = Easy, distances up to 5 or 6 miles with a few slopes; basic skills are required; some of these may not be suitable for 1st time skiers. 

    “B” = Intermediate or experienced; distances of 6 to 12 miles or possible elevation gains of 2000 feet; may include steeper sections; some downhill skills are required. 

    “C” = Advanced, longer with greater elevation gains; includes both trails and off-trail with frequent steep terrain.

    “D” = Expert, very difficult or long; possible backcountry travel and/or ski mountaineering. 

WEEK DAY SKI TOURS

    Why not break the shackles that bind you to the calendar this season?  Try a mid-week tour.  Contact one of the enthusiasts below and arrange an escape from routine.  If you want to be added to this list, send your phone and email to Jim Todd, and we’ll include it in the next Newsletter.   Likewise, contact Jim, if you want your name removed for this season.

Weekday skiers:

Bill Caldwell         503x385x6494      wbcaldwell1 at q dot com

Chuck Daellenbach    541x928x4256    daellenbachc at comcast dot net

Frank Hoffman    541x475x0185    hh_tex at msn dot com

Bianca Klar        503x949x9089    bianchiklar at yahoo dot com

Mark Olson        503x559x0728    mark at olson dot us

Foxie Proctor        503x581x0207    foxieproctor at comcast dot net

Denise Sanders    503x859x4597    dsander at wvi dot com

Jeff Starr        503x851x8403    jeffstarr3 at gmail dot com

Jim Todd        503x378x7003    toddwac18 at gmail dot com

Jerry Vessello        503x931x6344‬    jvess at comcast dot net

Craig Wojcik        503x931x2705‬    ccwojcik09 at comcast dot net

Pam Wojcik        971x312x3984    pjwojcik09 at comcast dot net

Bob Young        503x621x6626    arch.byoung at gmail dot com

TOUR REPORTS

Ray Benson/Little Nash Traverse, a tale of two tours. by Jim Todd

    February 12, Saturday:  where was everybody?  Ron and I were the only skiers to turn out on the scheduled date for this tour—perhaps understandable since three weeks of freeze/thaw left the snow surface frozen like concrete.  But being diehards we headed for the Pass, figuring there was bound to be skiing somewhere.  And in fact we discovered fine skiing on roads groomed by Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club—smooth, even surfaces and super glide.  Plus, icy conditions seem to be a deterrent for snowmobiles, too.  We had the trails nearly to ourselves.  Up until the final minutes in the afternoon we had seen more skiers (5) than snowmobiles.  So Ron and I rambled the roads between Hayrick, Big Lake and Sand Mountain in peace.  By afternoon, as the snow softened we even did some off trail exploring and discovered a bare hill with great views of Sand Mountain, Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters.  It was a good day—even without the traverse.

photo by Jim Todd

2/12/22:  Sand Mountain                       

2/12/22: Mt. Washington, photo by Jim Todd

    February 17, Thursday:  what a difference five days (and four inches of new snow) makes.  With sunny skies and fresh powder Bob, Chuck, Frank, Jerry and Kim were quick to join me for a week day run on this great route.  After meeting at Little Nash and setting up the car shuttle we skied out of Ray Benson on the South Loop, turned west to cross Big Meadows Rd. and followed the groomed snowmobile route around the south side of Hayrick, then hit the best part—off trail navigation around the south and west slopes of Hoodoo.  The snow was a bit sticky by this time, but the skiing was still pleasant and the views were great.  We ended with a run down Hash Brown Loop and Nash Potato trail on increasingly soggy, but still decent snow.  It was great to sqeeze this classic tour into a narrow window of clear weather and unfrozen snow.  And about that powder:  yes, it was Pacific Coast powder and not Rocky Mountain powder; and true it only lasted for an hour before beginning to clump.  But it was as close as we’re likely to get to the real thing.  Just get out early and ski it like you find it.

2/17/22: photo by Jim Todd
2/17/22: photo by Frank Hoffman

Big Springs
by Jeff Starr

    February 17, Thursday:  Conditions were decent at Big Springs SP after the recent snowfall. Bill and I had the snowmobile route from the SP to Park Creek to ourselves. There’s no evidence of any snowmobiles or skiers having used the route recently, but the roads are free of downed trees. Snow depth is between 2 – 3 feet. The snow was adequately soft on the surface and there was minimal breakable crust.

2/17/22: Park Creek – photo by Bill Nelson.

Almost Santiam Lake:
by Jim Todd

    February 26, Saturday:  why are club members going to Texas, New Mexico, California, even Bend when there is snow on Santiam Pass?  Anna and I were the only skiers to turn out for this annual tour.  But in spite of the shortage of trail breakers we made it up the Skyline trail to the head of Lost Lake Creek (a mile short of Santiam Lake) before running short of time and heading back to Santiam SnoPark.  The downhill run was good and so were the views.

2/26/2022: skiing the Skyline Trail photo by Jim Todd

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

    The Willamette Chapter has an active volunteer program assisting the Forest Service with ski trail clearing and marking; shelter construction and maintenance; and firewood stocking.  Thank you volunteers!  If you have questions about out volunteer projects or would like to join one, contact Mark Olson (503x559x0728) or Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

    The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests do 
essential work keeping our ski trails open, marked and 
signed through the winter; but they are desperately short
 of winter recreation staff. We can help the m
use their limited resources efficiently by sending a Trail Report whenever we ski the marked trails. “Cascade Volunteers” records volunteer activity
 and reports directly to Forest Service offices.
You can access their Trail Report form at:  https://cascadevols.org/usfs-work-report/.  (Note:  the form requires a trail number, but our ski trails are not numbered; just enter any digits in the “Trail Number” field, then describe the trail in the “Trail Name” field).  You can also report your observations by sending an email to Jim Todd:  toddwac18 at gmail dot com.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI RACING

    Olympics:  as expected most cross country medals were won by skiers from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.  Therese Johaug of Norway was the biggest winner with gold medals in Skiathon, 10K Classic and 30K Freestyle.  Notable successes by “outsiders” included a silver medal in 4x5K relay and gold in Team Sprint by the German women’s team and, especially, a bronze in Freestyle Sprint and silver in 30K freestyle by US skier Jessie Diggins. 

For all the details of Olympic cross country skiing visit https://olympics.com/en/beijing-2022/

    Paralympics:  cross country events included distance and sprint races for sitting standing and visually impaired skiers.  This year Russia field the largest group of cross country skiers and won the most medals.  US medal winners were Daniel Cnossen with a bronze in the Sitting Distance race and Oksana Masters with gold medals in the Sitting Distance and Spring races.  For all the details of Paralympic cross country skiing visit https://www.paralympic.org/beijing-2022

SNO-PARK PERMITS

           The Willamette Chapter will not sell Sno Park permits in the absence of our regular monthly meetings.  SnoPark permits may be purchased online at the Oregon DMV: https://dmv2u.oregon.gov/eServices/_/.  Annual permits purchased directly from DMV cost $25—no handling fee.  The process takes only a few minutes and includes a downloadable copy you can print and use immediately while waiting for your permit to arrive in the mail.  Buy a permit and support SnoPark plowing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Newsletter now includes an Announcement Section. There members can post ski related items for sale, cross-country related questions, inquiries about conditions and suggestions for ski trips. Please send your announcements to Bob, Jim or Denise for inclusion in the Newsletter. Another good place for these items is on the website, ONCWillamette.org

    1.  Jeff Starr (503x581x8403) has a pair of Garmont Excursion 3-pin boots for sale.  They are Euro size 26.5, in good condition, for $40. 

2020-2021 OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS: Available President

Jeanne Miller Vice President

Bob Young Treasurer & Membership

Denise Sanders Webmeister

Genice Rabe Newsletter Editor

Jim Todd Day Tour Chair

David Forkner ONC State Board Rep & Board Member

Pam Wojcik Overnight Trip Coordinator & Board Member

Mark Olson Volunteer Coordinator & Board Member

Christine Young Board Member

Available Board Member

Trip Report 2/17/22 Big Springs

Conditions were decent at Big Springs SP yesterday. Bill and I had the snowmobile route from the SP to Park Creek to ourselves. There’s no evidence of any snowmobiles or skiers having used the route recently, but the roads are free of downed trees. Snow depth is between 2 – 3 feet. The snow was adequately soft on the surface and there was minimal breakable crust. Jeff Starr

Trip Report 2/17/2022

By Jerry Vesselo

Jon Wiener and I skied Bennet Pass today, which is accessed from Hwy 35 on Mt Hood, across from Meadows. It is signed on the highway. There is parking which I would guess is pretty full on the weekends but was OK on a Tuesday that likely would have a big draw for skiers due to the crystal blue skies an amazing, amazingly rare, snow we had, and there is a restroom. There was about 12” of light fluffy, really true powder. Temperature ranged from 12-16F, so the snow preserved well, and likely was continuing to dry. We were both on AT gear, but I used to tele these slopes and the old clearcut mentioned below. We skied from a point about a mile up the road, just short of a junction with another road to the right. The left side of the road presents moderate slopes at that point and for several hundred yards before the junction, There are with some pillows, and it is treed, but they are well spaced. There is re-prod as you get to the bottom, but again, tree spacing was good..We had the area to ourselves. There were several other skiers in the pass area, either cross country or AT gear. We encountered one snow mobile. This is a great place to do some turns, easy access’s. I didn’t pack my altimeter, but I am guessing 5-800 vertical per run. There is an old clear cut further up the road that is very popular for downhill, but is pretty well sought after, making these short shots, not far from the parking lot, little used gems.

Attached is the GPX track if you wish to put it on your phone or GPS unit. From Kim Jones Gaia app –Title:Ray Benson – Little Nash

Date:2/17/22, 10:03:38 AM PSTDistance:9.2 miTime:05:18:24Average Speed:1.7 mphMax Speed:8.7 mphAscent:296.5 ftMin/Max Altitude:3,715.8 ft, 4,918.0 ftStarted:2/17/22, 10:03:38 AM PST – (44.40480, -121.86170)Ended:2/17/22, 3:22:02 PM PST – (44.43208, -121.95829)

February 2022 Newsletter

WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB

oncwillamette.org

P. O. Box 181
Salem, OR 97308

SKI SCHOOL REVIEW

    January 29, Saturday:  eleven students and five mentors converged on Hoodoo’s groomed Nordic tracks for a resumption of our almost annual Ski School.  PSIA Nordic instructors Bev McDonald and Mike Armstrong provided lessons on the fundamentals for both novice and intermediate skiers.  In the afternoon students and mentors hit the tracks again to practice and just enjoy the excellent grooming, sunny weather and beautiful views.  Everyone had a great time–including Bev and Mike who tell us they enjoyed working with everyone and that Ski School is the highlight of their season.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

    Please renew your membership for the 2021-2022 season.  For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone.  You can download a renewal form at https://oncwillamette.org/membership.  Join us for a great season on the snow.

WEEKEND DAY TOURS   

    Under current COVID-19 safety guidelines it is possible to resume the club’s scheduled ski tours.  However, individual members should assess their risk carefully before deciding whether to ski with a group.  We are responsible for our own safety.  No one should participate in a club tour if they have symptoms that might indicate Coronavirus infection or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Willamette Chapter will require everyone to be vaccinated to participate in club tours.  Tour leaders may require proof of vaccination.  Carpooling to the trailhead is an individual choice.  Those who carpool should wear face coverings as a precaution.  Tourers should maintain 6’ social distance at all times and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

    Guests are welcome on Willamette Chapter day tours.  Please contact the tour leader for details and to ensure the tour matches your interests and skill level.

    We need more 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 (503x378x7003).  Remember, impromptu tours are always an option.  If you yearn for a day on skis phone Jim or a skier on the roster.  Connect with your fellow Club members and get out when it snows.

February 12, Saturday:  B Tour, Benson/Little Nash Traverse or Santiam Lake, depending on snow conditions.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

February 19 or 20, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

February 20, Sunday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area.  Contact Jeanne Miller (503x588x0473).

February 21, Monday:  A Tour, Three Creeks area south of Sisters.  Contact John Hortsch (503x507x5727).

February 26, Saturday:  B Tour, Santiam Pass Three Summits Challenge? Maxwell Butte? Four Lakes?  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

March 5 or 6, Saturday or Sunday:  A Tour, best snow in Santiam Pass area.  Contact John Hortsch (503x507x5727).

March 5 or 6, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

March 19, Saturday:  A or B Tour, John Craig Memorial Ski Event at McKenzie Pass.  Tour or race from the Sisters snowgate on Hwy 242 to Dee Wright Observatory and back; the route should be groomed.  Details and a link for sign-up are attached below.  

Tour Ratings: A key to the Tour Rating codes:

    “Beginner” = Easy, short distances on flat or gentle slopes; appropriate for first time skiers.

    
“A” = Easy, distances up to 5 or 6 miles with a few slopes; basic skills are required; some of these may not be suitable for 1st time skiers. 

    “B” = Intermediate or experienced; distances of 6 to 12 miles or possible elevation gains of 2000 feet; may include steeper sections; some downhill skills are required. 

    “C” = Advanced, longer with greater elevation gains; includes both trails and off-trail with frequent steep terrain.

    “D” = Expert, very difficult or long; possible backcountry travel and/or ski mountaineering. 

WEEK DAY SKI TOURS

    Why not break the shackles that bind you to the calendar this season?  Try a mid-week tour.  Contact one of the enthusiasts below and arrange an escape from routine.  If you want to be added to this list, send your phone and email to Jim Todd, and we’ll include it in the next Newsletter.   Likewise, contact Jim, if you want your name removed for this season.

Weekday skiers:

    Chuck Daellenbach    541x928x4256    daellenbachc at comcast dot net

Frank Hoffman 541x475x0185 hh_tex at msn dot com

    Bianca Klar        503x949x9089    bianchiklar at yahoo dot com

    Mark Olson        503x559x0728    mark at olson dot us

    Foxie Proctor        503x581x0207    foxieproctor at comcast dot net

    Denise Sanders    503x859x4597    o at wvi dot com

    Jeff Starr        503x851x8403    jeffstarr3 at gmail dot com

    Jim Todd        503x378x7003    toddwac18 at gmail dot com

    Jerry Vessello        503x931x6344‬    jvess at comcast dot net

    Craig Wojcik        503x931x2705‬    ccwojcik09 at comcast dot net

    Pam Wojcik        971x312x3984    pjwojcik09 at comcast dot net

    Bob Young        503x621x6626    arch.byoung at gmail dot com

TOUR REPORTS 

January 8, Saturday                        by Bob Young

    Well, the deep snowpack that then turned to hard pack has made for some challenging ski adventures this year. On January 8 while hoping for a little new topping, 6 of us opted to check out the roads out of Lava Lake SnoPark that we had scouted and walked on a return hike from Crescent Mountain.  It turned out to have some reasonable surface conditions with some smoothed out area for most of the ski because these roads are snowmobile common corridor that connect to Big Springs SnoPark.  Lisa Romano, a new member, valuable resource with the national forest, and a good skier, Bianca Klar, and I pushed ahead while Jim Todd, Peggy Mansfield and Roger Applegate took a more leisurely pace as we headed out to NF road 510 where some private land clear cuts tempted us to explore the slopes.  Surface condition off the road was OK until you punched thru to soft snow which then became impossible and hazardous to turn in.  Lisa reported a great view of Jefferson from the top of the clearing before the three of us continued to the next clearing where we had great views of Crescent Mountain, Washington, and part of North and Middle Sister whose tops wouldn’t quite show themselves through the clouds.  After a gorgeous sunny lunch break we made our way back for a total of 8 miles with more gentle uphill than I remembered as downhill on the way out.  Amazing how that happens. This area is not a bad option when the snow is good and the crowds at the pass are just too much.  There were quite a few people at the SnoPark when we got back and the close in trails were heavily tracked. It could also make a nice traverse from Big Springs if you spot a car at Lava Lake for a mostly downhill ski.

1/08/22:              photo by Bob Young

January 22, Saturday                            by Jim Todd

    Two weeks of regular thaw/freeze cycles produced a firm, solid base at Santiam Pass and the inevitable early morning ice.  We dealt with this by dawdling a bit at Santiam SnoPark, then taking a leisurely stroll over to the PCT access road before putting on our skis.  By this time south slopes were softening a bit in the sun.  We skied cautiously (some of us with skins) up over the Cascade Crest and eastward to the Heavens viewpoint overlooking Square Lake.  After an extended lunch break enjoying the views we rambled back west across the divide and climbed northward in the general neighborhood of the PCT.  From here we had more great views of Hoodoo, Hayrick, Washington and the Sisters and a fine downhill run back to the SnoPark.

01/22/22:            photo by Bill Nelson

February 3, Thursday:                      by Ron Allowitz and Frank Hoffman

    F. Hoffman, B. Caldwell, and R. Allowitz skied to Island Junction shelter Thursday, Feb.3rd under sunny skies and zero wind. There was a dusting of new snow (about 4”) and near perfect snow conditions. We ate our lunch soaking up the bright sunshine outside the shelter and viewed Mt. Washington and other nearby mountains. We returned on tracked trails; last mile of the main South Loop was the only less than ideal section, as it had gotten enough use to be hard-packed. We appreciated the fall trail maintenance: all trails were in good condition.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to ski.

2/03/2022:            photo by Frank Hoffman

February 5, Saturday:  

    Six School “grads” returned to Hoodoo’s Nordic tracks to enjoy warm sunshine, great views and smooth, groomed snow.  Everyone in the group conquered the steep trails and enjoyed the day.  As a bonus we got to watch Oregon’s high school XC racers doing some beautiful skate skiing—future Olympians?

2/05/2022:            photo by Jim Todd

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

    The Willamette Chapter has an active volunteer program assisting the Forest Service with ski trail clearing and marking; shelter construction and maintenance; and firewood stocking.  Thank you volunteers!  If you have questions about out volunteer projects or would like to join one, contact Mark Olson (503x559x0728) or Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

    The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests do
essential work keeping our ski trails open, marked and
signed through the winter; but they are desperately short
of winter recreation staff. We can help them
use their limited resources efficiently by sending a Trail Report whenever we ski the marked trails. “Cascade Volunteers” records volunteer activity
and reports directly to Forest Service offices.
You can access their Trail Report form at:  https://cascadevols.org/usfs-work-report/.  (Note:  the form requires a trail number, but our ski trails are not numbered; just enter any digits in the “Trail Number” field, then describe the trail in the “Trail Name” field).  You can also report your observations by sending an email to Jim Todd:  toddwac18 at gmail dot com.

SKI VIDEO CORNER

    Ski School has passed; but if you are helping a beginner get started on skis or just want to refresh your basic skills, the Nordic Ski Lab has excellent videos of diagonal stride and skate technique.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI RACING

    The Winter Olympics began on February 4 in Beijing, and our sport will briefly appear in the spotlight.  The usual powerhouses (Norway Sweden, Finland and Russia) are likely to dominate, but the US women’s XC team has a reasonable chance of bringing Olympic medals home.  For information on Olympic cross country skiing visit https://olympics.com/en/beijing-2022/

SNO-PARK PERMITS

           The Willamette Chapter will not sell Sno Park permits in the absence of our regular monthly meetings.  SnoPark permits may be purchased online at the Oregon DMV: https://dmv2u.oregon.gov/eServices/_/.  Annual permits purchased directly from DMV cost $25—no handling fee.  The process takes only a few minutes and includes a downloadable copy you can print and use immediately while waiting for your permit to arrive in the mail.  Buy a permit and support SnoPark plowing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
    The Newsletter now includes an Announcement Section. There members can post ski related items for sale, cross-country related questions, inquiries about conditions and suggestions for ski trips. Please send your announcements to Bob, Jim or Denise for inclusion in the Newsletter. Another good place for these items is on the website, ONCWillamette.org

    1.  Jeff Starr (503x581x8403) has a pair of Garmont Excursion 3-pin boots for sale.  They are Euro size 26.5, in good condition, for $40. 

    2. 

2020-2021 OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS:     

            Available                                President

            Jeanne Miller                          Vice President

            Bob Young                              Treasurer & Membership

            Denise Sanders                        Webmeister

            Genice Rabe                            Newsletter Editor

            Jim Todd                                 Day Tour Chair

            David Forkner                         ONC State Board Rep & Board Member

            Pam Wojcik                             Overnight Trip Coordinator & Board Member  

            Mark Olson                            Volunteer Coordinator & Board Member      

            Christine Young                      Board Member

Available Board Member

January 2022 Newsletter

WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB

oncwillamette.org

P. O. Box 181

Salem, OR  97308

NEWSLETTER

January 2022

                            photo by Frank Hoffman

    Just as predicted in December, the snow, though a bit late, did come; and it came with a vengeance.  The Cascades had nearly 200% of their normal snowpack on New Year’s Day.  But almost drowning the cheers are the laments of skiers exhausted by hours of trail breaking.  Such is the nature of our sport.  Along with the joy of fresh snow comes the tedious slog through mounds of white.  Carry on and take comfort in the prospect of extending our ski season into May or even June.  

    And it would scarcely be a January Newsletter without a reminder that Ski Shool is on January 29, and IT IS NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS!  Whether you have skied 10 years, 20 years or 40 years, a day spent honing skills on groomed snow should be part of your ski season. Tune your diagonal stride, develop a kick double pole, polish your snowplow, try a little skating or work on a telemark. These skills will save energy (and falls) on backcountry tours. You will ski greater distances on more challenging routes and you will enjoy it more. All these benefits will be yours with just one day at Ski School; and a day gliding on groomed snow will be a welcome change from trail breaking.  Pass the word to your friends and get them out on the tracks with us.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

    Please renew your membership for the 2021-2022 season.  For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone.  You can download a renewal form at https://oncwillamette.org/membership.  Join us for a great season on the snow.

WEEKEND DAY TOURS   

    Under current COVID-19 safety guidelines it is possible to resume the club’s scheduled ski tours.  However, individual members should assess their risk carefully before deciding whether to ski with a group.  We are responsible for our own safety.  No one should participate in a club tour if they have symptoms that might indicate Coronavirus infection.  The Willamette Chapter will require everyone to be vaccinated to participate in club tours.  Tour leaders may require proof of vaccination.  Carpooling to the trailhead is an individual choice.  Those who carpool should wear a face covering as a precaution.  Tourers should maintain 6’ social distance at all times and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

    Guests are welcome on Willamette Chapter day tours.  Please contact the tour leader for details and to ensure the tour matches your interests and skill level.

    We need more 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 (503x378x7003).  The tour schedule is sparse at present due to Holidays and uncertainties about early season snow conditions; more tours will be added as the season progresses.  Remember, impromptu tours are always an option.  If you yearn for a day on skis phone Jim or a skier on the roster emailed last month.  Connect with your fellow Club members and get out when it snows.

January 8, Saturday:  Beginner/A Tour, an easy road ski or perhaps the groomed tracks at Hoodoo.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

January 15, Saturday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass or Maxwell SnoPark, depending on snow conditions.  Contact Craig Wojcik (503x931x2705‬).

January 15 or 16, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

January 22, Saturday:  B Tour, the Ray Benson/Little Nash traverse.  Contact Jim Todd 

(503x378x7003).  

January 23, Saturday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area, depending on snow conditions.  Contact John Hortsch (503x507x5727).

January 29, Saturday:  A or B Tour, Ski School at Hoodoo.  See details later in this Newsletter.

January 30, Sunday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area, depending on snow conditions.  Contact John Hortsch (503x507x5727).

February 5, Saturday:  A Tour, an easy road ski or a return to Hoodoo’s groomed tracks.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).  

February 5 or 6, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

March 19, Saturday:  A or B Tour, John Craig Memorial Ski Event at McKenzie Pass.  Tour or race from the Sisters snowgate on Hwy 242 to Dee Wright Observatory and back; the route should be groomed.  Check February and March Newsletters and watch the website for details.

Tour Ratings: A key to the Tour Rating codes: 

    “Beginner” = Easy, short distances on flat or gentle slopes; appropriate for first time skiers.

    
“A” = Easy, distances up to 5 or 6 miles with a few slopes; basic skills are required; some of these may not be suitable for 1st time skiers. 

    “B” = Intermediate or experienced; distances of 6 to 12 miles or possible elevation gains of 2000 feet; may include steeper sections; some downhill skills are required. 

    “C” = Advanced, longer with greater elevation gains; includes both trails and off-trail with frequent steep terrain.

    “D” = Expert, very difficult or long; possible backcountry travel and/or ski mountaineering. 

WEEK DAY SKI TOURS

    Why not break the shackles that bind you to the calendar this season?  Try a mid-week tour.  Contact one of the enthusiasts below and arrange an escape from routine.  If you want to be added to this list, send your phone and email to Jim Todd, and we’ll include it in the next Newsletter.   Likewise, contact Jim, if you want your name removed for this season.

Weekday skiers:

    Chuck Daellenbach    541x928x4256    daellenbachc at comcast dot net

Frank Hoffman    541x475x0185    hh_tex at msn dot com

    Bianca Klar        503x949x9089    bianchiklar at yahoo dot com

    Mark Olson        503x559x0728    mark at olson dot us

    Foxie Proctor        503x581x0207    foxieproctor at comcast dot net

    Denise Sanders    503x859x4597    oncwillaweb at gmail dot com

    Jeff Starr        503x851x8403    jeffstarr3 at gmail dot com

    Jim Todd        503x378x7003    toddwac18 at gmail dot com

    Craig Wojcik        503x931x2705‬    ccwojcik09 at comcast dot net

    Pam Wojcik        503x362x3439    pjwojcik09 at comcast dot net

    Bob Young        503x621x6626    arch.byoung at gmail dot com

TOUR REPORTS 

December 14, Tuesday:      by Frank Hoffman.

    I skied from the 801 road to North Blowout Shelter. Blue sky, not much breeze. No broken trail, so I was moving pretty slowly—2-1/2 hr to the shelter, 1-1/2 back in my tracks.  I was sinking in a foot or more and backsliding on the new snow, so I attached skins, which helped. No need for them on the way back in my tracks. Fortunately, the pond was traversable. I didn’t see anyone else.

12/14/21:                photo by Frank Hoffman

December 17, Friday:      by Jim Todd

    Bill, Craig and I headed up Hwy 22 hoping to ski at lower elevation to avoid trial breaking at the pass.  Unfortunately, the first place we could park was Big Springs SnoPark with 2’ of fresh snow.  It was a slog in heavy, wet snow; but good exercise and the trees were beautiful.

12/17/21:                                photo by Jim Todd

January 1, Saturday:              by Frank Hoffman

    I skied the Little Nash and Nash/Potato trails New Years Day. Clear and cold, though it seemed snow had consolidated some since my trip to the pass a couple of weeks ago. I used skins, which helped on some of the climbs; my travel took me about 5-3/4 miles RT with 570’ gain. Trails were quite clear with the brushing/signing we did in mid-Nov. I saw one other skier when I reached the west end of FS 892, then a couple of snow shoe groups almost back to the snopark. Molly and her son Craig invited me to sit with them at the fire they’d built in the snopark near my car. It was an interesting, if unexpected, ending to my trip. Molly said she and her family had planned to snowmobile out of Ray Benson, but all parking was filled and the loop was gridlocked—police were there trying to sort it out. On my way back I noticed Potato Hill snopark was full with about 30 cars.

1/01/2022:                            photo by Frank Hoffman

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

    The Willamette Chapter has an active volunteer program assisting the Forest Service with ski trail clearing and marking; shelter construction and maintenance; and firewood stocking.  Thank you volunteers!  If you have questions about out volunteer projects or would like to join one, contact Mark Olson (503x559x0728) or Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

    The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests do 
essential work keeping our ski trails open, marked and 
signed through the winter; but they are desperately short
 of winter recreation staff. We can help them 
use their limited resources efficiently by sending a Trail Report whenever we ski the marked trails. “Cascade Volunteers” records volunteer activity
 and reports directly to Forest Service offices.
You can access their Trail Report form at:  https://cascadevols.org/usfs-work-report/.  (Note:  the form requires a trail number, but our ski trails are not numbered; just enter any number in the “Trail Number” field, then describe the trail in the “Trail Name” field).  You can also report your observations by sending an email to Jim Todd:  toddwac18 at gmail dot com.

SKI SCHOOL

CROSS COUNTRY SKI RACING

    The Winter Olympics will be held next month in Beijing and our sport will briefly appear in the spotlight.  The usual powerhouses (Norway Sweden, Finland and Russia) are likely to dominate, but the US women’s XC team has a reasonable chance of bringing Olympic medals home.  In World Cup competition this season Jessie Diggins (gold medalist at the 2018 Olympics) has two golds (10K Freestyle and Sprint) and three silvers (10K Freestyle, Sprint & Team Sprint); Rosie Brennan has a bronze (10K Freestyle); Julia Kern has a silver (Team Sprint with Diggins); and the Relay Team of Diggins, Brennan, Kern and Hailey Swirbul placed 4th—just missing a bronze.  For information on Olympic and World Cup cross country skiing visit https://olympics.com/en/beijing-2022/ and https://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/

SNO-PARK PERMITS

           The Willamette Chapter will not sell Sno Park permits in the absence of our regular monthly meetings.  Sno Park permits may be purchased online at the Oregon DMV: https://dmv2u.oregon.gov/eServices/_/.  Annual permits purchased directly from DMV cost $25—no handling fee.  The process takes only a few minutes and includes a downloadable copy you can print and use immediately while waiting for your permit to arrive in the mail.  Buy a permit and support Sno Park plowing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
    The Newsletter now includes an Announcement Section. There members can post ski related items for sale, cross-country related questions, inquiries about conditions and suggestions for ski trips. Please send your announcements to Bob, Jim or Denise for inclusion in the Newsletter. Another good place for these items is on the website, ONCWillamette.org

    1.  Jeff Starr (503x581x8403) has a pair of Garmont Excursion 3-pin boots for sale.  They are Euro size 26.5, in good condition, for $40. 

2020-2021 OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS:     

            Available                                President

            Jeanne Miller                          Vice President

            Bob Young                              Treasurer & Membership

            Denise Sanders                        Webmeister

            Genice Rabe                            Newsletter Editor

            Jim Todd                                 Day Tour Chair

            David Forkner                         ONC State Board Rep & Board Member

            Pam Wojcik                             Overnight Trip Coordinator & Board Member  

            Mark Olson                            Volunteer Coordinator & Board Member      

            Christine Young                      Board Member

Available Board Member