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    • 25 Feb 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 1 Mar 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 0

    CONC OVERNIGHT TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT

    Absaroka Lodge, Gardiner, Montana

    From February 25 thru March 1, 2024

    Registration begins on October 16, 2023 at 7:00 am


    Winter in Yellowstone!

    Come join your fellow Nordies February 25 through March 1, 2024 to see Yellowstone by ski. The price for this trip includes 5 nights lodging, three dinners and plenty of snacks, a snowcoach ride to the famous Norris Geyser basin including lunch, and, guided ski tours. We are really lucky to have George Wuerthner, a Montana native and former Yellowstone guide, along to show us this magnificent area. The table at the bottom of this announcement shows your cost depending on whether or not you share a room. Note that there are limited rooms available for single occupancy.

    Weather and group interest will dictate the trails we do, with hiking and soaking in hot springs also an option. Daily 4-6 mile ski tours will be on rolling terrain in forests and meadows in and out of Yellowstone National Park. We will stay at the Absaroka (pronounced Abzorkuh by the locals) Lodge where the rooms we are renting have two queen beds each and views of Electric Peak. The trip leadership will bring three prepared dinners that we will simmer in crockpots during the day. You will be responsible for your own dinner the night we arrive, Sunday, February 25 and one other dinner TBD in Gardiner that we will enjoy as a group. Additionally, you will be responsible for your own breakfasts and lunches. All rooms have small refrigerators and microwave and two of the rooms have kitchen supplies that we will use to dine as a group in a separate area.  

      

    The trip will be limited to 10 intermediate level or higher skiers. You must be comfortable skiing off groomed trails with equipment and clothing that can handle the terrain and the potentially cold and windy weather. Backcountry skis (but not telemark gear) will be needed. You must be able to attend a pre-trip meeting to be scheduled approximately one month before the trip (Zoom meeting attendance possible).  

    Getting to Gardiner by car will take approximately 2 days so expect to spend a night on the way in Kellogg, Idaho or Missoula, Montana. You can also fly to Bozeman, Montana and take a rental car to Gardiner. You may wish to add some additional days to your trip for other activities, such as skiing at Harriman State Park or Big Sky.  For more information, contact Louise Brown (louise.brown.pdx@gmail.com).

    Registration will open on October 16 at precisely 7:00 am! (no earlier!) by emailing your request (use table below) directly to Louise Brown (Louise.brown.pdx@gmail.com).  Be sure to include your roommate's name if you want to signup for two people.  Once your spot is confirmed, a week later each participant will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit of $100 and you will need to complete the required CONC Overnight Trip Application.  Final invoice will be emailed to you about 30 days before the trip.

    Kitchen Double Occupancy

    $667.00 

    Standard Double Occupancy

    $599.50 

    Kitchen Single Occupancy

    $1,072.00

    Standard Single Occupancy

    $937.00


    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Register
    Snowshoe Trail Maintenance
    Tuesday February 27th
    8:30 to 2ish


    Trailwork last week was on the Todd Lake Loop. Dave Alward, Dennis Damici, Gary Evans, Kelly Eager, Mike Bodell and Bob TImmer cleared a complex, leaning snag just before the Todd Meadow. This was the fist outing by Mike this season and he reported that his new hip performed well...we are glad to have him back! The remainder of the  Todd Lake and Dutchman snowshoe trails are clear.


    This Tuesday, February 27th, we will head to Swampy Sno-Park and install new junction signs on the Summit ByPass section of the Porcupine Snowshoe Trail.  We will then continue on the Porcupine trail to the Swampy Shelter, checking for blowdown and signage, and then return to the sno-park.  The snowshoe will be a 3 1/2 mile loop.


     Plans                  

    • Tuesday February 27th (NOAA Forecast)
      • A 50 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 32.
    • Meet at Bend Parks and Recreation 799 Sw Columbia (by the kayak round-a-bout) at 8:30 AM 
      • Group up and drive to Swampy sno-park.
      • Snowshoes are a must.. You might want gaiters as there will be fresh snow on Monday and we might be breaking trail
      • Please bring regular PPE (hardhat, gloves, glasses, long sleeve shirt, etc) Let me know if you me to bring extra. 
      • Hand saws and pole saws. I will have one section of a ladder for sign installation.
      • Expect to return to town around 2PM

    Please either sign-up here or email me at bobtimmer@yahoo.com to  let me know if you are if you are interested in helping.


    Status of the Snowshoe Trails is updated on this spreadsheet.

    Questions, email me or give me a call at 903-477-2168

    Thanks for your support of the trails!!

    Bob TImmer

    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Edison Sno-Park
    • 0
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    Meeting place/time:  Meet at Edison SnoPark near the trailhead kiosk at 9:00am (NO pre-meeting).

    Distance/hours:  Ski 4-6 hours, depending on snow conditions and how much trail breaking will be required. 

    Brief Trail Description:  Ski up DC to AC/DC shelter and stop for lunch.  Return via AC, Supercharger, upper High Voltage, and some off-trail parallel to DC.  Half of this route is rarely skied by anybody, which makes it a pleasant adventure.

    This is about a 9 mile loop, hence the advanced intermediate rating.  The first 3 miles are mostly uphill, climbing 600' to the shelter.

    What to bring:  

    Ten Essentials.

    Water, lunch.

    Kicker skins (optional).

    Ski Equipment: Skis should be designed for backcountry use, and over 65mm wide.  Sturdy boots with BC or 3-pin bindings.

    Forecast calls for 3-5 inches of snow Sunday night, 4-8 inches Monday, and 1-3 inches Monday night; perfect for this route, but means we will be breaking trail.  High near 30 degrees on Tuesday, so the snow should stay light and fluffy.

    Number of skiers: 8



    Reservation Contact: Eric Ness


    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Grove
    • 1
    Register

    CONC Beginner Ski Tour

    Date: Tuesday February 27, 2024

    Destination: Meissner Sno-Park

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Category: Classic, Groomed Trails

    Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours on the trail, approximately 30 min drive time each way to destination from Bend.

    Route: An easy 3.5-4.0miles on groomed trails; Lodge Pole loops to Ponderosa, then connecting via Pine Drops to Mistletoe to Meissner Shelter. We’ll check to see how the dragon is doing. Then ski back via Manzanita and Tangent . Total time on trail will be about 2-2.5hours with a total elevation change of about 300 feet or so. Route subject to changed due to snow conditions and weather.

    What to Bring:

    Ski Equipment:

    Appropriate classic ski equipment for groomed tracks: 65 mm width skis or less to fit in the tracks.  Wider skis are OK, but they will not fit in the tracks so you will be skiing in the skating lane.‘

    Gear:

    - Clothing to match the forecasted conditions; Proper winter clothing (no cotton)!

    - Water, snack.

    - A smile

    Map:

    https://meissnernordic.org/trails/

    https://meissnernordic.org/wp-content/uploads/meissner-sno-park-trails.pdf

    Weather Forecast & Conditions:

    https://meissnernordic.org/weather/

    https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.52689933776855&lat=43.98429253952477

    Forecast at time of posting indicates snow will pass through Sunday into Monday. Tuesday (ski day) may be a mix of snow and sun. Wednesday another system of snow/rain moves through.

    Meeting time/place:

    9:00 AM - Meet at the Grove in Bend (NW Crossing) for a bit of socializing & coffee drinking, arrange carpooling, sign waivers

    9:30 AM - Leave promptly for destination

    10:00 AM – Anticipated arrival at Meissner Sno-Park

    Note: If you plan on driving directly to Meissner please inform the trip leader.

    Trip Limit: 8

    Waitlist: Yes

    Leader: Charlie Cornish, email: charliec@ccornish.com - Contact leader for additional information or questions.


    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Swampy Sno-Park
    • 0
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    Meeting place/time: Meet at Swampy Sno-Park at 10:00, ski at 10:15.


    Swampy off trail exploration…think inside the box.  And outside the blue diamonds. 

    Where: See the map.  We will explore the off-trail areas inside the pink box.  Probably stray outside of it and sometimes ski on trails. 

    Meeting place/time: 10:00am Near the kiosk at Swampy trailhead.

    Distance/hours:  Ski 2-3 hours, depending on what the group wants to do.  

    Brief Trail Description: This is an intermediate tour.  The terrain is mostly rolling; nothing very steep.  Ungroomed and off trail.  I don’t have a route planned as we will wander about the “box” as the group sees fit.  This is a good time to practice apps like Avenza with the free Swampy Trails Map.


    What to bring:  

    Ten Essentials.

    Proper winter clothing for insulation and protection from wind and rain. Dress in layers. No cotton!

    Water, snack/lunch.

    Ski Equipment: Skis should be designed for backcountry use, and be adequate for the type of trip and terrain likely to be encountered. In general, skis should have a no-wax pattern for grip and metal edges for control on ice or hard pack conditions. Minimum width at the waist of the ski should be greater than 52mm. Wider skis will provide better stability in more difficult conditions.

    Boots should be over the ankle for support and control, and compatible with the bindings on the skis.

    Poles should have large baskets so they don’t sink up the handle in soft snow. Adjustable poles give you flexibility based on conditions or terrain.

    Skis, boots and poles designed exclusively for skiing on machine groomed tracks are not recommended.

    Number of skiers: 6



    Reservation Contact: Dennis Krakow


    • 28 Feb 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Parks and Rec parking area off Columbia
    • 5
    Register

    Ski Trail maintenance: Flagline Access Trail 


    We now have enough snow pack on the Dutchman trail system to allow us to do some improvements to the assurance markers without having to carry a ladder. The plan will be to ski up the Flagline Access trail to Junction 88 and then return via Big Meadow. 

    The NOAA forecast for Wednesday at Dutchman:  snow and some wind, with a high around 33. There will likely be trail breaking.

      • Plan -  meet at the Parks and Rec parking lot near the Kayak roundabout off Columbia at 8:30 AM. If you plan to meet us at Dutchman Sno-Park, please let me know. 
        • Bring a hand saw if you have one. Bring a hard hat or let me know if you need one. 
          Bring a pack that has extra room to help carry tools and markers. Skis should be backcountry type. 
        • Expect to return to town between 3 and 4 PM

      Thanks for your support of the trails!!



      • 29 Feb 2024
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • The Grove
      • 2
      Register

      Leap Year Day Beginner Ski Tour

      It happens only every four years – Leap Year Day. What better way to celebrate the day than to go skiing? Who cares about the weather as long as there is snow to slide on, we havefriends to ski with and we are prepared and safe.

      Date: Thursday February 29, 2024

      Destination: Meissner Sno-Park

      Skill Level: Beginner

      Category: Classic, Groomed Trails

      Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours on the trail, approximately 30 min drive time each way to destination from Bend.

      Route: An easy 3.5-4.0miles on groomed trails. It could be snowing during our tour. Route will be be on easy trails, with exact itinerary subject to snow conditions, grooming and weather.

      What to Bring:

      Ski Equipment:

      Appropriate classic ski equipment for groomed tracks: 65 mm width skis or less to fit in the tracks. Wider skis are OK, but they will not fit in the tracks so you will be skiing in the skating lane. Possibility of fresh snow, so wider skis may be advantageous.

      Gear:

      - Clothing to match the forecasted conditions; Proper winter clothing (no cotton)!

      - Water, snack.

      - A smile

      Map:

      https://meissnernordic.org/trails/

      https://meissnernordic.org/wp-content/uploads/meissner-sno-park-trails.pdf

      Weather Forecast & Conditions:

      https://meissnernordic.org/weather/

      https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.52689933776855&lat=43.98429253952477

      Forecast at time of posting indicates another storm head our way on Thursday. This ski tour will be a celebratory Leap Years Day ski—it only happens once every four years. So be prepared for the elements.

      Meeting time/place:

      9:00 AM - Meet at the Grove in Bend (NW Crossing) for a bit of socializing & coffee drinking, arrange carpooling, sign waivers

      9:30 AM - Leave promptly for destination

      10:00 AM – Anticipated arrival at Meissner Sno-Park

      Note: If you plan on driving directly to Meissner please inform the trip leader.

      Trip Limit: 8

      Waitlist: Yes

      Leader: Charlie Cornish, email: charliec@ccornish.com - Contact leader for additional information or questions.


      • 8 Mar 2024
      • 9:30 AM
      • 10 Mar 2024
      • 4:00 PM
      • Prospect OR
      • 0

      CONC OVERNIGHT TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT

      Historic Prospect Hotel, Prospect OR

      March 8-10, 2024

      Registration begins on January 8, 2024, 7:00 am, and closes on February 20, 2024


      CONC Crater Lake Ski/Snowshoe Trip 2024

      The annual ski trip to Crater Lake will take place this year on Friday thru Sunday, March 8-10.  Lodging will be at Prospect Historic Hotel Bed and Breakfast Inn, Motel and Dinner House ;  the same as in the past, hosted by Fred Wickman. 

      All costs listed have been updated for 2024 prices.

      The cost per individual based on double occupancy for two nights’ lodging, all meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners), and gratuities will be $273 for a bed in the Motel wing, and $313 for a bed in the historic hotel.  There is an additional 25% charge for single supplements (Motel single = $338, and Hotel single = $388).  We have added $13 per person to the cost for the housekeeping gratuity.  Transportation to and from both Crater Lake and the Prospect Hotel will be on your own.  Family rooms are available in the motel and are billed at the double occupancy rate.

      Total price, including housekeeping gratuity:

      Motel Double Occupancy: $273/person
      Motel Single Occupancy: $338/person

      Historic Hotel Double Occupancy: $313/person
      Historic Hotel Single Occupancy: $388/person

      The current plan is to meet near the north entrance of Crater Lake on Friday (access in the park in the winter is only by the south or west entrance on highway 62), ski a half day, then drive to the hotel (about 1 hour from Crater Lake).  A dinner of spaghetti (vegetarian or meat) is served Friday evening, with Southern Oregon wine, beer and cocktails available at an extra charge.  Saturday morning, after a buffet breakfast, everyone heads back to Crater Lake to ski or snowshoe.  We will also try to set up a guided snowshoe with a park ranger which has been very popular in the past.  Brown-bag lunches will be provided. Saturday evening’s dinner will be your choice of prime rib, dill roasted salmon or vegetarian lasagna.  On Sunday morning a second buffet breakfast is served, and everyone departs for more skiing, exploring or a direct return to Bend,  Since the weather is unknown at this time, it is advised to also bring hiking boots.  There are trails near the hotel, including 3 waterfalls within a 12 minute walk from front door.

      To register, email Wendi Green (wendig1@msn.com)  7:00 am, Jan 8, or after with the following information:
      • Room preference: Motel or Hotel
      • Double occupancy or single occupancy (or family)
      • If Double occupancy, who is your roommate? (Note: your roommate must also be a CONC member)
      • Do you want to be matched with a roommate, if available?
      • Do you have any food allergies or restrictions the hotel needs to be aware of?
      • Please print, fill out, scan and return the Club Waiver form to me via email.
      • 16 Mar 2024
      • 9:00 AM
      • East Snow Gate of Highway 242 (McKenzie Pass Highway)

      John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Tour, Saturday, March 16, 2024

      A skiing tradition since the 1930’s

      The John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Tour is an annual event that commemorates John Templeton Craig, the pioneer mailman who died during a sudden winter snowstorm on McKenzie Pass in December, 1877, in an attempt to deliver mail to the Willamette Valley.  The Oregon Nordic Club conducts this annual event.

      For 2024, the John Craig Memorial Ski Event will consist of self-timed ski races of about 6 or 12 miles and casual ski tours of the same lengths.  The event will take place on Saturday, March 16, leaving from the East Snow Gate of Highway 242 (McKenzie Pass Highway), about 9 miles west of Sisters, Oregon. The ski trail is scheduled to be groomed for both skate and classic to make this historic ski event possible.  An alternative route is planned in case of unsafe conditions.

      Ski racers and tour participants can complete either the course of about 12 miles to the Dee Wright Memorial at the top of McKenzie Pass, a shorter course of about 6-8 miles to Windy Point, or turn around when you wish.  The races and tours can start any time after 9 AM but must begin by 11 AM, to make sure you complete the event by 3 PM.

      Registration available at:  onc.org

      Early registration cost, before March 12 is as follows:

      Adult racer or ski tourer         $ 20

      Youth (under 18)                          5

      No need to be a member of the Oregon Nordic Club to participate.   

      Volunteers are also needed for this event.  Every year, CONC provides a volunteer crew to help make this event a success.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Eric Ness. Volunteers are needed before the event, so they also have the opportunity to ski if desired.

      Pizza Party:  Beginning at 3:30 PM, there will be a free post event pizza party in Sisters, sponsored by NextAdventure.  Details will be provided to registered participants.

      Lodging:  Discounted Lodging is available at Left Coast Lodgein Sisters.

       For more information, please contact Ted Scheinman, John Craig Event Coordinator, at johncraigmemorial@onc.org or by phone at 503-914-9584 or go to the Oregon Nordic Club Website at www.onc.org.

    Past events

    23 Feb 2024 Show & Go Snowshoe: Swampy Porcupine Loop with Swampy Shelter
    22 Feb 2024 Ski School: Telemark Clinic
    21 Feb 2024 Bare Lake (above Todd Lake)
    20 Feb 2024 Beginner Ski Tour
    16 Feb 2024 Show & Go Snowshoe: Swampy Long Loop with Nordeen Shelter
    14 Feb 2024 Ski Trail Maintenance - Vista Butte
    13 Feb 2024 Wanoga Knockabout Ski (Intermediate )
    13 Feb 2024 Snowshoe - Trail Maintenance - Todd Lake
    12 Feb 2024 McCall Idaho
    10 Feb 2024 Show & Go Snowshoe: Jefferson View Shelter
    8 Feb 2024 Beginner Tour at Meissner
    7 Feb 2024 Ski School: Beginner-Backcountry
    6 Feb 2024 Meet and Greet Social
    6 Feb 2024 Snowshoe Trail Maintenance - Edison Again
    2 Feb 2024 Show & Go Snowshoe: Tesla Trail Out to AC/DC Hut & Back
    2 Feb 2024 Paulina Loop Intermediate Ski
    30 Jan 2024 Snowshoe Trail Maintenance - Edison
    28 Jan 2024 Ski School: Beginner-Beginner
    27 Jan 2024 Snowshoe Seminar Outing
    25 Jan 2024 CONC Ski Tour: Swampy Beginner Loop
    24 Jan 2024 Ski School: X-C Downhill
    23 Jan 2024 Show & Go Snowshoe: Porcupine Loop/Swampy Hut
    23 Jan 2024 Snowshoe - Trail Maintenance - Dutchman-Todd Lake
    21 Jan 2024 Inn at Mazama 2024
    21 Jan 2024 Ski School: Beginner-Beginner
    21 Jan 2024 CONC Ski Tour: Ski to Big Meadow
    17 Jan 2024 Ski Trail Maintenance - Todd Lake Trail
    17 Jan 2024 Cancelled: Show & Go Snowshoe: Porcupine Loop/Swampy Hut
    16 Jan 2024 Winter 10 Essentials Show and Tell
    16 Jan 2024 Snowshoe - Trail Maintenance - Swampy
    14 Jan 2024 CANCELLED: Ski School: Beginner-Beginner
    10 Jan 2024 CANCELLED: Ski School: Beginner-Backcountry
    8 Jan 2024 Know Before You Go (Avalanche Awareness) Presentation
    7 Jan 2024 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Whychus Canyon Preserve
    3 Jan 2024 Exploring Snowshoe Trails in Central Oregon
    3 Jan 2024 Pumice Desert Ski Tour (Crater Lake NP)
    2 Jan 2024 Ski School: Skate Ski Lesson...New Date
    1 Jan 2024 CANCELLED: New Year's Day Show and Go
    1 Jan 2024 New Year's Day Show & Go Hike
    26 Dec 2023 Ski School: Skate Ski Lesson
    15 Dec 2023 December Social: CONC Volunteer Appreciation & Club Elections
    12 Dec 2023 Ski School: Skate Ski Lesson
    9 Dec 2023 CONC Ski Tour: Ski to Big Meadow
    9 Dec 2023 CONC Ski Tour: Dutchman Loop
    8 Dec 2023 Ski School: Skate Ski Lesson
    3 Dec 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Horse Ridge
    29 Nov 2023 Ski Trail Maintenance - Beginner’s Loop
    28 Nov 2023 Snowshoe - Pre-season Trail Maintenance
    26 Nov 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Upper Three Creeks Sno Park to the Jeff View Shelter
    19 Nov 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Fryrear Canyon
    16 Nov 2023 Ski/Snowshoe Season Kickoff Social
    14 Nov 2023 Snowshoe - Pre-season Trail Maintenance
    12 Nov 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Nordeen Loop
    12 Nov 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: DRT Dillon Falls to Benham Falls
    7 Nov 2023 Updated - Snowshoe - Pre-season Trail Maintenance
    5 Nov 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Metolius Preserve
    1 Nov 2023 A Continuation of Pre-season Trail Maintenance
    31 Oct 2023 Snowshoe - Pre-season Trail Maintenance
    29 Oct 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike
    24 Oct 2023 Snowshoe - Pre-season Trail Maintenance
    22 Oct 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike: Crosscut Trail & More at Swampy
    18 Oct 2023 Ski Trail Survey work - Dutchman Trails
    17 Oct 2023 Snowshoe Work - Ready for markers - New Edison AC-DC Shelter Trail
    15 Oct 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike
    14 Oct 2023 Snowshoe Work - New Edison AC-DC Shelter Trail
    10 Oct 2023 Cancelled: Kipuka Hike (Deschutes River Woods to Benham Falls)
    8 Oct 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike
    4 Oct 2023 Trail Maintenance: brushing Paulina View Trail
    1 Oct 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike
    28 Sep 2023 Paulina Creek Loop
    24 Sep 2023 CXLD: Sunday Show & Go Hike
    24 Sep 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike
    17 Sep 2023 Sunday Show & Go Hike
    24 Aug 2023 Berley Lake Hike

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    The Central Oregon Nordic Club, PO Box 744, Bend, OR 97709, is chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
    Email: conordicclub@gmail.com

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