When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Start: Anytime between 10AM and Noon.
What: This is an out (up) and back ski. Turn around at any time, or ski all the way to the Dee Wright Observatory for great views. We hope to set track to the observatory (snow levels permitting). Turn around no later than 2:00 P.M.! Please carry your own water, snacks, and extra clothing.
Where: The east side snow gate on McKenzie Highway, approx. 6 mi west of Sisters on HWY 242.
Parking: Parking at the start is limited so we encourage car pools. You may leave cars in Sisters at the Ponderosa Inn if you carpool to the start.
Who: All XC skiers are welcome.
Recommended donation: $10.00 per person. Jars available.
Potluck: 4:00 pm Ponderosa Inn Conference Room. ONC will provide Pizza. Bring something to share. BYOB dinner. The location for the potluck will be in the Ponderosa Conference Room. John Day Award: The 2020 winner will be announced after 5:30 pm at the Potluck.
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The Annual ONC State meeting is 9:00 am Sunday, March 22th at the Ponderosa Inn. Everyone is welcome to attend
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 22 just east of Idanha is opening to all traffic by 9:45 p.m. this evening. The road had been closed between Idanha and the OR 22/U.S. 20 junction since last Sunday morning when a double tanker carrying fuel crashed spilling most of its load. A 600 foot section of road needed to be excavated, removing contaminated materials and then rebuilt.
“IDANHA, Ore. (KTVZ) –A double-tanker truck hauling more than 10,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel overturned on state Highway 22 east of Idanha Sunday morning, spilling more than half of its load, some of which reached the North Santiam River, and closing a 28-mile stretch indefinitely, officials said.
Oregon State Police, ODOT and other emergency personnel responded around 7:40 a.m. Sunday to the crash near milepost 63, about eight miles east of Idanha and 70 miles east of Salem, OSP Captain Timothy Fox said.
The truck driver was transported with minor injuries, Fox added.
ODOT’s TripCheck showed the crash prompted closure of the highway between mileposts 53 and 81, to Santiam Junction.”
February 11, Tuesday: Snowshoeing again! Mark Olson joined volunteers from the Salamanders trail group to clear fallen trees from the Maxwell Loop to South Maxwell Shelter. With four volunteers and some wicked handsaws they cleared 30 small trees and placed a number of blue diamonds. The main trails at Maxwell SnoPark and now open for smooth skiing.
Photo by Beth Dayton
SKI TOUR REPORT
February 8, Saturday: Ray Benson/Little Nash Traverse; Five skiers (Bill, Christine, Fiona, Jim and Mark) turned out for this classic backcountry tour. It began with steady snowfall and strong wind, but conditions improved by mid-day and the few inches of fresh snow produced great skiing. We broke trail in untracked snow for three quarters of the tour and had a great time doing it.
Photo by Bill Nelson
March 1, Sunday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Contach Roz Shirack (503w399w8615).
March 15, Sunday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Contach Roz Shirack (503w399w8615).
Please see the ski school page for complete information
NOAA’s prognostication of copious amounts of snow and winter weather warning turned out to be exaggerated. It is piling up though and with possible worsening condition Jim Todd and I decided to chance it. ODOT had not plowed any of the snow parks and the berm they left in front was more than we wanted to tackle. Little Nash had a bunch of snow mobile trucks and trailers packing the lot for their rigs and that also didn’t seem like a good place for us. So that left Potato Hill. There were some snow shoers there but we were first out to set some track. Trail breaking was shin to knee deep as we climbed the hill and dropped down to the Hash Brown loop and road to Little Nash. We explored around under the large Douglas fir where the accumulation was a little less and then made our way back in our tracks, continued up a short ways in the snow shoe track before deciding we had sufficient work out. The downhill was typical Potato Hill, too fast in the track, too slow out of it. As we came down to Maxwell there had been enough vehicles pushing thru the berm that we stopped and did another hour ski there. Pretty nice ski. Overall there was probably a total of and inch of new snow all day. ODOT did finally clear a path into the parking lot and Big Springs looked to be cleared better yet. Still nothing pushed out at Big Meadow Road. As the storms taper off and the snow consolidates, we could be in for some great skiing. Get out there.
January 25 Ski School at Hoodoo’s Nordic Trails. This is a great opportunity for beginning, novice and intermediate skiers to learn and practice skiing skills. Watch the NEWS for details.
February 1, Saturday: Beginner/A Tour: return trip to Hoodoo’s Nordic tracks or an easy road ski—depending on group interest. Contact Jim Todd (503w378w7003).
February 1 or 2, Saturday or Sunday: B Tour, Santiam Pass area; location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest. Contact Bob Young (503w621w6626).
February 2, Sunday: A Tour, post Ski School tour; location depending on snow conditions and group interest. Contact Jeanne Miller (503w588w0473).
February 8, Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area. Contact Genice Rabe (506w371w6347).
February 8, Saturday: B Tour, Benson/Little Nash traverse—if snow permits. Contact Jim Todd (503w378w7003).
February 15, Saturday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Contact Mark Olson (503w559w0728).
February 16, Sunday: B Tour,
February 22, Saturday: A Tour, Three Creeks area. Contact John Hortsch (503w749w1988).
March 21, Saturday: A/B Tour, John Craig Ski Event at McKenzie Pass. Watch the NEWS for details.
Tour Ratings: A key to the Tour Rating type 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. Some 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 some 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. Possibe back-country travel and/or mountaineering.
The Club encourages car pooling for tours and suggests that riders reimburse the driver 10 cents per mile (total round trip miles).
The Willamette Chapter is sharing ski tours with the Chemeketans again this season. Here is their tour list for 2020. Contact Bruce Moffatt if you have questions or wish to join one of the Chemeketan ski tours.
Chemeketan XC Ski Schedule
Feb. 8th Cross the Crest. An XC ski tour beginning at Santiam SnoPark and crossing the Cascade Crest. Round trip 6-8 miles. Going towards the Booth Lake, Square Lake vicinity. Moderate difficulty. Contact the leader firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 22nd Hoodoo Ski Bowl to Potato Hill SnoPark. A moderate ski tour, being comfortable with some moderate downhill sections will make you feel more at ease.
About 4 miles with an alpine feel without the elevation gain. A short and often overlooked, classic ski tour. Contact the leader at email@example.com
Mar. 14th Ski Skills Improvement- Groomed tracks at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. Come on out and get some tips, ski more confidently and comfortably. Brush up on your skills work on your fitness and enjoy the snow. Contact the leader at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 4-6th Hut-to-Hut Tour, Dutchman’s Flat to Three Creeks SnoPark. Sign up now so we can reserve this weekend. Limited to 7 skiers. Ski the backcountry hut system without a heavy pack. Food, sleeping systems, shuttle are included in the price. Enjoy traveling light through spring snow of Central Oregon. Contact the leader at email@example.com
OVER NIGHT TRIPS
Canmore Ski Trip
This is a multiday trip to one of the most scenic areas of the Canadian Rockies. Skiing is at its best later in the winter when we are going since the major storms have past but it is still well below freezing to keep the snow dry for good skiing. All types of skiing ,back country trail, groomed nordic and downhill are just a short drive away from our base location in Canmore (about and hour drive west of Calgary if you fly rather than drive). The local groomed Nordic area, almost within walking distance from condo, offers plenty of challenging trails since it was built for Olympic ski competition. We will spend four nights in Canmore and then one night in northern Idaho for the drive up and another night for the drive back to Salem. Condo type units where we are staying have small but complete kitchens. Both grocery stores and restaurants are numerous in Canmore. For some of us this will be our third or fourth time to Canmore so we think it is well worth the trip for the skiing and the scenery. Leaving Salem on 3/29, returning to Salem on 4/4. Call for more details if you are interested Craig Wojcik 503xx931xx2705.
Note: condos reserved for this trip are full, but other accomodations are available if you swish to join this trip.
Central Oregon Ski Weekend
I am leading a weekend ski trip to a the LaPine Area in February.
We stay at no cost at a large home on the banks of the Deschutes River just west of LaPine. Many local skiing options including the Paulina Lake area as well as Meissner SnoPark (groomed trails) and Dutchman’s Flat near Mt. Bachelor Ski area as well as the groomed trails at Bachelor, to name a few. We can order pizza from a nearby parlor or cook group meals. We have a full service kitchen to prepare meals. We have room for a dozen skiers. The dates are Friday February 21–Sunday February 23.
Mark Olson at 503xx559xx0728 or mark at olson dot us.
Hut-to-Hut ski trip from Dutchman Flats to Three Creeks SnoPark, April 4-6. See Chemeketan XC Schedule above for details.
SKI TOUR REPORT
January 3, Friday: when Bianca, Bob, Beth, Kurt and I arrived at Ray Benson the snow surface was a glaze of ice. But our skis cut through and gave a little grip so we headed out the North Loop. The thin snow required careful maneuvering around rocks and over logs, but the glide was great. We picked up the Circle Lake trail and followed it to Island Junction shelter for lunch; then continued to Brandenburg shelter before finding an off-trail route back to the SnoPark. Just possibly the best ski tour ever on a 6″ snowpack!
Our Saturday tour at Ray Benson encountered a thin snowpack, but great skiing–just like Bob’s Christmas eve ski. Snow wasn’t much more than a foot deep, but there were 3-4″ of “almost” powder over a firm base. It was sunny in the morning with high clouds in the afternoon–beautiful conditions for skiing. Anna, Reid and I headed out the South Loop for a quarter mile and then left the trail to ramble through the open terrain created by the Big Hoodoo thinning project. With light snow and no trailbreaking it was an easy ski down to the Santiam Wagon Rd. and east to Brandenburg Shelter for lunch. In the afternoon we skied north on the Two Buttes Cutoff past Claypool Buttes and then wandered off trail back to Ray Benson. If we get even a few inches of fresh snow, there will be good skiing at the pass next weekend. Get out and enjoy!