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Mt. High Events

 Last updated: December 8, 2016
Latest news in the left column,
Click on underlined events in the Calendar on the right or
scroll down for details of upcoming events.

Weather forecast for Government Camp on the right.
See bottom of this page for ski area reports.

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NEWS

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December Lift Lines  - Mt. High Newsletter

 

NWSCC Newsletter - NW Ski Club Council's newsletter.

 

FWSA News Flash - September issue. Far West Ski Association Newsletter. Trips, Racing, Ski news, and more.

 

Let's ski together!   Join for an informal fun day on the slopes! Our weekend skiers will go to Timberline this Saturday, Dec. 10.  Our mid-week skiers usually go to Meadows on Thursdays or whenever there is some fresh powder. How to connect with us?

1. Read the weekend and mid-week entries on our TRIPS page.

2. Click on our two FORUM buttons in the menu and see who is going skiing and when. Participate in the discussions!

 

NOTE TO NEWCOMERS

Our club provides numerous activities in the following categories.   

a)  Day trips to Mt. Hood ski areas – currently on TRIPS page,

b)  Ski trips to other ski areas in the West  -- see TRIPS page.

c)  Recreational racing – RACING pages.

d)  Social events, parties, etc. – on the HOME page.

e)  Summer activities (Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Picnic, etc.) – usually on our HOME page.

To fully understand what our club does, please see a whole year of past photos on the PHOTOS page.

 

 

LAST CALL for Mt. High Cookbook

 

Debbi Kor is putting together a Club Cookbook for next year. If you're interested, send her your favorite recipes. She'll gather them, put them together, and see what we come up with.

Contact Debbi at: ijustwannarun1@comcast.net

 

 

Kickoff Party photos

Photos from our recent Kickoff party are now posted on our PHOTOS page.

 

Man and Woman of the Year.

Our 2016 man and woman of the year are: Steve Royce and Karen Michels. Congratulations!  See our Awards page for a list of past men and women of the year and other awards. Please send us your nominations for Man & Woman of the Year for 2017.

        

Steve Royce              Karen Michels

 

UPCOMING 2017 TRIPS

We have updated out TRIPS page, which now lists all the upcoming trips for the upcoming 2016/2017 winter season.

 

New Photos  See the latest photos from the Kickoff party, Mt. Hood History bike ride, the Idaho bike trip, as well as all the photos taken during this past year.  See what the club has been doing.

 

The GOOD OLD TIMES will soon be  moved

Photos from our whole past year will soon be moved from the Photos page to a new Photos 2016 page. Our Photos page will be cleared to make room for new photos for this coming season, starting with the SkiFever Show and the Kickoff Party.. Just keep scrolling down the photos page to see all our past events. 

 

Skiing North America - An article about our club member John Andrew skiing all of North America has appeared in the Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2016.  See here.

 

Let's go skiing!

Meet at McDonald's in Sandy 7:30 - 7:45 am.  We can carpool, or just drive up together. Some of us are going to Timberline or Skibowl. Others are going to Meadows. We can all meet at McDonald's. See details about our day trips on the TRIPS page. Hey, a day trip is a trip too!  If you have a 2-way radio, tune it to channel 6-19.

 

Bulletin Board

There are new items on our Bulletin Board. Check it out!

 

Season Passes compared.  Compare the cost and benefits of various lift ticket passes. This was first published on page 8 of the September issue of Lift Lines (#177). It is now on our Articles page.

 

 

Mt. High Entry into FWSA Outstanding Club contest

Kurt Krueger has completed a 10-page fully illustrated document that is our club's entry in the FWSA Outstanding Club contest. Winning clubs will be announced at the Far West Convention in San Diego, CA, in June 2015. Click on the headline or go to our Forms & Documents web page.

 

 

Powder Alliance.  13 resorts for the price of one!

Buy a Fusion Pass, which gives you unlimited all season access to both Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl, and you will also receive 30 free days at 11 other resorts in the West (3 tickets at each). See more at: www.powderalliance.com  an on the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/powderalliance

Also, click here for a Map of Powder Alliance resorts.

 

 

50% discount at adidas 

Go to our Bulletin Board and print the special coupon for the adidas employee store, fill it out and get a 50% discount. Thanks to our member Elsebeth Frank for offerng this.

NOTE: This offer is not ongoing.  It comes and goes periodically.  When it becomes available again,  Mountain High club members who have opted to receive ALL emails will be informed by email.

 

Super Senior Specials

If you are 75 or older, you are a "super-senior, and you qualify for the following benefits. Here are just a few examples. There are more:

a)  Buy a SEASON PASS to Snowbasin, Utah for $39.

     (This pass does not come with Powder Alliance benefits.)

b)  Buy a season pass to Powder Mountain, UT, for only $20.

c)  Get a free season pass at Bogus Basin, ID.

d)  Ski free at Red Mountain, B.C.

Note that the November-December 2014 issue of Skiing History magazine includes a long list of all the places where you can ski for free. The age limit varies from 60 to 80, depending on the ski area. When you read this article online, click on Ctrl-+ key combination a few times to enlarge the page, to make it more readable.

 

New Video about our club 

See the new video about what our club has been up to lately. Included is a funny snow report about the upcoming Whitefish Mt. trip.

 

Express Rental & Service shop in Rhododendron

John Hanson (formerly of the Ski Chalet) is helping Skibowl with a new project in Rhododendron: an Express Rental & Service outlet with retail as well. He says:
"One of our target customers is the high school/ club racer looking to maintain a competitive advantage. Racers can drop their skis off after training nights and pick them up ready to go on race day. We are currently set up to do edge tunes and hot waxes."

Hours are:  Mon-Tue: 8-5,  Wed-Fri: 8-9pm,

                 Sat:  7-6pm   and   Sun: 8-6pm.

Next season, they plan to stock race accessories as well.
Stop by anytime. The location is  on the right hand side of Hwy 26 in Rhododendron across from the Village Market.

Phone 844-200-RENT (7368).

 

Mt. Hood Meadows tickets are available at a discounted price of just $64.  See our Bulletin Board for details.

 

Learn to Ski - Or Help Someone 

Our club now has a new page devoted just to beginner skiers, and we need volunteers who are willing to help newcomers to the sport. This is a win-win for everybody. By brining in new people to the slopes, the ski areas get more customers, our club gets more members, and the newcomers get their wings (their skis or boards)!

 

 Mt. Hood Express bus service

We have always encouraged carpooling from Sandy, and that is still an option. But, now you can take the new Mt. Hood Express bus instead. For only $2 (or just $1.50 if you prepay for 20 tickets), you can ride the bus from Sandy to Skibowl, Government Camp, or Timberline. Catch the bus right on Hwy. 26, at a park and ride bus stop half way between Champion Way and 362nd (which is the Fred Meyer traffic light in Sandy). Turn into Champion Way to park at the Information Center.  The most convenient bus starts at 7:45 am and arrives at Skibowl at 8:32 and at Timberline at 9 am. Click here for the complete schedule.

 

 

Membership renewal.  Please renew your club membership in the Fall (October, November). This is also the best time to sign up for a ski trip with the club. It is best to renew in person at the annual Ski Fair or at our annual Kickoff Party. If you do it by mail, simply print print the Dough Transmittal form and mail it in. You can find it on our Membership page and on the Forms & Docs page.

 

 

Join a PACRAT team 

Now is the time.  Teams are being formed right now, and many teams need a few new team-mates.

 

Camaraderie, fun, racing, après ski parties and more!

 

Check it all out on our Racing page and on the PACRATs web site.

 

Contact:  Racing@mthigh.org

 

 

Mt. High has a Facebook page  

Thanks to Bruce Kuper for setting up a Favebook Page for Mountain High. It is a Facebook group. Check it out, join the group, and start posting your messages, photos, questions, etc. See it at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mt.High/ 

 

 

Member Benefits updated - 20% off at the Taco Shoppe  Thanks to Kevin Bastin, owner of the Taco Shoppe and a Mountain High club member, we have now been offered 20% off of any item on the menu (not just the burritos). The Taco Shoppe is located in Government Camp, across the street from the Huckleberry Inn (but a house or two up the road), or just downhill from the Mount Hood Museum. See details on our Membership Benefits page and on our Bulletin Board page.  Click here for see their full menu.

 

Trips calendar & Questionnaire -- MS Word  or PDF file

Check out the preliminary (draft) copy of the 2015 winter trips calendar, and then please fill out the questionnaire on page 2.  Let us know your trip preferences. This questionnaire will be distributed at our quarterly social, May 21, but you can also email it to us, either to info@mthigh.org or to Emilio2000@earthlink.net

 

Emilio's side-country article on Shred Hood

Check out a detailed description of Timberline's side-country options in an article written by Emilio and just published on ShredHood.org. It's a 5-page article, so click on the "Next" button at the bottom of each page. And don't be confused by the fact that each page begins with the same trail map, for easy reference.

 

ShredHood.org is a web site devoted to everything Mt. Hood. It contains the latest news, classifieds, racing, new school, old school, videos, slides, events, resources.
The web site was started by Ben Jacklet, a local journalist.
Check it out: http://shredhood.org/

 

 

Powder Alliance adventure blog

Emilio has left on a 4,000 miles road trip to ski as many Powder Alliance ski areas as possible. Lots of driving. But the skiing is free for anyone with a Fusion Pass. He will try to keep a diary marking his progress. Check out his “Ski Delights” blog at: http://skidelights.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

Ski pole Inclinometers -

Attach this simple device to your ski pole and use it to measure the slope steepness.

 

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January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

Introduce a new person to the sport by having them take a lesson from a certified ski instructor, and you could win a prize

2016/2017 EVENTS CALENDAR
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Blue: Mountain High club events   
Maroon: NWSCC, FWSA, or multi-club events
Black: General events

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DECEMBER

Dec.   4 (Sun.):   Ski day at Timberline

Dec. 10 (Sat.):    Ski day at Timberline

Dec. 14 (Wed.):  NWSCC/PACRAT meeting
and race bibs pickup

Dec. 26 (Mon.):  Mt. High Board meeting

 

2017

JANUARY

Jan. 19 - 22:         Mystery trip  (Mt. High bus trip)

Jan. 28 - Feb. 4:  FWSA Ski Week - Breckenridge

 

FEBRUARY

Feb. 12 - 18:        Salt Lake City, Utah trip

Feb. 19 - 25:        Whistler/Blackcomb trip

Feb. 25 - Mar. 4:  Powder Alliance trip  (bus trip)

 

MARCH

Mar. 12 - 19:  FWSA European Ski Week - St. Anton

Mar. 17 - 19:         Leavenworth trip  (bus trip)

 

 

 

 

 

See more event details in the next section below.

 

 

 

Club membership has steadily increased from 2002 - 2011, and has stabilized around 300 since then. Current membership as of September 2015 = 304.

 

Mt. High Board meetings 

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Last Monday of the month, we meet at the Round Table Pizza  10070 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland (near the corner of Capitol Hwy.) to plan future club events, trips. Phone: (503) 245-2211.  If you would like to get a bit more involved with the club, please come and join us. This is a working and planning  meeting, but it's open to all. Social gathering: 6:00 pm, and the meeting starts at: 6:30 pm.

 

NWSCC meetings

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Representatives of local ski clubs gather to coordinate activities, plan joint events and trips. Sometimes, there's a guest speaker. These meetings are open to all.

Time: Socializing starts at 6 pm. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm..

Dates: Meetings are held quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday in October, December, March and June.

Location: At various locations around the Portland metro area. See the NWSCC web site for details. 

 

Searching for the Perfect Ski Watch

Check out some of the features available on watches these days: Altimeter, Compass, Clinometer, Barometer, Stop-watch, and more. And water resistant to 200 meters. Sadly, not all in one watch. Read article.

 

Oregon Skiing & Boarding Blog

A blog set up by Drew Jackson, the weatherman at KPTV-12, writing about snow conditions from a skier's perspective. This has been added to both our Blogs and Links pages.

 

Vision for the 21st Century

A whole new vision of enhancing both safety and fun on the slopes. Read all about it (click on the "Vision" button. Get involved. Write to the ski areas. Write to ski magazines. Refer them to our website: www.mthigh.org/Vision.htm.

 

Trips Survey Results

Thanks to the 60 people who completed the online survey. See the results summarized in the July issue of "Lift Lines", or see the complete results here:

 

Mt Hood List - A great new site!

Go to MtHoodList.com to post your own message, to find a carpool to Mt. Hood, to find buddies for a Meadows 4x4,  or any other Mt. Hood related activity.

 

Check out this content on our site!

   a) Blogs eg.: David Schor's adventures

   b) Videos (our recent trips and racing)

   c) Skis for sale on our Bulletin Board!

 

Bruce's fall video

See Bruce Kuper's helmet-cam recording his fall and slide on the face of 7th Heaven at Stevens Pass. See Videos.

 

Send us your photos/stories!
What did you do this past winter? Where  did you ski? Where were you 20 or 30 years ago?  How did you learn to ski?  Any spectacular falls?  Any embarrassing moments? Send in your personal short stories or reminiscences.  Please add a photo of yourself or the people in your story. Digital photos are most welcome. Printed photos will be scanned in and returned to you.  Contact Emilio.

 

Free $kiing corner.

Free or half-priced lift tickets.

 

In the Forum, post your questions, requests, offers, or help provide answers.

 

Bulletin Board vs. Forum

For plain text announcements or questions, feel free to post your own message in the Forum.

For more elaborate, announcements, including graphics, photos, etc. please email them to us at info@mthigh.org and we'll post it on the Bulletin Board.

 

Also see the Oregon Challenge Diary  - a description of all the Oregon ski areas, and the combined experiences of all 3 successful challengers. Read about Warner Canyon, Oregon's best kept secret! And Spout Springs, and more. This will be permanently posted on our Articles page.

 

We Want You!

We know you have something to contribute to the club.  Organize a party, a hike. a game of cards, a visit to the theater, or just a TGIF. Take your favorite activity and invite other club members to join you. Just let us know what you could do for the club. Or, better yet, come to our monthly planning meeting, any last Monday of the month, at the Round Table Pizza.

 

2-way Radios on the slopes!

Connect with other club members on the slopes. Simply get on the radio channel 6-19, and call for Mountain High members. That is Channel 6, Privacy code 19. There is a permanent note about this on our TRIPS page.

 

Free Antivirus

Say goodbye to your paid antivirus. Avast! is totally free and performs even better in tests. Download it and try it yourself: http://www.avast.com/en-us/get/6SK2Jprm

 

Ski Areas page - new & improved

The best way to get info about ski areas. The improved version contains almost all the ski areas in the West, 161 of them. It's the easiest way to get info for a trip. Just click on whatever ski resort you want.

 

NW Ski Challenge

The Challenge continues each winter season. It is not a competition for the most ski areas visited.  Instead, everyone who visits at least 7 ski areas in the Northwest will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

 

New for this season is that in addition to Oregon, Washington and Idaho, you can now also ski at several ski areas in British Columbia, Alaska, and Mammoth Mt. (CA).  They all count!

 

Just save your lift tickets or receipts from the ski areas and mail them to the NWSCC:  The address is on the form. Click here for the Entry Form and Rules in Word or PDF.

 

Skiing the Northwest can be quite an adventure. See David Schor's blog: http://skiwashington.blogspot.com, and Emilio's journal on our "Articles" page, at:

Ski-Washington-Challenge-diary.pdf

 

 

Video about our club

Short 5 minute summary of what our club is al about. Must see!

See it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woXVvae4Iww

 

 

Web site & Newsletter

At the 2014 FWSA Convention in June, we won

1st place for Web site.

1st place for Newsletter.

1st place for Outstanding Club.

See more on our Awards page.

 

 

Proof that Straight skis were always Shaped.

Straight skis were never really straight. See proof in this video.

 

 

 

Safety Person of the Year

Gordon Lusk won the FWSA Award for Safety Person of the Year, for promoting safety at our PACRAT races.

He won a week of skiing at Aspen/Snowmass.

 

 

 

Boots & More Performance LLC

with Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter has left Hillcrest Sports to focus on Boots and More. He has been involved with the ski industry for 25+ years and has chosen to go his own direction.

Boots and More is service only.  Boot fitting, and ski & snowboard tuning and repair. It also sells insoles and liners as well as boot accessories.

The big difference between Greg Coulter and everyone else is that he will pick up and drop off the customers equipment.

Contact Greg via email; gcoulter40@gmail.com,  or phone 503-917-9360.

Visit the new Boots and More Facebook page and Like it. 

 

 

PACRAT Rat Attack photos & multimedia show

A few of the best photos from the 30th annual Awards Banquet known as the "Rat Attack" have been posted on our Photos page.

 

More of Bruce Kuper's Rat Attack photos can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.296122707211951&type=1
 

Also, see the PACRAT Racing multimedia show created by Bruce Kuper and shown at the Rat Attack: http://youtu.be/6_-q8oodXYY 

 

 Mid-week Skiing

Ken BrundidgeKenny Brunidge has volunteered to coordinate the mid-week skiers

You can join the mid-week group and post a message in the mid-week forum whenever you plan to go up skiing and see if others can join you. More info on our "Trips" page.

 

EVENT DETAILS

Note: Trips and Racing events have their own pages.

The events listed below are events other than ski trips and races.

Mt. High members at Stevens Pass

 

Mt. High members on Mt. Hood

NOTE TO NEWCOMERS

 

Our club provides numerous activities in the following categories.  Most of them have their own separate pages on our web site:

 

a)  Day trips to Mt. Hood ski areas  (both weekend and mid-week) – currently on TRIPS page, but might be moved to a Mt. Hood page or Meet-up page, or something like that.

b)  Ski trips to other ski areas in the West  -- see TRIPS page.

c)  Recreational racing – RACING pages.

d)  Social events, parties, etc. – on the HOME page.

e)  Summer activities (Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Picnic, etc.) – usually on our HOME page.

 

Our Home page is mainly a calendar of events and a place to post social events that don't have their own separate pages, such as Trips and Racing events do.

 

To get a better view of what our club does, please check the ABOUT US page and the PHOTOS page, which shows almost everything we did in the past year(s). Each season, we start to build a new Photos page, so if you are checking us out at the beginning of the season, check out one of the previous year's Photos page, which will be more complete.

 

 

 

We will have many such day trip to Mt. Hood during the winter, on different days of the week and to different ski areas.

Mt. High Ski Day at

Timberline

 

December 4 (Sunday)  and

December 10 (Saturday)

... and on other dates yet to be announced in our Forum and web site.

 

Come ski with us this Sunday. Just for fun.

 

Timberline already has 3 feet of snow at the Lodge, and more snow is coming every day. A fresh soft carpet of approximately an inch of fresh snow is expected on Saturday night. Perfect!

 

Let's connect at 7:30 - 7:45 am at McDonald's in Sandy.  If you come early, walk inside and get yourself a cup of coffee or a breakfast sandwich.   As usual, we can organize some carpooling on the spot, depending on who shows up.
 
If you miss us in Sandy, try connecting with us at Timberline, around 9:00 am at the day lodge or just outside, near the ski-check, ready to go skiing. 

Or call Mt. High members using a 2-way radio on channel 6-19.

See more info on our TRIPS page, under either Mid-week or Weekend skiing.

PACRAT Racing

Pacific Northwest Area Clubs

Recreational Alpine Teams

 

Northwest Ski Club Council

www.nwskiers.org

NWSCC Meeting &

PACRAT team captains'

bib pickup

 

Dec. 14, 2016 (Wed.): 6:00 pm  (Starts with Happy half-hour 6 - 6:30 pm)

 

This will be a combined PACRAT and NWSCC meeting.

 

PACRAT Team Captains will pick up the racing bibs for their team if all their team-mates have paid their PACRAT dues and submitted all the paperwork, signed liability forms, etc.  If a team captain cannot attend in person, please send one of your team-mates to collect the bibs for your team.

 

Location:  Columbia Flagship Store (upstairs room)
                  911 SW Broadway, 

                  Portland, OR 97205         

See Google map.

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. High
Monthly meeting

Usually on the last Monday of the month.

Mountain High
monthly Board meeting


December 26, 2016. (Monday) - Usually last Monday of the month.

  

6:00 pm - social gathering;

6:30 pm - formal meeting. 

Location: Round Table Pizza, 10070 SW Barbur Blvd., near Capitol Hwy. (by McDonald’s).

 

This is an organizational and planning meeting, attended mainly by Board members, trip leaders, activity organizers etc., but it is open to all.  Anyone wanting to get more involved with the club is welcome.

 

Current snow conditions:

 

Carried over from the old Home page:

Total visits from Oct.1, 2005 -- Sept. 30, 2006 was: 2,798.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2006 -- Sept. 30, 2007 was: 3,267.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2007 -- Sept. 30, 2008 was: 6,037.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2008 -- Sept. 30, 2009 was: 5,367

Total visits from Oct.1, 2009 -- Sept. 30, 2010 was: 9,805

Total visits from Oct.1, 2010 -- Sept. 30, 2011 was: 9,352

Total visits from Oct.1, 2011 -- Sept. 30, 2012 was: 7,253

Total visits from Oct.1, 2012 -- Sept. 30, 2013 was: 7,530

 

Total visits since Oct. 1, 2013:

 

 

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