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

oncwillamette.org

We also have a Facebook Page. Login to Facebook, then search for the page “Willamette Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club”. Members can easily share private group messages from there, create public posts and share information. The page itself is not private, but you can share private messages. It may be an under utilized asset. If there is interest, I can easily make and manage an additional private group page, that can share private events. I know many do not care for Facebook, but it is a simple and free way to communicate with others. – Denise Sanders

NEWSLETTER

December 2022

What a difference a year makes!  Last winter December 1st offered bare rock up to 7000’ in the Cascades.  This season we will have feet of snow at the Pass and a possibility of light snow below 1000’.  Are your skis waxed?  Have you purchased your SnoPark permit?  The season is beginning!

GET READY TO SKI! by Bob Young

Back in the day, we used to run a ski conditioning presentation at the beginning of ski season, and I’ve called upon our long-time ski instructor and fitness advocate Jim Warner to retrieve some important pre and post ski stretches for us.  We have attached those sheets for your use along with this message from Jim:

A note about stretching.

Back in the day, we were encouraged to bounce on the stretch, and if it didn’t pull and hurt it wasn’t helping. Now science knows that there are many ways to stretch but bouncing and hurting is just not a good idea. Gentle stretching before an activity can help warm up your muscles and joints, get the blood flowing into the area, and help make certain you are limbered up — potentially decreasing injury and increasing the fun of the outing and can get the kinks out from sitting in the car for too long.

After-stretching is a good cool-down activity that can help limit post-drive stiffness.  I usually recommend both a before-you-load-up and an after-the-drive session as well.

For a complete understanding of stretching and many more routines and instructions get a copy of STRETCHING by Bob Anderson. It is available at your favorite online bookstore, usually new and used.

The Stretching book also includes a longer list of conditioning stretches, and I can tell you for certain that it makes a big difference.  If you practice yoga you may recognize many of the poses.  Even when I was in fairly good condition from general work, play, and Nordic track workouts, the first ski left me with inner thigh and groin so sore that I could hardly walk the next day.  The muscles you use to control the direction of the skis just don’t normally get taxed in other activities.  Since I started yoga I have never had that problem again.  It really does work!  Get prepared, get out there, and have fun!

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:

Please renew your membership for the 2022-2023 season.  For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, Ski School and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone.  You can renew by downloading a renewal form at oncwillamette.org/membership.  Join us for a great season on the snow.

SOMETHING NEW to do on skis:

Willamette Chapter member Dayna Svendsen is the first ski volunteer with the Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club’s new Search and Rescue (SAR) group.  Dayna attended the group’s basic training in November and will participate in their on-snow training with Linn Co. Sheriff’s Office at Ray Benson this Saturday, Dec. 3.  Bob and Jim will also attend, since we are helping SAR members learn how to access Nordic trails in an emergency without riding the trails as a training exercise.  We will be at the groomer shed in Ray Benson parking lot from 0900 on.  If you are at the Pass, stop by, say ‘hello’ and learn about safety and the emergency response program at Santiam Pass.

WEEKEND DAY TOURS

The threat of COVID-19 has decreased as more people have become vaccinated.  But the disease is still with us and 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.  Please respect the choices of those who take extra precautions against COVID-19.

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.

December 3, Saturday:  no organized tours scheduled, but there will be plenty of snow.  Consult your membership list and find some skiers to get out and enjoy with you.  Bob, Dayna and Jim will be at Ray Benson; see “Something New’ above.

December 10, Saturday:  Beginner/A Tour, an easy road ski or a trip to Hoodoo’s Nordic Tracks.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

December 10 or 11, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

December 17, Saturday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area, location depending on snow conditions.  Contact Jeanne Miller (503x588x0473).

December 28 or 29, Wednesday or Thursday:  a holiday tour, location and duration depending on weather and group interest.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

December 31 or January1, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, date and location depending on weather conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503x621x6626‬).

January 7, Saturday:  B Tour, Ray Benson to Little Nash Traverse.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003).

January 7or 8, Saturday or Sunday:  A Tour, location depending on snow conditions.  Contact Bill Nelson (503x576x1278).

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@comcast.net

Frank Hoffman 541x475x0185 hh_tex@msn.com

Bianca Klar 503x949x9089 bianchiklar@yahoo.com

Bill Nelson 503x576x1278 bnelson@pacificomm.net

Mark Olson 503x559x0728 mark@olson.us

Foxie Proctor 503x581x0207 foxieproctor@comcast.net

Denise Sanders 503x859x4597 santiamsanders@gmail.com

Jeff Starr 503x851x8403 jeffstarr3@gmail.com

Jim Todd 503x378x7003 toddwac18@gmail.com

Craig Wojcik 503x931x2705‬ ccwojcik09@comcast.net

Pam Wojcik 503x362x3439 pjwojcik09@comcast.net

Bob Young 503x621x6626 arch.byoung@gmail.com

TOUR REPORT 

November 10, Thursday:  South Loop at Santiam Pass By Bob Young

A classic start to the ski season!  The sun was bright and there was no wind for a perfect cold temperature first ski.  I stepped into my bindings, looked down the slope, and my left ski decided it was time to go.  A moment of balance and the right ski decided to go as well.  It was slick and I was on my butt up to my elbows in soft cold snow.  Auspicious beginning but after dusting off and getting my ski legs working and Bianca to stop laughing at me, we had a great ski out Ray Benson south loop.  There were some tracks already set that made it pretty easy. . . . except that the tracks diverted around every little bump without regard to what a return trip good track could be.  Keep in mind if you plan to return on the same trail just what your trip back can be, or even just for those who will follow who can enjoy a nice stride and glide without unnecessary detours.  From the south loop junction we headed east but the track diversions became more excessive and the trail was under trees that were beginning to shed their snow so we turned back after about 1/2 mile of that and stuck to more open areas.  Tracks were 6″ to 8″ deep and stayed nice and slick except for a few spots in the sun that wanted to get sticky.  We kept it short, 5 miles, which was just right for that first ski.  Time to get out and enjoy it, people.

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).

VOLUNTEER REPORT:

November 9, Wednesday:  Wood-stocking at North Blowout Shelter by Jim Todd

On the first real snow of the season David, Frank and I joined Jessica Larson of Deschutes NF at Santiam Pass for a ski to North Blowout Shelter and a bit of wood stacking.  We met at the 801 Rd., just off Hwy 20, and found nearly 18” of new snow.  Skiing east past ODOT’s gravel piles we found the PCT, turned south to the junction with the North Loop and followed North Loop to the North Blowout Shelter.  Along the way we cut a few small trees that had bent across the trail.  At North Blowout we shifted the benches away from the walls, restacked firewood behind the benches and shifted wood that was outside in the vestibule into the shelter and out of the snow.  The shelter is about a third full of firewood now.  After pausing to enjoy the views and a snack we skied our tracks back to the cars.  Snow was loose and unconsolitdated which made for steady trailbreaking and rather ragged skiing, but it was great to be out on snow again.

photo by Frank Hoffman

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RENTALS

There is a limited supply of rental equipment for XC skiing in the Willamette Valley. Current sources and prices are listed below.  Please send us an email, if you know of other local sources for rental gear.  We will include it in a future Newsletter.

Salem Summit Co.240 Commercial St. NESalem, OR  97301503-990-7304https://salemsummitco.com/$20/ 1st night; $10/ 2nd nightSalomon Snowscape 7 no-wax touring skis
Hoodoo Ski Bowl541-822-3799https://skihoodoo.com/rates/rentals/$25/dayRossignol no-wax touring skis
Peak Sports207 NW 2nd StCorvallis, OR  97330541-754-6444https://www.peaksportscorvallis.com/products/snowsports-rentals-pg252.htm$25/48 hr


$30/48 hr
Rossignol no-wax touring skis
Rossignol metal-edged backcountry skis
Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop367 W 13th AveEugene, OR  97401541-683-1300https://www.bergsskishop.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA7qP9BRCLARIsABDaZzhpIPR5kCINoWrmOLAwXP_hbuZlmART_5XUvDSUPJbWu_LK6fTylzAaAt2sEALw_wcB$15/day, $10 2nd day
$25/day, $15 2nd day
$40/day, $30 2nd day
No-wax touring skisSkate ski packageAT Package: skis, boots, poles & skins
Mountain Shop1510 NE 37th AvenuePortland, OR  97232503-288-6768https://www.mountainshop.net/rentals/nordic.html$30/ two nights
$20/ two nights
$35 / two nights  
No-wax touring skisKid’s touring skisMetal-edged backcountry skis 

SKI SCHOOL

We are still in the planning stage, but hope to resume our annual Ski School in late January or early February.  Watch the club’s website ONCWillamette.org and the January Newsletter for details.

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.  Bob and Jim have their skis waxed and standing by the door.  If you are ready to go, too; then when the first real snow happens, phone Bob (503x 621×6626) for a B Tour or Jim (503x378x7003) for a Beginner/A Tour. 

2.  Nordic Trail Maps:  The Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club (MJSC) prints and distributes copies of the Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Map.  This map includes all ski and snowmobile trails in our area and is a great resource for planning tours.  Through our cooperative volunteer work with MJSC the Willamette Chapter has acquired a supply of these maps.  Contact Jim Todd (503x378x7003) to obtain your free copy of the Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Map. 

2022-2023 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!

By Bob Young

A classic start to the ski season!  The sun was bright and there was no wind for a perfect cold temperature first ski.  I stepped into my bindings, looked down the slope, and my left ski decided it was time to go.  A moment of balance and the right ski decided to go as well.  It was slick and I was on my butt up to my elbows in soft cold snow.  Auspicious beginning but after dusting off and getting my ski legs working and Bianca to stop laughing at me, we had a great ski out Ray Benson south loop.  There were some tracks already set that made it pretty easy. . . . except that the tracks diverted around every little bump without regard to what a return trip good track could be.  Keep in mind if you plan to return on the same trail just what your trip back can be, or even just for those who will follow who can enjoy a nice stride and glide without unnecessary detours.  From the south loop junction we headed east but the track diversions became more excessive and the trail was under trees that were beginning to shed their snow so we turned back after about 1/2 mile of that and stuck to more open areas.  Tracks were 6″ to 8″ deep and stayed nice and slick except for a few spots in the sun that wanted to get sticky.  We kept it short, 5 miles, which was just right for that first ski.  Time to get out and enjoy it, people.– 

WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB

WILLAMETTE CHAPTER – OREGON NORDIC CLUB

NEWS:  October 2022

Our club is still avoiding indoor activities due to COVID-19, so we will have another season without regular monthly meetings.  But there is plenty of pre-snow action on the volunteer front.

VOLUNTEER REPORTS:

September 3 & 17:  Bob, Jeanne, Jeff, John, Jim and Roger did trail maintenance on the North Loop and South Loop trails at Ray Benson.  We cut a half dozen small logs, placed 55 new blue diamonds, erected 8 fallen marking poles, limbed trees to clear view of the diamonds, and removed more than 4000 conifer saplings from the trails (wheee!).  This season we can ski these trails without climbing over logs or getting lost.

October 1 & 2:  Aaron, Jeff and Bill helped sawyer Brad Engelbert from Cascade Volunteers log Ray Benson trails.  They removed a huge blowdown from Circle Lake trail and cleared the Two Buttes Cutoff.  Thanks so much for helping us out, Brad.

photo by Jeff Starr

Photo by Jim Todd
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photo by Jeff Starr

3-6, Monday to Thursday:  New Signs at Maxwell SnoPark!  The Willamette Chapter and Cascade Volunteers helped Detroit RD staff place new signs at trail junctions on the Maxwell system.  

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October 8, Saturday, 0900:  Aaron, Bob, Frank, Jeff and Jim joined Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club volunteers and Deschutes NF staff for the annual Santiam Pass wood-stocking extravaganza.  We split, hauled and stacked firewood at Brandenburg and Island Junction shelters.  The Roger Schmidt shelter at Ray Benson SnoPark was also filled and we squeezed in enough extra wood to stock North Blowout when fall rains pack the sand so a truck can make it up the blowout to the shelter.  Stay tuned for this last chance to be a wood-stocking volunteer.

October 11, Tuesday:  Bill helped Detroit RD staff complete their winter trail sign project by placing new signposts at junctions on the Big Springs SnoPark system.  The new signs at Big Springs and Maxwell have maps with QR codes so travelers can download the updated map to their phones.  

photo by Bill Nelson

15, Saturday:   Bill, Bob, Dave, Jeanne, Mark and Jim helped Detroit RD staff stock firewood at Mtn. View and South Maxwell shelters.  We met at Duffy Lake trailhead where a 40″ log was waiting for us.  In a long day we split and hauled three and a half truckloads of wood. One load was stacked inside South Maxwell, two loads dumped by the woodshed at Mtn. View and a half load hauled to the Detroit station for later use.  The job isn’t finished, but we made great progress.  Special thanks to Dave for bringing his hydraulic splitter and to Jeanne for the delicious apple bars.

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Photo by Bill Nelson

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

October 22, Saturday:  come help us finish the wood-stocking at Mtn. View Shelter.  We need to split at least one more truckload of wood, haul it from Duffy trailhead to the shelter and stack all three truckloads in the woodshed.  With enough volunteers we will have this job finished for the season.  

Please join us if you can.  Phone Jim Todd (503x378x7003) if you have questions or wish to sign up.

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)