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Mt. High Events

 Last updated: June 18, 2018
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.




June Lift Lines  - Mt. High Newsletter


NWSCC Announcement (Oct. 2017) - NW Ski Club Council


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


Far West Skiers' Guide - Summer supplement.

Click on the image here to see this very colorful magazine. Learn all about the upcoming Far West Convention in Reno. Also read about summer fun at ski resorts.

Learn about our Scuba diving trips.


Click on each 2-page spread to thumb through the rest of the pages. 


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.



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.


Ski Fashion Show at the Mt. Hood Museum & Cultural Center in Government Camp.  See video of this fun event held on March 31, 2018. It shows vintage ski apparel from the 1930s to the present day, including several garments currently available for purchase at Hillcrest Sports in Gresham, Oregon.



Mt. High Cookbook available.

A great gift.


Debbi Kor put together a Club Cookbook, full of recipes contributed by many of our club members. You can purchase the book at any of our social events and ski trips, or

Contact Debbi at: ijustwannarun1@comcast.net



Man and Woman of the Year.

Our 2018 man and woman of the year are: Bill King and Debbi Kor. Congratulations!  They are also our current Vice-President (Bill) and President (Debbi).  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 2019 (by October or early November 2018).


Bill King                Debbi Kor


Ski Areas page - new & improved

The best way to get info about ski areas. The updated page contains almost all the ski areas in the West, 170 of them. It's the easiest way to get info for a trip. Just click on whatever ski resort you want.

Also find info on heli-skiing.  Also available on our Ski Areas page is an Excel Spreadsheet continaing a list of all the ski area in Norrh America.  You can use it to track te places you have skied.


Latest Photos are now on our PHOTOS page, including pictures from the whole past year.


Mid-Week skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows

A group of us skis more or less regularly mid-week at Mt. Hood Meadows. Come join us.  See details below.


Weekend skiing at Timberline

A group of us skis more or less regularly on weekends att Timberline Come join us.  See details below.


Spring Passes on Mt. Hood

Spring is the nicest time to ski. You get more sunshine and fewer crowds. It is also the least expensive time to ski. A Spring Pass give you unlimited skiing through March, April and June.

     1. Mt. Hood Skibowl:  $109.

     2. Timberline:   $139

     3. Mt. Hood Meadows:  $169


Road trip, Skiing some hidden gems.  Kurt Wilke and Emilio Trampuz went on a 4-day road trip to ski some small and hidden gems in eastern Oregon and Washington.  See this video of their adventure.


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

  1. See the weekend & 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!

  3. See our Facebook page, where all our members can post their own messages and often invite others to come ski with them. Start by clicking on the Facebook button in our main menu.

 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.


Also note that Timberline runs its own hourly shuttle between Government Camp (stopping at the Mt. Hood Brewing Co., at Collins Lake Resort, and at the Chevron station at the top end of Govy). This shuttle runs only on weekends and holidays. Approximately once an hour to make the full round trip.


Powder Alliance.  Unlimited skiing at Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl + 3 free tickets at each of 17 other ski areas, for a total of 51 free ski days
Not valid on Saturdays.
Those 71 and over pay only $50.
All prices will increase after Nov. 5 and 26.. See more at: www.powderalliance.com  and on the Facebook page:




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 2018 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 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.


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.


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.


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).


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)!



Membership renewal.  Please renew your club membership in the Fall (September, October, or early 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 

 Teams are being formed in October and November, 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:




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). But only 10% discount during the summer months.

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.


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/





Ski pole Inclinometers -

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













Color code:  This color code is valid until you use the links. The viewed links will then change color, due to your browser's settings, but the dates will still remain the original color.

Blue: Mountain High club events   
Maroon: NWSCC, FWSA, or multi-club events
Black: General events




At the Museum: Winter Comes - Special Exhibit

At the Museum: Oregon's Connection to the Winter Olympics



June 7 - 10:         Far West Convention - Reno, NV

June 20 (Wed.):  NWSCC & PACRAT Elections

June 23 (Sat.):    Bike Ride - Salem Riverside

June 25 (Mon.):  Mt. High Board Meeting

June 30 (Sat):     History Happy Hour: Mt. Hood Geology, with Ryan Cole



July 14-15:         Summer Fun Nationals - Timberline

July 28 (Sat):      History Happy Hour: History of Summer Skiing on Mt. Hood - Jeff Lokting



Aug 25 (Sat):      History Happy Hour: Barlow Road, Mt. Hood area ruts and sites.

Aug 26 (Sun):     Barlow Road field trip - follow the original Oregon Pioneers' wagon trail.



Sept. 1 - 5 :         Idaho bike trip - Hiawatha trail and the 72-mile long CDA trail

Sept 29 (Sat):      History Happy Hour: Mt. Hood Trivia & Prizes - Lloyd Musser & Janet Paulson.



Oct. 27 (Sat):      History Happy Hour: Missoula Flood and Oregon settlement patterns - Rick Thompson



Dec. 29 (Sat):      History Happy Hour: Mt. Hood Movie Outtakes - Lloyd Musser


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 

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


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!


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.


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


NW Sk/Ride 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.


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:




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.


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 Boots and More Facebook page and Like it. 

Also, see the BAM Performance website to find out more.



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.

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.





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




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/




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




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 the 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.


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.


Nordic skiing exhibition



The Mt. Hood Cultural Museum preserves and showcases the rich history of Mount Hood through interpretive exhibits and educational programming. The museum features six galleries that highlight the history of the mountain’s early exploration, winter sports, settlement and natural history.

Winter Comes

Special Exhibit

(Continues till June 30)


Continuing special exhibit


This once in a lifetime exhibit continues to draw extra visitors to the museum. Created by the Oregon Nordic Foundation and the Deschutes Historical Museum the exhibit traces snow skiing back in time to before the wheel was invented. Using photographs, graphics, videos and an amazing collection of skis the exhibit traces the roots of skiing in the world and Oregon up to today.


Location:  Mt. Hood Museum & Cultural Center

Government Camp, Oregon


Admission is FREE.


For more information, please call the museum at 503-272-3301.


Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum
ph: 503-272-3301, info@mthoodmuseum.org 


The museum, the Mt. Hood Information Center and the Museum Gift Shop are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Admission is free.




The Mt. Hood Cultural Museum preserves and showcases the rich history of Mount Hood through interpretive exhibits and educational programming. The museum features six galleries that highlight the history of the mountain’s early exploration, winter sports, settlement and natural history.

Oregon's Connection to the

Winter Olympics


Special exhibit


This exhibit recognizes Oregonians from 1936 to 2018 that have participated in the Alpine events in the winter Olympics.


Location:  Mt. Hood Museum & Cultural Center

Government Camp, Oregon


Admission is FREE.


For more information, please call the museum at 503-272-3301.


Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum
ph: 503-272-3301, info@mthoodmuseum.org 


The museum, the Mt. Hood Information Center and the Museum Gift Shop are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Admission is free.



The Mt. Hood Cultural Museum preserves and showcases the rich history of Mount Hood through interpretive exhibits and educational programming. The museum features six galleries that highlight the history of the mountain’s early exploration, winter sports, settlement and natural history.


The museum, the Mt. Hood Information Center and the Museum Gift Shop are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Admission is free.

History Happy Hour

at the Mt. Hood Museum


Last Saturday of each month, 2018

Doors open: 6:30 pm.

Presentation starts: 7:00 pm.


Be entertained and learn something new.

$5 cash at the door. Beer & Wine available for purchase.


Location:  Mt. Hood Museum & Cultural Center

Government Camp, Oregon. Across the street from Huckleberry Inn and about 2 houses up the road. Right next to the Taco Shoppe.


Social History Happy Hour events take place the last Saturday of the month at the museum. Topics range from Mount Hood photography to ski fashion to volcanic activity on the mountain.


2018 Schedule

March 31     Ski Fashions Vintage to modern. Skiyente Ski Club & Hillcrest Ski & Sports

April 28        A conversation with the Ranger -  Zigzag District Ranger Bill Westbrook  -- CANCELED
No Happy Hour program this month!

May 26         Hiking Mt. Hood NF trails -  TBA

June 30       Geology of Mount Hood - Forest Geologist, Ryan Cole

July 28        History of Summer Skiing on Mt. Hood - Jeff Lokting

Aug 25         Barlow Road, Mt. Hood area ruts and sites - Lloyd Musser (Lecture is a prelude for Sunday field trips)

Sept 29        Mount Hood Trivia & Prizes - Lloyd Musser & Janet Paulson

Oct 27          Missoula Flood and Oregon settlement patterns - Rick Thompson

Dec 29         Mount Hood Movie Outtakes -  Lloyd Musser

For more information about the lecture series, please call the museum at 503-272-3301.


Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum
ph: 503-272-3301, info@mthoodmuseum.org 

Click on the logo to go the FWSA web site:




Click on the Convention logo below to go the Convention web site:




Click here for

Convention flyer


The Convention will be held at the

The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502





86th annual

Far West Convention

Reno, Nevada

June 7 - 10, 2018

June 7 - 10, 2018.

Remember we are all part of larger organization. Yes, we are part of the NW Ski Club Council, ... but also of the Far West Ski Association, which encompasses eleven Councils in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Utah.

FWSA represents all our local ski clubs, and organizes at least 3 trips every year:
1) the FWSA Ski Week (at Aspen this past winter);
2) the FWSA International Ski Week (usually in Europe);
3) an International Summer trip (like a trip to China or the Alaska Cruise).


Convention Activities:

Thursday and Friday are the fun days, in the form of golf, hiking, biking, a pub crawl, pool party, etc.

FWSA organizes a number of club competitions and awards — for best Newsletter, best Web site, Outstanding club, Safety person of the year, Man and Woman of the year, etc. Awards are given at the annual Convention..

On Saturday, a big part of the annual Convention is a Travel Expo, where club members can meet with dozens of Ski Industry representatives


Also, there are educational opportunities, seminars, presentations, and group discussions on a variety of topics.


A number of ski celebrities are usually present. In the past, we had several Olympic ski champions, some extreme skiers, some founders of famous ski areas, famous film-makers, and more.


Registration and info:
Register by May 7, to secure your spot.
Register and Pay Online  or download the Registration Form and mail it to:

FWSA Convention Registrar
Jean McCasey
10635 Esmeraldas Drive
San Diego, CA 92124


For more information see the FWSA Convention web pages at:


Also, please notify Debbi Kor that you are coming to the Convention, so that all our Mountain High delegates are registered as a single group. Contact Debbi at: ijustwannarun1@comcast.net


This year's FWSA Convention is being hosted by the Bay Area Snow Sport Council and Sierra League and Council.






PACRAT elections will also be held at the same meeting. The following are elected positions for the PACRAT Board:

* President:          Andy Hobart (incumbent)
* Vice President: Geoff Mihalko (incumbent)
* Secretary:          Dan Lane (incumbent)
* Treasurer:          Virginia Collison (incumbent)

* Sponsorship Director: Sandra Volk  (incumbent)

* Membership Director: Amanda Moran

* Party Director:   Sylvia Kearns (incumbent)

* Race Director:   Greg Dilger (incumbent)

* Results Director: Dale Parshall (incumbent)

* Rat Patrol Director: Mark Conan (incumbent)
* Communications Director: Bob Lawrence

* Director-at-Large: Peter Dodd (incumbent)

(All other Board positions are assigned by the President).
Also on the Board, but NOT elected, is the Immediate Past President. Appointed Positions are Director at Large - Chief Rat Patrol and Director at Large - General.


If you are interested in running for a PACRAT Board position for 2017/18, please contact Andy Hobart at president@pacrats.org . Please provide information on what position you would like to run for and why you are interested in doing so. He will be assembling the ballot. You will need to be at the meeting to say a few words about why you'd like to run and what you plan to do, or have someone else show up and speak on your behalf .

Who votes in PACRAT Elections? The clubs must decide on who gets to vote for the club. Usually it is the Team Captains, but in cases where there are more teams than votes available, only the number of votes designated for that club may be cast. ALL team captains CAN be there to caucus, but each club can only cast the proper number of votes:

* Mountain High = 5 votes
* Cascade = 3 votes
* Skiyente = 2 votes
* Schnee Vogeli = 2 votes
* Bergfreunde = 1 vote

Combined meeting & Elections



June. 20, 2018 (Wednesday) - 6:00 pm.


A multi-club meeting, attended by representatives of several local ski clubs.. At least one representative from each club should attend. But also, the meeting is open to all club members.


Location: TBA


The focus of this meeting is ELECTIONS; both for NWSCC and PACRAT. Come learn the latest about what NWSCC is doing!

Join the leadership of the Council – serving on the board of directors is a great way to get involved in club, council and Far West Ski Association activities.  The board is made up of members from different clubs in NWSCC—bringing a variety of style and experience to the Council.  

All officer positions are open for one-year terms.  The following officers will be voted upon at the June 20, 2018 meeting:
President:  Head of the Council Executive Board; represents NWSCC at Far West Ski Association board meetings and at National Ski Council Federation meetings.

Vice President:  Assumes duties of the president when needed and handles other duties as assigned.

Treasurer: Responsibility for Council financials.  Experience with bookkeeping software and GAAP necessary.

Secretary: Records Council minutes and correspondence as needed; keeps corporate records.

At-Large Director (two positions):  Duties as assigned by the President.  [Other directors will be appointed by the elected Board to fill the slate.]
Time involved:  Quarterly Council meetings; a monthly board meeting; other duties as assigned or as you volunteer to work on.   
If interested, please contact President@nwskiers.org for more information or to put your name on the ballot.  We need your input and support, and want YOU to consider serving on the Board!  

See the NWSCC bylaws (click HERE) for complete job descriptions.



New pedestrian bridge between Riverfront Park and Minto Brown Park


At the far end of Minto Brown park, it is very quiet.  No crowds and hardly any cyclists.



1. Exit I-5 southbound, onto Salem Parkway. That is the very next exit after the Keizer exit.

2. Follow Salem Parkway until it turns to Commercial St. NE. Then stay in the "slow" lane (the right lane).

3. Turn RIGHT onto the bridge across the Willamette River toward West Salem and Dallas. The bridge is part of Hwy. 22.

4. Stay in the right lane and turn right onto Wallace Rd. in West Salem. Stay on Wallace Rd. for about 5 short blocks.

5. Turn RIGHT at a traffic light onto Glen Creek Road, NW.  Follow it to the end.

6. At T-intersection, turn RIGHT (toward the water filling station). Park in the first parking area on your RIGHT.  See Google Map.

Or click on this close-up map of Wallace Marine Park to enlarge it.

Mt. High

Salem Riverfront Park &

Minto Brown Park


June 23, 2018 (Saturday).  Meet: 9:45 am,  Start: 10:00 am.

Join Mt High Club members in a rolling good time on any kind of bike. Most of the ride will be on perfectly paved bike trails. We will also have an option to ride on a narrower trail that is not paved but smooth.  Anything from a racing road bike to a fat-tire mountain bike will be just fine.


This ride will take us through a lot of diverse landscapes, most of it in the shade of trees.  Some of it along the Willamette River.  It's a total of only about 10 miles, and it is mostly flat, but with occasional undulations, in and out of gullies. There are enough gentle uphill sections that will give us all a workout.


Most of the ride is totally away from the town. We will not see any signs of town after we cross the pedestrian bridge within the first half a mile.


We'll end the ride with lunch (or brunch) at Busic Court, just a block from the park.


9:45 am.  We'll meet and park in the shade of old growth trees in Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.  See Google Map.  Just change the "Salem Parkway" starting point to your own persaonl address to get directions all the way from home:  Also see the Directions in the left column here.


10 - 11:30 am:  We'll start the ride by crossing the Willamette River using a pedestrian bridge. We'll ride our bikes through two adjacent parks, linked by a new pedestrian bridge:


a) Salem Riverfront Park, along the Willamette River, with lots of attractions such as a carousel, a sternwheeler boat, and more.  It can get a bit crowded.  Fortunately, that is only the first half a mile or less.


b) Minto Brown Park  A very large park on Minto Brown island. As soon as we cross the new pedestrian bridge, we are getting away from the crowds and entering a mix of forests, meadows, orchards, and farm fields. We might see some ducks and beavers.  A lot of the ride is in the shade of trees.


12:00 (noon):  Lunch/brunch at the Busic Court restaurant.  They serve great breakfast! . Possible alternatives to Busic Court include: La Hacienda Real (Mexican), Kwans' Cuisine (Chinese), Rock-N-Rodgers (American), or the Original Pancake House (pancakes, crepes, eggs and more).


Questions and please RSVP to:  Emilio Trampuz, 503-510-1477, or Emilio2000@earthlink.net


We need to know ow many people to expect for lunch!





Mt. High
Monthly meeting

Usually on the last Monday of the month.

Mountain High

monthly Board meeting

June 25
, 2018. (Monday) - Usually the 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.








Lifts open at 7:00 am

Race starts at 8: 30 am


NOTE:  A thousand dollars will be given away in cash prizes of $50 and $100.  Every racers has a chance to win.


Friday is a welcoming party  in “NOW” at Willy Scroggins house across road from Brew Pub. 3–6 pm.
Saturday is a GS race (two runs). Then a BBQ at the Day lodge.
Sunday is a Slalom race (2 runs).


The cost, if registered before July 13, is as follows:

1. The entire weekend (GS, BBQ, SL) = $135  
    (After July 13 = $165.)
2. Saturday only: (GS, BBQ) = $95
3. Sunday only (SL): $65.
4. Guest for BBQ only = $39

After july 15, there is a late fee of $20 - $30, depending on the event.

Oh, just one small detail. To participate, you need to be a member of the USSA – the US Ski & Snowboard Association. Not a member? No problem. Everyone can sign up for a temporary one time membership (just for this event) for $25. Join at: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start .


Summer Fun Nationals

Timberline - Fun for the whole family

July 13-15, 2018

This is the 30th annual event. It's a great opportunity to have fun racing at sunny Mt Hood while refreshing the muscle memory in your legs halfway between last season and next. Usually, about 120-150 racers participate


This poster is from last year.  We will update it as soon as the new one becomes available.



All PACRAT racers are welcome, of course, as well as those who have never raced but would like to give it a try. Come to the Summer Fun Nationals at Timberline: http://www.summerfunnationals.com/

You must register in advance.  There will be no day of race entries.

Info about registration, schedule, camps, sponsors and more is at:

www.SummerFunNationals.com .





In Wallace, the trail goes right under I-90 for a short stretch. The building in the photo is the Railroad Museum.





Click here for trail map.

The map shows both the CDA trail and the  Hiawatha trail.




Emilio Trampuz







1. Kellogg:  Fairbridge Inn

601 Bunker Avenue

Kellogg, ID 83837


Reservations:  208-783-1234

Reserve at least the first 3 nights.

The 4th night is either here or in Harrison

To get the group discount, tell them you are with the "Mountain High" group.


Cost per room:Saturday: $109  .  .  .

Sunday - Wednesday:  $79

Any additional nights:  $79


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2. Harrison:  Lake View Lodge



Normal price:  $148 - $325


To get the group discount, tell them you are with the "Mountain High" group.

Regular rooms are already taken, but you will probably get a room with a kitchenette for the same price of $135.

NOTE: If you forget to identify yourself as member of the Mountain High group, you will be told that there are no more roms available, because we reserved most of them.


Idaho bicycle trip

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

72 mile paved trail across the Idaho panhandle


Route of the Hiawatha trail

15 miles of smooth dirt road through tunnels and over railroad trestles

Click here for map


September 1 - 5, 2018.  (Saturday - Wednesday) - Labor Day weekend plus 2 days.  Drive your own car or carpool with someone. We will definitely need to carpool within Idaho to shuttle between the different segments of the trail. The more cars we have, the more flexible we'll be.


The CDA Trail is a72 mile long paved bicycle trail from the town of Mullan (near the Montana border) to the town of Plummer (south of Couer d'Alene).  We will definitely see at least: egrets, osprey, and grebes (birds that can swim under water), plus deer, wild turkeys, and maybe some moose too, if we are lucky. Moose are the most elusive.


Optiona attractions along our path include: eat at the "Snake Pit" in Enaville, visit a Railroad Museum, and/or visit a Silver mine near historic Wallace. Also, see the Center of the Universe in Wallace, Idaho.


Lodging in the town of Kellogg for 4 nights.  includes: lodging,  breakfast, and an indoor swimming pool with a hot-tub. Cost per room = $109 on Saturday night and then $79 on all the other nights. That's a total of $346 per room (plus tax) for all 4 nights. Split between two people, that's $173 per person for all 3 nights


Lodging in the town of Harrison is optional on our last night there. We could stay just 3 nights in Kellogg and1 night in Harrison (for the basic 5-day trip).  You can also stay in Harrison if you wish to extend your trip to 6 days or more, either to bike some more or to just enjoy the lake. Cost per room with our group discount is $135 per room per night, and the number of rooms is very limited.


Note that the Harrison hotel doesn't offer breakfast and doesn't have a hot tub or swimming pool.  The town itself, the park, the lake and the nearby river are beautiful, but we can and will enjoy it during the daytime anyway.  We don't have to sleep there if the price seems high.


Please let Emilio know your lodging preferences.

Also, contact Emilio if you need a roommate. We'll pair you up if you don't already have someone you want to share the room with.


Cycling is free on the CDA Trail, but the Hiawatha trail charges about $20 per person (which includes a bus ride back to the starting point).


1. DEPARTURE: It is recommended that we all plan on leaving Portland by about 8 am on Saturday (Sept. 1), especially if we want to allow for a couple of hours to ride the Sacajawea trail in the Tri-Cities. Also, leaving early in the day would give us time to check into our hotel in Kellogg, freshen up, and go out to dinner together, where we can start planning the next day.


2. TRANSPORTATION: We’ll drive up in our own cars. Some carpooling is possible, but don’t overfill your car with passengers and luggage. Try to keep your car half empty, so we can take turns at shuttling people up and down the trail. Unless you have a very large minivan or SUV, ideally each car should have no more than 2 people in it and the ability to carry 3 bicycles + at least 1 additional temporary passenger.

3. BICYCLE: You don’t need a mountain bike. The 72 miles of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes are perfectly paved and smooth, perfect even for racing bikes with those super-skinny tires. The 15-mile Hiawatha trail is not paved, but it is still smooth enough for a road bike with medium tires (just not the skinny racing ones).

4. BRAKES: You definitely need good brakes for the first few miles from Mullan to Wallace, on the eastern end of the trail, which we will ride in the downhill direction. Also, for the western end of the trail (if we decide to do it downhill too). Most of the stuff in between is mainly flat. So, to be on the safe side, please make sure your bicycle brakes are not totally worn out!


a) The 72 mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes between Plummer and Mullan is really nicer, paved, and includes facilities (picnic tables, restrooms, etc.)See a diagram showing the elevation gain along this trail.  Note that the middle part is almost completely flat, ad the two segments on each side we will do in a downhill directions.

b) The Hiawatha Trail is about 15 miles of unpaved compressed gravel road. This trail goes through several tunnels and passes along several railroad trestle bridges. Most of it is fun, except for the very first tunnel, which is 1.7 miles long. You need to have lots of lights to ride through it. At a minimum, one light on the bike and another on your head. Bring the brightest flashlight you can find. Have more lights if you can. The tunnel walls are sooty black from the coal-powered steam locomotives, and it is very hard to see. Even if you don’t have a problem riding though it, it’s not really fun. I would recommend taking your car over the 5 mile forest road that goes over the hill bypassing the tunnel. There is plenty of parking space on the other side of the tunnel.


c) An unpaved, packed gravel road between the Hiawatha and the CDA Trail. This connecting road crosses the Idaho/Montana border at Lookout Pass ski area, and it totals about 20 miles. Alternatively, one could simply park the car at the Lookout Pass ski area and ride the approximately 12 miles to Mullan, where the paved CDA Trail begins. But beware, it is easy to accidentally take the wrong road and not realize it for many a mile. This is not part of the official trail and it is not marked at all. We are NOT planning to ride this unmarked and unpaved section. But if you want to do it, just get an early start, so you can ride this section and then meet the rest of the group.

d) The Sacajawea Heritage trail, a 23-mile bicycle loop near the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers at the Tri-cities (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick) in Washington. This is about half way to Idaho, and a perfect place for a break from the driving. At least some of us will do this on on the drive up to Idaho. We don't need to do the whole 23 miles. Even just 5 - 10 miles through a riverside park would be fun.


The general plan would be to do it as follows

We plan to ride socially, together, at a moderate pace.:


Saturday. Just drive to Idaho, with an optional stop at the Sacajwea trail in Kennewick, WA.  Stay the night in Kellogg, ID.

Sunday, Ride the Hiawatha Trail.  First take our cars for abot 4 miles into Montana, take the "Taft" exit off of I-90, and then dfollow a dirt road for another mile or two to the start of the trail just before the long tunnel.  Stop near the tunnel just to pay your access fee, but then feel free to drive your car another 5 miles over the hill to the other side of the tunnel.

Stay the night in Kellogg, ID.


Monday. CDA part 1.  Mullan to Kellogg.  Total of 18 miles. Stop at the half-way point to spend some time in historic Wallace, where we could visit the railroad museum and/or the silver mine and/or a brothel that is now a musem. Also have lunch somewhere in town. Then ride the remaining 10 miles back to Kellogg. If you wish, double the mileage from 18 to 36 miles by riding uphill to Mullan and the nreturn to Kellogg down the same trail.

Stay the night in Kellogg, ID.

Tuesday. CDA part 2. Kellogg to Harrison. Ride 38 miles, almost all flat. This includes includes all of of the wilderness area, where we are most likely to see wildlife. Also, let'sstop for a nice brunch at the “Snake Pit” in Enaville - which is not too far from Kellogg (maybe only about 5 miles or so). The bulk of the ride would be after that breakfast stop. You are guaranteed to see at least egrets, eagles, and grebes (birds that can swim under water). If we are lucky, we might also see some moose. We might even take a quick swim in the river we'll be riding along.

We could stay either in Kellogg or in Harrison.

Wednesday. CDA part 3. Plummer to Harrison.  Ride the last 16 miles on the west end of the trail. Maybe take a swim in Lake Coeur d'Alene.  Then have lunch in Harrison, and head back home. If we leave by about 1 pm, we can be back in Portland by about 8 or 9 pm.   If we leave by 2 pm, we can be home by about 9 or 10 pm.


Optionally, you could stay on in Harrison for an additional night or two, and then enjoy the park, the lake, maybe rent a kayak or canoe, or go swimming.

Let Emilio know your preferences for driving, carpooling, biking, and lodging (room-mates, etc.), and I will do my best to match you up and pair you up (unless you already have a partner). We will have 2 people per room, just like on any of our ski trips.


Once we have a roommate and once we decide how many nights to spend in Kellogg (3 or 4), and in Harrison (0, 1, or optionally more), then everyone please call the hotels directly to make your own reservations.  See the left column for hotel reservations info.


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