Christmas Eve ski report

By Bob Young

Well folks, there may not be much base up there but the skiing conditions were awesome on this Christmas Eve day.  Bianca and I went up to Hoodoo, which obviously has not opened yet, with hopes of getting in some classic miles along with a little climbing an a few tele turns.  What we found was 2” to 3” of light powder on top of the scant base.  There were still some twigs and brush poking through on the slopes but the road up to Hoodoo’s upper Nordic trail had been packed before the new snow.  The upper trails had already been tracked by other skiers so the classic part of out outing was really nice.  We also came across some patches of beautiful hoar frost with inch long crystals and longer.  We’ll try to get a little video clip of them fluttering in the breeze posted.  The final goal of some tele turns was also fulfilled as we climbed the back run on the Hodag and for the final run we came down Headwall.  The snow was so forgiving that I’ve never skied that run better.

So, there’s supposed to be a bit of new snow later this week.  Conditions are well worth the trip up the mountain and if you are willing to do a little climb the upper Hoodoo Nordic trails will reward your effort.

December 2019 Newsletter

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

PROGRAM: The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear

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

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:

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

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

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

January 16: Jim Todd will present a guided tour of the varied and beautiful cross country skiing in the Central Cascades. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer–come see what the Central Cascades have to offer! You can sign up for this program at REI’s Events webpage: https://www.rei.com/events/94826/cross-country-skiingsnowshoe-destinations-central-cascades/266754

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

SNO-PARK PERMITS

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

11/05/2019:  stocking wood at Mtn. View Shelter (photo by Bill Nelson)

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! Please call Mark Olson 503xx559xx0728 or Jim Todd 503xx378xx7003) for more information or to sign up for one of our projects.

VOLUNTEER REPORTS

November 5, Tuesday: Mark Olson and Bill Nelson hauled a last pickup load of firewood to Mtn. View Shelter near Maxwell SnoPark. The woodshed should be full enough to last the entire winter.

November 7, Thursday: the Salamanders trail group and Willamette Chapter volunteers logged the ski trails at Little Nash SnoPark. Recently fallen 30” trees were removed. These trails should be free of obstacles this season.

Nov. 23, Saturday: Jeff and Jim placed about 20 blue diamonds on the Little Nash Ski Trail and the Potato Nash trail. It will be easier to navigate the trails now.

WEEKEND DAY TOURS

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 (5033787003). 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, one the leaders below or a skier on the weekday list. Connect with your fellow Club members and get out when it snows.

December 7 Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area, location depending on snow conditions. Mark Olson 503v559v0728.

December 7, Saturday: B Tour, Potato Hill or Sand Mountain. Jim Todd 503v378v7003.

December 14, Saturday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Ron Allowitz 503v951v3110.

December 14 or 15, Saturday or Sunday: B Tour, location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest. Bob Young 503v621v6626.

December 21, Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area. Pam & Craig Wojcik 503v931v2705.

December 21, Saturday: B Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Jeff Starr 503v851v8403.

December 28, Saturday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions and group interest. Roz Shirack 503v399v8615.

December 28, Saturday: B Tour, Ray Benson to Little Nash Traverse. Jim Todd 503v378v7003

January 4, Saturday: A Tour, Teacup Lake groomed tracks on Mt. Hood. Mark Olson 503V559V0728

January 4 or 5, Saturday or Sunday: B Tour, location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest. Bob Young 503v621v6626

January 11, Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area. Pam & Craig Wojcik 503v931v2705

January 25, Saturday: 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.

March 21, Saturday: A/B Tour, John Craig Ski Event at McKenzie Pass. Watch the NEWS for details.

SKI TOUR REPORTS

November 29, Saturday: first real snow of the season and first ski. Santiam Pass had 12-18” of new snow and it was as close to powder as it gets in the Cascades. With temperatures around 20°F it was perfect; I skied all day on one coat of blue wax. Bianca, Bob and I had a great road tour from Ray Benson to the base of Sand Mountain and back. Let’s hope it keeps snowing.

VIDEO CORNER

Here’s a brief clip of ski trails and mountain scenery in Canmore, Alberta. It should whet your appetite for Pam & Craig’s trip to Canmore next spring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwHXwYsYWec

FIS Cross Country World Cup racing has begun. After the first weekend in Ruka Finland, American Sadie Maubet Bjornsen leads the overall standings with her third and fourth place finishes. It’s early days, but this is the first time an American woman has been the overall World Cup leader. Here’s a clip of Sadie’s photo finish for third place in the ladies sprint final:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgnjesiQRcE

11/05/2019:  stocking wood at Mtn. View Shelter (photo by Bill Nelson)

11/07/2019:  logging trials at Little Nash SnoPark

11/29/2019:  Sand Mountain, first ski!

Current Newsletter

December 2019. (Part I)

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

PROGRAM: The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear;

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

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:

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

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

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

January 16: Jim Todd will present a guided tour of the varied and beautiful cross country skiing in the Central Cascades. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer– come see what the Central Cascades have to offer! You can sign up for this program at REI’s Events webpage: https://www.rei.com/events/94826/cross-country-skiingsnowshoe-destinations- central-cascades/266754

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

SNO-PARK PERMITS

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

February 21 – February 23 LaPine Ski trip

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

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

Mark W. Olson
8750 Oak Grove Rd.
Rickreall, Or 97371
503xx559xx0728
MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS mark at olson dot us

December Program: (Dec. 9)

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

Special Recreation Permit Fee Structure

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

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Volunteer Tuesday Nov. 5 at Mt. View Shelter

Mark Olson is leading a trip to Mt. View Shelter on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to finish stocking firewood.  Contact Mark mark.olson06 at gmail dot com for details or to sign up.

Volunteer at Little Nash Sno-park Thursday Nov. 7

Here’s one more sno-park trip for Salamanders, Scorpions and Oregon Nordic Club on Thursday November 7:  Little Nash sno-park trails, one mile west of Santiam Junction on Hwy 20.  Carpools from Salem leave at 0700 from Home Depot; those coming from Eugene will also need to leave at 0700 from their usual spot in Springfield.  Bring usual PPE, warm layers, food , water, etc.  We will be doing power saw log out and brushing.  If anyone from the Nordic Club can come and install missing blue diamonds that would be great.
Sign up for November 7 here:  here:  https://volunteersignup.org/JJ8Y9
 
Cheers,
Beth

Overnight Ski Trip in the Canadian Rockies

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.  At this point one condo is full with four people and another condo can be reserved if we get three or four more participants.  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.