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Most Recent Mt. High Photos

 

2016 / 2017 Photos

 

Dec.  6, 2017:     Winter Fair (NWSCC & PACRATs)

Nov. 18, 2017:   First day of the season

Oct. 22, 2017:    Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion

Oct. 14, 2017:    Mt. High Kickoff Party

Oct.  7, 2017:     Timothy Lake bike ride

Sept. 30, 2017:  History Happy Hour: Flying Buses

Sept. 30, 2017:  Seafood Party

Sept. 16, 2017:  Trillium Lake bike ride

Aug. 21, 2017:   Solar Eclipse

Aug. 12, 2017:   Highway Cleanup

Aug.  4, 2017:     Leif Eriskon Drive bike ride

July 22, 2017:    Timberline to Zig Zag bike ride

June 3, 2017:      Violet climbs Mt. Hood

June 7-11, 2017 FWSA Convention

May 17, 2017:     Mt. High Social & Elections

April 29 - May6: Safety boundary signs

March - May:      Timberline Adventures

Apr.  1, 2017:      PACRAT Race and Party

Mar.23-26. 2017: NASTAR National Championships

Mar.17-19, 2017: Leavenworth trip

Feb. 25 - Mar. 4  Powder Alliance trip to

                             Whitewater, BC, Schweitzer, ID

Feb. 18, 2017:    Chocolate Party

Feb. 8-10, 2017: Hosting a Chicago Ski Club

Feb. 5-7, 2017:  Silver Star

Jan. 19 - 22:       Mystery Trip

Jan. 12 (Thur.): Sundogs & powder at Meadows

Dec. 29 - Jan. 1: Eastern Oregon Hidden gems

Dec.17, 2016:     Crowds? What crowds?

Dec.10, 2016:     Stormy day turns sunny!

Dec. 4, 2016:      Weekend att Timberline

Dec.  1. 2016:     Mid-week Meadows day

Nov. 7, 2016:      Mt. High Kickoff Party

Nov. 4-6, 2016:  SkiFever Show

 

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Older photos

 

For older photos, go to the appropriate year:

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For an overview of a full past year of the club's activities,

click on the 2016 Photos.

 

See how to post photos/videos to our web site, on the Articles page under "Technology".

 

See a 6-minute video highlighting almost everything the club has done in a single year. The video is now posted on our Videos page, under the title: "Mountain High Club 2011-2012".

 

Winter Fair  (NWSCC & PACRATs)

December 6, 2017.  (Wednesday)

This was a joint meeting organized by the NW Ski Club Council as well as a PACRAT racers' bib pickup day. IT was held at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village.

 

There was free salad and pizza.  Everyone received a ticket fo a brown bag raffle.  And there was a silent auction where people bid on seveal valuable items, including, clothing , equipment, and trips.

 

The NWSCC Man and Woman of the Year for the year 2018 were announced. They are: Jackie Lane and Bill King. They have been selected among all the local ski clubs' men and women of the year. They will now represent the Northwest at the next Far West Ski Association Convention in Reno in June 2018.

 

Also announced were the winners of the NWSCC Ski & Ride Challenge.  The two people who skied the greatest number of ski areas were:  Jeannie Nyquist and Jackie Lane.  You too can be a winner in this coming winter season.  Just save your lift tickets, ski passes, or proofs of purchase at every ski are you visit, and submit it to the NW Ski Club Council at the end of the season.

 

Barbara Bousum, NWSCC President speaks at the Winter Fair.   (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Winter Fair.  Barbara Bousum, NWSCC President.    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

NWSCC's Man and Woman of the Year:  Jackie Lane and Bill King.- both on the right.   (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Winter Fair.   Linda McGavin and Mary Olhausen.    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Winter Fair. Lonny Schiller, Brenda and Terry Becerra with theit team's racing bibs.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

PACRAT racers just received their race bibs.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Linda Coxen (on the right).  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Jeannie Nyquist and Jackie Lane won the NWSCC Ski and Ride Challenge.    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

PACRAT racers.  Andy Hobart (2nd from the left).  .  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

First day of the season

November 18, 2017.  (Saturday)

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 was one of the earliest skiing we've done in years, almost a week before Thanksgiving. Actually, some of our members, such as Walt Blomberg, Kay Kinyon, Foxie and Ken, have skied here even a few days earlier, while it was still snowing.

Timberline finally opened all the lower lifts this Saturday, including the longest one: Jeff Flood express. We had almost 4 feet of snow base and a perfectly sunny blue sky. The snow was excellent. It's a pity that only 4 of us came up on this day: Ruth and Steve (some of our most recent new members) and Bill King and Emilio Trampuz.  Ruth and Steve would have loved to meet a few more of our members.

Oh, yes, some people went to Mt. Hood Meadows on this day. The only negative thing on this day at Timberline was the incredibly long line of people purchasing their Fusion passes in the morning.  It's good to see that there is such an interest in this pass.

The forecast for the coming week is some rain Monday through Wednesday, then some more snow, and finally partly sunny next Saturday (Nov. 25). Maybe put down next Saturday as the next ski day.

 

Jeff Flood Express at Timberline.  Saturday, Nov. 18.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion

October 22, 2017.  (Sunday)

Only eight of us ended up going on the train trip. We lucked out on the weather, as it only sprinkled on us a couple of times, most of which when we were inside the train. Next year, people would like to do the train with the robbery. 

 

Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion.  Beautiful Fall colors.  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 

Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion. Fall colors.   (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 

Crystal, Larry, Debbie, and Nancy.   (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 

Tom, Bruce, Ana, and Linda.    (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 

Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion:  Nancy, Debbie, and Bruce.   (Photo from Bruce & Linda McGavin)

 

 

Membership / Kickoff Party

October 14, 2017.  (Saturday)

Around 60 - 70 people showed up at our annual Season Kickoff party.  Several new people showed up and joined the club.  The club served lasagna, salad and garlic bread.  Several people brought desserts to share, mostly baked at home. Overall, it was a pleasant evening.

 

Kickoff party.  The main course, served free, on the club..    (Photo from Emilio)

 

Nancy Erz at the registration table.     (Photo from Emilio)

 

Greg  sold Snowvana tickets asa fundraiser for high-school racing.     (Photo from Emilio)

 

Debbi Kor and Linda McGavin at the Kickoff party.    (Photo from Emilio)

 

Debbi made several announcement at the Kickoff party.    (Photo from Emilio)

 

Edie Martinelli won one of the many door prizes at the Kickoff party.    (Photo from Emilio)

 

Barbara Bousum, NWSCC President, talks about the upcoming Far West Ski Week.   (Photo from Emilio)

 

Greg made an announcement about the Snowvana tickets fundraiser.   (Photo from Emilio)

 

 

Timothy Lake bike ride

October 7, 2017.  (Saturday)

We scheduled this ride a little too late in the season. The weather turned colder and there were some showers in the forecast.  So, many people decided not to come.  The three braves that did were Terri, Emilio, and John.

The sky was mostly cloudy, but with a big patch of blue skyu right above us when we took this photo at Little Crater Lake.

 

The magic happened, as usual, around 10 am. It was drizzling slightly before that time, but almsot exactly at 10 am, the drizzle stopped and the sky got a little bluer.  This seems to happen quite often on Mt. Hood, both in Winter and in Summer. The rain stops at 10 am.   We were undecided about riding.  In the end, we decided not to ride, partly because of the clouds but also because it was quite cold. 

 

Still, we had a pretty full and eventful day.  We had coffee and huckleberry pancakes at the Huckleberry Inn. Then we went shopping next door, where they had a BOGO sale, "By One Get One free".  Emilio bought two thick, warm and breathable polyester shirts that from a distance look just like flannel shirts, but they are so thick and warm that they are supposed to be used as a jacket, and they close with a zipper.  Quite a find!  Perfect for keeping warm in the winter!

 

Then we visited the Mt. Hood Museum and chatted with Lloyd Musser and his assistant Marj. Next summer and fall (2018) will be the 175th Anniversary of the Oregon Trail, and we discussed some possible activities to celebrate this.  Yes, we'll probably do a special history tour along Barlow Road - the original wagon trail around Mt. Hood.

 

John and Emilio ended completed the day by driving and hiking around the area between the west end of Kiwanis' Camp Road (Rd. 39) and Road 35.  On all past bike tours, we ended up riding our bikes along the shoulder of highway 26 for almost a mile between those two roads, but now we found a hidden forest road that bypasses highway 26.  John suspected there was a connection there, and today we confirmed it. So, now we have an alternate route for future bike rides in the area.

 

Overall, it was a good day!  And it didn't rain during all this time.  Rain did return during the drive back home, which was after 3 pm.

 

Terri Irland, Emilio Trampuz, and John Davis at Little Crater Lake.

(Photo from Emilio's camera, taken by a kind stranger)

 

 

History Happy Hour at the Mt. Hood Museum

September 14, 2017.  (Saturday)

The Mt. Hood Museum and Cuiltural Center has been organizing a History Happy Hour every last Saturday of the month for a couple of years now.  There is usually a guest speaker with a presentation on some topic of interest.  Drinks are available for sale.  You learn something new and you have a good time.  On this evening, Llloyd Musser presented a slide show titled: "Flying Buses and other engineering marvels on Mt. Hood"

 

Lloyd Musser presents slide show about Flying Buses on Mt. Hood.    (Photo from Emilio)

 

 

Seafood Party

September 30, 2017.  (Saturday)

About 60 people attended our annual Seafood Party.  This year, in addition to the usual fare such as Pete and Ann’s incredible homemade sushi, Bruce McGavin’s fantastic smoked salmon spread; Debbi Kor’s yummy crab quesadillas; and Mexican shrimp cocktails, we had a Mexican theme, including dinner entrees such as: baked salmon, enchiladas, and fish and chicken tacos.  Yummm!!!   Thanks to Debbi Kor for all the photos!

 

Edie Martinelli, Steve Royce, Terri and Ron Best.    (Photo from Debbi Kor)

 

Lisa Scribner telling a funny story.    (Photo from Debbi Kor)

 

Steve, Mer'a, and Elaine at the greeting table.    (Photo from Debbi Kor)

 

Greg Anderson and Nancy Pratt.    (Photo from Debbi Kor)

 

Larry and Crystal Bennett, and Bobbie and Cal Eddy    (Photo from Debbi Kor)

 

Nancy Erz at the Seafood party    (Photo from Debbi Kor)

 

 

Trillium Lake bike ride

September 16, 2017.  (Saturday)

We first met at the Zig Zag Inn and carpooled from there to Government Camp, where we started the bike ride. We rode our bicycles down to Summit Meadows and the Pioneer Cemetery, where we once again heard the ghost of Perry Vickers.  Then we rode to Trillium lake and rode a semi-circle around it.  Finally, we rode about 15 miles donw Still Creek Road and on to Zig Zag, where we had lunch.  It was a great day for biking.  IT was partly sunny and cool, so we wore warmer clothers, but nobody was cold and nobody was too hot either.

 

We started from the east end of Government Camp.    (Photo from John Davis)

 


Near the Summit ski area and Mt. Hood in the background.     
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Pioneer Cemetery at Summit Meadows.

This is where Perry Vickers rests in peace.      (Photo from Debbie Geiger)

 

Entering the Trillium Lake area.  That's Susan McNulty and John Davis.      (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


At Trillium Lake.  Terri, John, Michele, Scott, and Malcolm.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

A chat by the lake.     (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Biking around the lake.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Biking around the lake.     (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


A pause to regroup on Still Creek Road     
(Photo from John Davis)

 

Still Creek Road is currently closed to traffic becauswe of work on this culvert.      (Photo from John Davis)

 


Michele crossed it without a problem.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Susan waving to the camera on Still Ceek Road.    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Michele Gunness and Debbie Geiger.   
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Malcolm, Scott, Terri, Emilio, and Nancy on one one of the bridges over Still Creek.     (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 

One of the many bridges over Still Creek.     (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Still Creek      (Photo from Debbie Geiger)

 


A view of Mt. Hood later that afternoon.   
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017.  (Monday)

Lots of Oregonians steps outside to see the solar eclipse at about 10:18 am this Monday.  And we had lots of visitors from California and Washington.  The full eclipse could be seen only from a relatively narrow band around 70 miles wide. Salem and Prineville were both close to the center of this area and enjoyed about 2 minutes of totality.  Portland could only see about 99% of totality, which is interesting to see.  But the real magic seems to happen only during those two minues when the Moon completely blocks the view of the Sun.  That's the only time when you can look up at the Sun and see it with your naked eyes without worrying about damaging you retinas.

 

During total eclipses, the Moon can be a different distances from the Earth, and so can block more or less of the Sun. This time, thre was quite a bright ring of white around the Moon. The surface of the Sun was covered by the Moon, but the Sun's corona was still very bright. The corona is composed of streams of solar wind spreading at high speed in all directions.

 


Partial solar eclipse, about 10 minutes before totality, as seen from Salem, Oregon.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Full solar eclipse that lasted for about 2 minutes, as seen from Salem, Oregon.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

Highway Cleanup

August 12, 2017.  (Saturday)

Ten of us showed up for the highway cleanup on our adopted 2 miles of Highway 26, between mileposts 51 - 53, just west of Government Camp.  After about 2 hours of cleanup, we all assembled at the Taco Shoppe for some delicious lunch.  We met the owner, Kevin Bastin.  Did you know that Kevin is a Mountain High club member and that he isoffering us all a 10% discount during the summer and 20% discount during the winter? 

 


Debbie Geiger, Debbi Kor, Lonny Schiller, Buck Scheffler, Susan McNulty,

Steve and Elaine Hiliker, and Malcolm MacDonald at Skibowl's parking lot.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

 

Leif Erikson Drive bike ride

August 4, 2017.  (Saturday)

The first cool day after the heat wave.  It was only 61º F at 10 am when we first met.  In fact, some of us felt a little chilled in the morning, before we started biking - which then warmed us up.

 

The whole ride was in the shade, with only occasional patches of sunshine.  We were cool all the way.

 

We had lunch at Kenny and Zooks Bagelworks near the corner of Thurman and 24th in NW Portland.  The food was pretty interesting.  They serve breakfast all day.  And they have some unusual pastries too. Anyuone heard of "bialy"?  Gotta ty it some time.  Come check it out on your own some time!

 

Overall, it was a great day of biking, enjoying nature, and socializing!  Pity that only 9 people showed up.

 


John Davis, Jon Waldum, Buck Scheffler, Debbie Geiger, Nancy Erz, Malcolm MacDonald, Larry Bennett.

Where is Susan?  Hint: See that blue thing on the right of the picture?

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Hey, Emilio was there too!     
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Larry and Malcolm, .. and Debbie behind them, ... and an unknown jogger..    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Debbi Geiger zooms by!     
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Buck Scheffler    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Jon Waldum and John Davis.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Malcolm and Larry, followed by a bunch of others.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


John Davis is a blur of action and speed.   Followed by Nancy and Susan.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


View of St. John's bridge from Leif Erikson Drive.   
(Photo from Debbie Geiger)

 


Forest Park along Leif Erikson Drive.    
(Photo from Debbie Geiger)

 

Buck and Emilio on the trail 

(Photo from Jon Waldum)


Tall trees provide good shade.

(Photo from Jon Waldum)

 

Malcolm MacDonald

(Photo from Malcolm MacDonald)


View  Leif Erikson Drive.

(Photo from Malcolm MacDonald)

 


A rest stop.   
(Photo from Malcolm MacDonald)

 


A rest at a picnic table, about half way down the trail.   
(Photo from Malcolm MacDonald)

 


At the end of the ride, we had lunch at Kenny & Zuke's Bagelworks, on Thurman and 24th. 

(Photo from Malcolm MacDonald)

 


It's not just bagels.  They serve beer too!

(Photo from Malcolm MacDonald)

 

We'll add a few more pictures from others here, as soon as they send them in.

 

 

Timberline to Zig Zag bike ride

July 22, 2017.  (Saturday)

A little history tour from TYimberline to Zig Zag, by bicycle, intertwining three roads from 3 different eras:

1.  Barlow Road - the original wagon trail, part of the Oregon Trail. Built in 1845-1846.

2.  The old Mt. Hood Loop Highway - the first real highway that encircled Mt. Hood, since about 1924..

3.  Modern day highway 26, built in the early 1950s.

 

The bicycle riding was mostly downhill or flat.  Mostly on paved roads, but with a few forest trails too. About half of us rode through Government Camp, while the other half took the Crosstown Trail around Govy.  We als briefly rode on the Pioneer Bridle Trail, we visited Little Zig Zag River falls, and ended the ride with lunch at the Zig Zag Inn.

 

We have been doing variations of this history tour since about 2017.  In alternate years, we start the ride from Barlow Pass (about half way between Government Camp and Mt. Hood Meadows).  This has now become an annual event.

 


Getting our bikes ready at the Timberline day lodge.    
(Photo from John Davis)

 


There were 20 of us, but only 15 in this picture, plus Emilio behind the camera.     
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Buzz Lindahl and Michele Gunness in the front.  Second row:  Jon Waldum, John Davis and Terri Irland

on West Leg Road, at the "rendezvous" point where 3 winter tails meet: JoJaMi, Mustang Sally, & Pete's Plunder

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


We talked about the Oregon Pioneers eating salal berries and having pea coffee

and pitying those among them who didn't have any coffee left.      (Photo from Lisa Miller)

 


This is how they travelled. Mostly walking the whole 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon.   
(Photo from Jon Waldum)


Laurel Hill is over there, the steepest section of the whole Oregon Trail.  
(Photo from Lisa Miller)

 


Nancy Erz and Buzz Lindahl on West Leg Road, near Government Camp.   
(Photo from John Davis)

 


We are now on the original wagon trail, on Barlow Road, just west of Govy and just past the Glacier View Snowpark.  We just turned left, away from the Pioneer Bridle Trail.     
(Photo from John Davis)

 


About a mile and a half west of Government Camp, the old highway is abruptly cut by the new highway 26.  After the recent installation of a concrete median barrier on highway 26, Laurel Hill (in front of us) is now cut off and inaccessible.  A pedestrian bridge across highway 26 here would be the perfect solution. 
(Photo from John Davis)

 


It's a steep hill here, so we waqlked our bicycles down to highway 26.    
(Photo from John Davis)

 


With Mt. Hood in the background, we are descending down the path from the old highway to the new one.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Mark Engler, the Forest Service Recreation Program manager at the Zig Zag Ranger Station was with us on this bike tour.  Emilio has been working with him on establishing the safety boundaries west of Timberline.

Here, he is giving us a thumbs up!

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


A long line of Mountain High cyclists.  We are now almost at the end of the narrow path. 
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


After riding along the shouldr of highway 26 for just 3/4 of a mile, we rejoined the Pioneer Bridle Trail and are now about to enter the horse tunnel.  Front to bnack: Linda McGavin, Buck Scheffler, Jon Waldum. 
(Photo from John Davis)

 


At the Little Zig Zag Falls trailhead.

Mark Engler, Lisa Miller, Julia Engler, Karen Michels, and Emilio Trampuz

(Photo from John Davis)

 


Nancy Erz at Little Zig Zag River falls.     
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Julia Engler at Little Zig Zag River falls.    
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Julia Engler at Little Zig Zag River falls.     
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


After riding Kiwanis' Camp Road (Road 39) and Road 35, we are now on a trail connecting two branches of Road 9, about half way between Rhododendron and Zig Zag.   
(Photo from John Davis)

 


Lunch at the Zig Zag Inn at the end of the bike ride.     
(Photo from John Davis)

 

See more bike ride photos and a video or two at

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6jgsh0h1tw16c93/AAB-y4IC7-F5onHOo3xWWhSGa?dl=0

 

 

Violet climbs Mt. Hood

June 3, 2017.  (Saturday)

Violet Anderson led a group of kids to the summit of Mt. Hood.  This was their 4th annual climb and the group gets bigger and bigger each year.  They rode the first chairs at 8 am and launched their climb from the top of Palmer. 

This was on the same day that some of us skied at Timberline for the last time this season.


On Hogsback, returning from the summit.   Victory!!!
(Photo from Violet Anderson)

 

 

FWSA Convention

June 7 - 11, 2017.  (Wednesday - Sunday)

The Far West Ski Association's Convention happens every June at a different location. This year, it was in Boise, Idaho. Delegates from ski clubs and ski councils from all over the West attended.  About three dozen delegates came from Oregon.

 

The Convention started off, as usual, with some outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, rafting, golf, and a pub crawl in the evening.  Friday evening was a Ski Fair and a Silent Auction.  Most of the serious work, such as meeting with ski area representatives, holding seminars and discussions. announcing the winners of several competitions and awards, and voting for the next Board of Directors, happened on Saturday and Sunday.

 


Karen, Nancy, Linda, Terry and Emilio went on a bike ride along the Boise River Greenbelt trail. 
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Terry Swan at the Barker Observation Point.  
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Terry Swan and Nancy Erz at the Barker Observation Point.   
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Linda McGavin next to two enormous pipes through which water is released
from the Lucky Point dam into the Boise River  
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Terry Swan at the Sandy Point State park.  
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Karen and Terry pedaling along the Boise River Greenbelt trail.  
   (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Nancy, Terry, and Linda looking at birds along the trail.    
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Nancy and the gargoyle guarding Boise Castle     
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


We saw Boise Castle both at the start and end of the bike ride.     
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Linda McGavin (in blue) on top of an express lift's mechanism housing at Bogus Basin,

where we were taken on a tour.    (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


A FWSA Convention class on how to maintain your equipment.     
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


One of the 4 tables at the Convention reserved for the Northwest delegates.

Jeannie and Ron Reinhardt, Mary Olhausen, Shawn Storey, a Bergfreunde delegate,

and Rod and Becki Robinson (from Eugene).     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Another Northwest table.  You might recognize:

Marilyn Sigler, Bill King, Colleen Stroeder, a man, Alan Bean, and two other women.   (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Alan Bean was not only our Mountain High Man of the Year, but also won

the title of the Northwest Man of the Year.  (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 

Emilio Trampuz won the

Safety Person of the Year Award

mainly for his efforts to establish and mark two safety boundaries on Mt. Hood, to prevent skiers from getting lost. 

(Photo by Linda McGavin)


We won 1st place for our web site

and 2nd place for the newsletter ("Lift Lines").  

(Photo by Catherine Ohl)

 


Winners of all the clubs' communications awards (for newsletters and web sites).

Colleen Stroeder (Skiyente club) is second from the left.

Emilio Trampuz (Mt. High club) is kneeling first on the right.     (Photo by Catherine Ohl)

 

 

 

Mt. High Social & Elections

May 17, 2017.  (Wednesday)

About 48 people enjoyed great food and good company at Famous Dave's in Tualatin.  Among the evening's events:

 

1.  Emilio & Debbi made an announcement about the Safety Boundaries signage.  We requested donation to cover the cost of the project, which amounts to $541 so far (for the signs, the screenprinting ink, the reflective tape for the arrows, the aluminum nails, etc.).  A big thanks to everyone who donated, for a total of $227.

 

2. Debbi and Karen distributed a number of door prizes.

 

3.  The current incumbent Board members were all re-elected unanimously.  They are: Debbi Kor (President), Bill King (Vice-president), and Nancy Pratt (Treasurer).

 

4.  Debbie Geiger volunteered to fill in the spot of the club's Secretary, and was unanimously approved by everyone. She replaces Steve Royce, who has been our Secretary for the past year. Thank you Steve.  And thank you Debbie.

 


Our room at Famous Dave's in Tualatin.  
(Photo by John Davis)

 


Our room at Famous Dave's in Tualatin.  
(Photo by John Davis)

 


Karen Michels, our Membership director, in front of the Safety Boundary signs display.  
(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Debbi Kor and Karen Michels draw door prizes.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Sue Rimkeit won a coffee mug and now it's her turn to draw the next winner.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Debbi and Karen callin the next winner.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Notice all the numerous food dishes on the long table in the backgound!  Yumm!
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Just some of our happy club members:  Alice, Edie, Ron, Steve, Patty, and Gerry.
  (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

Safety boundary signs on Mt. Hood

West of Timberline ski area

April 29,  May 3, May 6, May 13, and May 17,  2017. 
Skiers and snowboarders sometimes ski a bit too far out and get lost in the forest west of Timberline.  If they follow the fall line, it will take them farther and rather away from Timberline and from Government Camp.  To avoid that, Emilio Trampuz and Kay Kinyon have been working with the Forest Service and have obtained permission to place signs along two safety boundaries, identified by color:

 

1. The YELLOW boundary is the farthest you can go and still return to the ski lifts.

2. The RED boundary is the farthest you can go and still return to the Glade Trail and Government Camp.

 

Anyone who skis beyond the red boundary is doomed to spend a cold and wet night in the forest.  If they simply continue going down the fall line, they will eventually reach Kiwanis Camp Road (Road 39), which is  part of the old Mt. Hood highway, but it will take them between 6 and 8 hours to get to the road, slogging through deep snow and having to cross a large stream (or small river) several times. Doing this in ski boots on slippery terrain is not easy.  Hopefully, the new safety signs will help to prevent people from going too far.

 

Emilio and Kay been physically helped in this project by Walt Blomberg, Kurt Krueger, and Bill King, as well as many others who have expressed a desire to help financially, to cover the cost of the materials, the signs, the silkscreen printing, the ink, the aluminum nails, the reflective tapes used to construct the arrows, and more.

 

Marking the boundaries has only just began. Most of the Yellow boundary has been marked, but the red boundary, which is much longer, still requires a lot of work.  Scouting the area and setting up the boundary lines has already taken several years of research (involving both hiking and skiing).  Posting the signs has already taken 3 days and will take at least another 2 or 3 days.  Maintaining the signs will be a constant effort for years to come.

 


Emilio Trampuz and Bill King showing the two boundary signs.   
     (Photo by Nancy Erz)

 


Kay Kinyon posting the first sign, near the remains of the old Timberline Cabin.  
    (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon posting a smaller sign, an arrow.   
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon checking his work..   
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz))

 


Well, you have to clear a small branch or two, to make the arrow more visible!    
    (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay giving it one more whack.   
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon and Mark Engler of the Forest Service   
  (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Mark Engler, Forest Service - West Zone Recreation Program Manager, supervising our sign posting..

(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Mark Engler looking at Kay Kinyon posting a sign..   
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon (behind a tree) and Mark Engler.   
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Emilio Trampuz after just posting a yellow sign.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Emilio posting a sign.  Another sign, another day.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon struggling to reach a suitable spot on a gnarly tree.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay getting hot after so much work.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kau working on another tree and another sign.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Well, this one is done!.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Mark Engler (Forest Service), Emilio Trampuz, Kay Kinyon..  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


This awesome foresome came back 3 days later to fill in some gaps on the Yellow boundary.

Kay Kinyon, Emilio Trampuz, Walt Blomberg, and Bill King.        (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Walt Blomberg clearing some overhanging branches and moss, while Kay Kinyon affixes a sign.

(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Walt and Kay happy this sign is done.   
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay posting the most important red sign at the spot where everyone must exit Little Zig Zag canyon.

(Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


A closer look at the red sign at the beginning of the red boundary, at the "must exit" point in Little Zig Zag canyon.

This sign is on a dead tree at the canyon's east rim, visible from the canyon.        (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Emilio posing with a red sign.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Following the red boundary eventually gets tight in the trees.  Emilio caryiing a backpack.  
     (Photo by Jon Waldum)

 


Emilio posting with a red sign.  
     (Photo by Janis Allen)

 


JOn Waldum shows which way to go. Notice the red arreow behind him.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Jon Waldum with a red arow he just posted.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Jon Waldum, Janis Allen and Tom Rodrigues with a red safety sign.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Hey, Emilio was there too!  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Tracks showing how we exited Sand canyon.  This track is right along the red boundary.  
 (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


When you reach the Glade Trail, simply follow it for 1.5 miles to Government Camp.  
     (Photo by Jon Waldum)

 

 

 

Timberline Adventures

Several weekends and some mid-week days in April and May 2017

 

June 2, 2017.  (Saturday)

This was the last weekend of the Spring season.  The Fusion Pass and Spring Pass are not valid after this weekend.
Many people have quit skiing already, but for a few diehards, it was one more day of fun on the snow. It was a warm day. Lifts opened at 8 am.  At lower elevations, the snow was soft from the beginning. 

 

On Palmer, it was hard and icy, but not for long.  The snow was best around 9:30 - 10:30 am.  After noon, the snow on groomed trails was like skiing mounds of sand.  At that point, it was easier to ski the ungroomed snow.

 


Lisa Miller at the top of the east branch of Zig Zag canyon  
     (Photo by Emilio, with Lisa's smartphone)

 


Emilio near the top of the east branch of Zig Zag canyon (visible below).  
     (Photo by Lisa Miller)

 

When you ski west of Timberline, if you can't see the lifts, follow Mt. Jefferson to get back safely.  (Photo by Lisa Miller)


Lisa climbed to the Illumination Rock saddle.
(Photo by Lisa Miller)

 


Back at the parking lot. End of the day. End of the season.  Till next year!  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuzr)

 

 

May 20, 2017.  (Saturday)

Timberline shifted it's operations by an hour as of this day. Lifts now open at 8 am.
Five people showed on on this sunny day. Typical Spring conditions.  We would have liked to ski under Stormin' Norman early in the morning, while waiting for the snow to soften up at higher elevations.  But all the trails under Stormin' Norman were closed for the first 2 hours, because that is all one giant terrain park that was being salted to harden the snow and prevent it from melting.  So, we skied mainly on the Mile and on Palmer, where the snow softened up beautifully later in the morning.  When we visited Zig Zag canyon, it was still icy, so we didn't go into it, but we did ski Little Zig Zag.

 


Emilio Trampuz, Janis Allen, Mike Barmache, and George Yun on the Magic Mile lift.  
     (Photo by George Yun)

 


George Yun climbed higher than the rest of us, almost as far as the Hogsback.  
  (Photo by George Yun)

 


Kay Kinyon a little above Zig Zag canyon.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay and Emilio in Little Zig Zag canyon.  
     (Photo by George Yun)

 


Kay Kinyon found a marmot next to this rock, just a little west of the Magic Mile.  
     (Photo by Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

May 6, 2017.  (Saturday)
Only 4 people showed on on this beautiful day.  We skied the whole skiable length of Little Zig Zag canyon, much lower than most people ever ski, but we got our of the canyon just in time to return to the Glade trail and then to Government Camp.  We had lunch at the High Mountain Cafe in Govy, then carpooled back up to Timberline, to all the way up to the top of the Palmer chair, briefly visited Zig Zag canyon, and then back to the groomed slopes.  It was so much fun that we barely noticed that it was almost closing time! 

 


Kay Kinyon, Jan Moore, and Wendy Rust in Little Zig Zag canyon.   
    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Jan Moore cuts fresh tracks in Little Zig Zag canyon. Wendy are Kay are visible in the distance.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Wendy Rust in Little Zig Zag canyon.  Jan's arm is on the left and Kay Kinyon is in the upper right of the picture.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Jan Moore, Kay Kinyon, and Emilio Trampuz in Little Zig Zag canyon   
    (Photo from Wendy Rust)

 


We finally exited Little Zig Zag canyon at this spot.  We skied over a mile in the canyon.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Well, the photographer needs to be in the picture sometimes too!   
    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon (in green) and Jan Moore on the Glade Trail. 
    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Wendy Rust on the Glade Trail.  Jan is further back in the photo.   
    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kay Kinyon crossing westward above the top of the Palmer lift.  
    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

April 21, 2017.  (Friday)
It has been raining during the past week, but Friday turned out to be sunny and warm. Lots of our club members skied on this day, both at Meadows and at Timberline, but comparatively few skied together. Emilio skied with some of the Mt. Hood Ski Kats during the morning, but nobody wanted to ski into Little Zig Zag canyon, so Emilio skied it by himself, first inside the canyon and later a run along the eastern rim.

 

Winds normally blow from the west, so the western rim develops large cornices.  But this time, the wind was blowing from the east.  so the eastern rim developed some hints of cornices, thus making it a bit more difficult to exit the canyon in the usual fashion.

 


Only a single set of fresh tracks along the eastern rim of Little Zig Zag canyon.  Almost nobody skis here!

Plenty of untouched snow!        (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Exiting Sand canyon toward the Glade Trail. 
    (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

 

April 15, 2017.  (Saturday)
A perfectly sunny day after several days of snow.  There was a fresh carpet of about 2 or 3 inches of new snow on the ground. The snow was perfect until about 2 pm, when it got too warm and the snow became grabby in some places. About 14 people showed up, but we somehow never managed o connect with 3 of them.  So, eleven of us skied together as a group. We skied mostly on groomed trails, with only an occasional brief side-trip into some powder. Only on the last run of the day, Lisa and Emilio dropped into Little Zig Zag canyon. Oh, and we also met the new Bruno!!!!

 


Kim Nylund (Timberline's Sales Manager) shows off Timberline's new mascot Bruno (a St. Bernard puppy).

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Timberline adventure:    Emilio, Marie, Bob, John, Karen, Jeannie, and Bill.  
  (Photo from Lisa Miller)

We were later joined by Clary, Susan, and Buck.

 


Timberline adventure:   Our photographer, Lisa Miller, with Mt. Jefferson in the background.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Timberline adventure:   Emilio just entered Little Zig Zag canyon. Lisa took this picture from the rim..

 (Photo from Lisa Miller)

 


Timberline adventure:    Lisa Miller pushing off into the canyon, about to jump over the cornice.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Timberline adventure:    Lisa Miller at the point of no return, launching over the cornice into Little Ziag Zag..

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Timberline adventure:      Lisa Miller flying into the canyon.      (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Timberline adventure:    Lisa Miller
just dropped 10 feet in less than a second.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Timberline adventure:    Lisa Miller still dropping into the canyon.

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Timberline adventure:    Lisa Miller safely in Little Zig Zag canyon.  Now, how do we get out?

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Timberline adventure:    Emilio in Little Zig Zag canyon.

(Photo from Lisa Miller)

 

 

 

April 9, 2017.  (Sunday)
Another sunny break between days of snow and rain. It has been colder for a while and approximately 3 inches of fresh dry and fluffy snow covered eveything.  Some of the best powder conditions in a long time.  So, we skied the Alpine trail all the way down to Government Camp, ending at the Summit ski area.  We took the Mt. Hood Express bus back to Timberline. On the bus, we connected with Lisa Miller.  After that, we made several runs on the Mountaineer trail and the whole are between the Mountaineer and Kruser trails. 


Timberline adventure:  Re-grouping on the Kruser trail, after skiing out of bounds. 
 

Nancy Erz, Kay, Bill K,  Emilio,  Sandra K, and Lisa.  (Photo taken by Sandra's son Bryce)

 


Timberline adventure:   Sandra Kaufman on the Mountaineer trail.
  (Photo from Lisa Miller)

The Mountaineer trail is a summer hiking trail. In the winter, it is just a big snowy meadow west of Kruser.

 


Timberline adventure, near the old Timberline cabin.  Kay, Emilio, Sandra, and Lisa.
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

The powder was great!

 

 

April 2, 2017.  (Sunday)
This was a nice sunny day, but it had rained the day before and the ungroomed snow was a sheet of ice, so we stayed on groomed slopes this time.  The photo below was taken after we had just made a few turns under Stormin Norman.


Timberline adventure:   Emilio, John Yoo, Jon Waldum, and Bob Burns.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

March 23, 2017. 
One of our first Spring adventures.  A Timberline Spring Pass cost $119 for 3 months of skiing (March, April, and May)

 


Bill King cuts up some fresh powder on the upper part of the Brother Beau trail.
  (Photo from Kurt Wilke)

 


Timberline adventure: Buck Scheffler, Susan McNulty, Bill King, Emilio Trampuz, Nancy Erz.
 (Photo from Kurt Wilke)

 


Timberline adventure:  Bill King and Emilio Trampuz
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure:  Emilio Trampuz  and Bill King at the site of the former Timberline Cabin.

(Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure:  Nancy Erz just skied down the Mountaineer trail
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure:  Kurt Wilke at the site of the former Timberline Cabin,
with the Mountaineer trail behind him.    
(Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure into Little Zig Zag canyon.   Kurt Wilke and Emilio Trampuz
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure:  Entering Little Zig Zag canyon.   Emilio Trampuz and Kurt Wilke.
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure:   Emilio in Little Zig Zag canyon. 
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Timberline adventure:   Kurt Wilke in Little Zig Zag canyon.  
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

Just 2 ski tracks are there: Emilio's and Kurt's.

 


Timberline adventure into Little Zig Zag canyon.  
  (Photo from Kurt Wilke)

This bend in the canyon means we are already too low on the mountain to return to the ski lifts.

We are now heading toward Government Camp.

 


Timberline adventure:  Exiting the diagonal shortcut from Sand Canyon and emerging onto the Gladte Trail.
From here, it's only another 1.5 miles to Government Camp along the relatively easy Glade trail.

(Photo from Kurt Wilke)

 

 

 

PACRAT Race 5 and Tailgate party

at Timberline

April 1, 2017 (Sunday). 
It was a little icy in the morning, but otherwise a splendid day.  Lots of fun racing.  This was followed by a wonderful tailgate party with several people cooking or warming up their food on portable gas stoves.  Lots of food, drinks, fresh fruit, and desserts.  Racers who skipped the party missed out on a lot of good stuff, plus all the socializing.


Last PACRAT race or the season at Timberline.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Last PACRAT race or the season at Timberline.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Last PACRAT race or the season at Timberline.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Last PACRAT race or the season at Timberline.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Last PACRAT race or the season at Timberline.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Last PACRAT race or the season at Timberline.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Tailgate party in Timberline's parking lot, after the last PACRAT race or the season.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

 

NASTAR National Championships

Several weekends in April and May 2017

March 23 - 26, 2017. 
The annual NASTAR National Championships were held in Steamboat, Colorado.  Several people who had pre-qualified from Oregon participated.   Thanks to Gary Gunderson for the pictures.

Four of our PACRAT racers came away with great results and a lot of hardware at this year’s NASTAR Nationals.

Alice Jackelet : Gold Nastar National Slalom Champion 75-79 yrs Platinum, plus Silver (2nd) Nastar National Championship GS and 3rd Place Friends Team Gold Division (Team Avalanche Express). She’s defying age- getting faster every year.

Ward Jagels actually smoked the field and came away with the National Championship in Platinum GS 65-69 yrs and 3rd Place Friends Team Gold Division (Team Avalanche Express).

Kyle Bigbee (first year racing Pacrats) skied very well and podiumed with a 3rd Place (Bronze ) in the 41-45 yr Gold Division GS at Nastar Nationals as well as a 3rd Place finish in the Friends Team Gold Division (Team Avalanche Express).

Gary Gunderson skied well but didn’t podium in the Platinum GS 55-59 yr category but also placed 3rd in the Friends Team Gold Division (Team Avalanche Express).

They all had a great time and met a lot of new friends as well.


Ward and Debbie Jagels

NASTAR National Championships  

(Photo from Gary Gunderson)


Alice Jacklet

NASTAR National Championships   

(Photo from Gary Gunderson)

 


Debbie Jagels at the NASTAR National Championships
  (Photo from Gary Gunderson)

 


Alice Jacklet in action.
   (Photo from www.ShredHood.org)

 


The Avalanche Express team at the NASTAR National Championships
  (Photo from Gary Gunderson)

 


The Avalanche Express team at the NASTAR National Championships
  (Photo from Gary Gunderson)

 

Read more, especially about "Super Alice", on the Shred Hood web site at:

http://shredhood.org/sports/racing/adult-racing/1035-super-alice-jacklet-earns-first-and-second-at-nastar-nationals

 

 

 

Leavenworth trip

to Mission Ridge (WA) and Stevens Pass (WA)

March 17  ̶  19, 2017. 
We have done this trips several times before in previous years, so this time, the bus was only about half full, which gave everyone plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable.

 

In Leavcenworth, after checking into our hotel, the Obetal Inn, some of us visited with John and Jewel Andrew, and heard from John about his latest skiing adventures in the Peace River valley in Alberta, and also in Alaska.  You can read more about their efforts to ski all of North America in an article on our web site at: http://www.mthigh.org/Articles/Skiing-North-America.pdf

 

On Saturday, we skied at Mission Ridge.  We hardly felt any wind on the slopes, but there were gusts of high wind at the top of the mountain, which prevented the main Liberator Express chair from running almost all day, which was very unusual.  They finally opened that lift around 2 pm, so at least some of us got at least one ride on it to the top and saw the remains of the wing from an old B-24 bomber that crashed into the mountain in 1944, while on a training mission.  Thankfully, there was plenty of terrain served by the other chairlifts, and even chair 4 was open.

 

On Saturday evening, we had a goup dinner at the Andreas Keller restaurant in Leavenworth.  Everyone agreed the food and service there was excellent, beer than at King Ludwig's where we had dined at on previous trips to Leavenworth.

 

Sunday, we skied at Stevens Pass, with beautiful sunny weather.  This time, we spread out all over the mountain, skiing in smaller groups, and the ski area was large enough that we hardly ever bumped into each other. At the end of the day, on the last run, Emilio found a totally new, unmarked but groomed trail on the back side that is not even shown on the map.

 

Thanks to Bruce McGavin, Ron Best, and Emilio Trampuz for contributing their photos here.


The Obertal Inn in Leavenworth. This is where we stayed.  And that's our chartered bus.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Brightly list streets of Leavenworth
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Emilio and Kay Kinyon watch as John Andrew shows a map of his latest ski adventures in the far north:

 (Photo from Ron Best)

 

Dave Misitano, Emilio Trampuz, John Andrew, Kay Kinyon and Ron Best.  (Photo from Emilio's camera)

 


Dave Misitano, Emilio Trampuz, John Andrew, Kay Kinyon and Ron Best.  (Photo from Emilio's camera)

 


Dave Misitano, Emilio Treampuz and John Andrew during the Leavenworth trip:
  (Photo from Emilio's camera)

 


Mission Ridge:  Kay Kinyon braves a very steep slope.  Ron Best is just behind the lip ahead of him.
 

(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


The bomber wing at Mission Ridge.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


The Bomber Cliffs at Mission Ridge, during the Leavenworth trip:
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Leavenworth welcoming sign
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Leavenworth at night.  The Andreas Keller restaurant is within this block.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Leavenworth trip:  Dinner at the Andreas Keller Restaurant.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Leavenworth trip:  Dinner at the Andreas Keller Restaurant.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


John Andrew and his family with Linda McGavin:
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Leavenworth trip:  Steven Pass
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Debbie Geiger at Steven Pass
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)


Debbie Geiger at Steven Pass
   (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Nancy Pratt, Pat Savage, and Nancy Erz at Stevens Pass, Leavenworth trip
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Stevens Pass
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Stevens Pass   (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

Stevens Pass   (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


At the top of Stevens Pass.  View of Mt. Stuart.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

 

Powder Alliance trip

to Whitewater (BC) and Schweitzer Mt. (ID)

February 25  ̶  March 4, 2017. 
Approximately 48 people participated in this trip, most of them on the bus but also two couples driving their own cars. The participants were a mixed group of Mountain High people, Mt. Hood Ski Kats, and Bergfreunde club members.

 

On the first day, we rode our chartered bus to the charming town of Nelson, British Columbia. We had excellent fresh and dry snow at Whitewater  (BC), where we skied the first 3 days.  The snow was so light that several people tried skiing in ungroomed snow and trees for the first time.

 

By the time we moved to Sandpoint, Idaho and skied on Schweitzer Mountain, temperatures had warmed up somewhat and the ungroomed snow was heavier and wetter, but the groomers were good.  We had low clouds at Schweitzer all three days, which meant skiing through fog when crossing from the front to the back of the mountain, where there was much less fog.

 

There was a lot of terrain to explore and everyone had a good time. We'll revisit both Whitewater and Schweitzer again some time in the near future. 

 

Thanks to the following people for contributing their photos to this collection (in alphabetical order of their first names):  Bruce McGavin, Buck Scheffler, Dave Hiebert, Emilio Trampuz, George Yun, John Yoo, and Nancy Erz

 


Whitewater -- Linda McGavin, Stevie Viaene, Ron Neve, and a bunch of others..
 (Photo from George Yun)

 


Whitewater -- The Glory Ridge chairlift.  Looking down toward te access road.
 (Photo from George Yun)

 


Terry Swan dancing in the trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from George Yun)

 


The snow was deep at Whitewater.  Is this Robert?
 (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 

The parrot with a season pass to Whitewater.


Kristine and Scott at Whitewater.

(Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Sandra Kaugman and Robert Brockmeyer.

 (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

Kay Kinyon and Sandra Kaufman.

(Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Linda McGavin and George Yun at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Blue waterfall at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Nancy Erz at  Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy's camera)

 


Whitewater.

With Ymir mountain in the background.

(Photo from Nancy Erz)


Yummy chocolate desert at the Irish Pub.

A mousse with orange and hazelnut

(Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Emilio and Nancy at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Emilio taking a picture of Nancy at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Emilio and Nancy at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Buck Scheffler, John Yoo, Clary, Susan McNulty, Gene Dohn, and Nancy Erz

at Whitewater.  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Emilio, Clary, Karen, Manus, and Bill at Whitewater.
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


On the evening of the second day of skiing Whitewater, we visited Ainsworth Hot Springs.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


The "Suumit "side of Whitewater, as seen from the Silver King side.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Ymir peak hidden in the clouds on the left, as seen from he Yankee girl trail.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 

Karen Michels at Whitewater.  (Photo from Nancy Erz)


Nancy Erz at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Laura, Sara, Karen, Martha, and Molly at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Concentrator Trees at Whitewater, where many became tree skiers fore the first time.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Concentrator Trees a bit lower down the slope at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Entry into Concentrator Trees.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

Karen in  Concentrator Trees.  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Nancy Erz skiing the Concentrator Trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Clary and Nancy Erz skiing the Concentrator Trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


John Yoo skiing the Concentrator Trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Karen Michels skiing the Concentrator Trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Karen Michels and John Yooin  the Concentrator Trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Karen and John in the Concentrator Trees at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

Notice the powder around Karen's skis.

 


Kurt Krueger and others on the Buckshot trail on the back side of Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


The day lodge at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Clary, Dave, Karen, Nancy, and John at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Karen, Nancy, Clary and John at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kurt Wilke, Karen Michels, John Yoo, Nancy Erz and Clary at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kurt Wilke, Karen Michels, Emilio Trampuz, Nancy Erz, and Clary at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Kurt, Clary, John, and Nancy on the Sluice Box trail at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


One last good-bye shot at Whitewater.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

 

Schweitzer Mountain

 


Schweitzer Mt. -- Susan McNulty skiing down the Great Divide ridge, with Lake Pend Oreille in the distance.

(Photo from Buck Scheffler)

 

Emilio at Schweitzer Mt.   (Photo from Dave Hiebert)


Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Dave Hiebert)

 

Emilio and Dave at Schweitzer.

(Photo from Dave Hiebert)


Emilio and Dave at Schweitzer Mt.
 (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Schweitzer Mt. village, Lake Pend Oreille,

and Susan McNulty, Buck Scheffle, Ron Neve, and John Yoo on the chairlift.  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Nancy Erz and the invisible man at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Dave Hiebert and Nancy Erz at the top of the Basin lift at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Dave Hiebert)

 


Enjoying the hot tub after a day at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from John Yoo)

 


A bunch of us on the last and foggiest day at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from George Yun)

 


Our advanced group at Schweitzer Mt.

Robert Brockmeyer, Bruce McGavin, George Yun, Walt Blomberg and Kay Kinyon  (Photo from George Yun)

 


Two happy Koreans - John Yoo and George Yun, - at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from George Yun)

 


John Yoo at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from George Yun)

 


Stevie Viaene charging down Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from George Yun)

 


Walt Blomberg at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Stevie Viaene at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


George Yun at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


View of Lake Pend Oreille at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

George Yun and Walt Blomberg in the foreground.

 


George Yun at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Malcolm Macdonald, Laura Erickson, and Molly Kohnstamm at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Stieveie Viane and L:inda McGavin at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Walt Blomberg, Sandra Kaufman, and Robert Brockmeyer at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Bruce McGavin)

 


Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Nancy Erz at Schweitzer Mt., with Lake Pend Oreille in the backgound.
  (Photo from Nancy Erz)

 


Susan McNulty, Bick Scheffler, John Yoo, Ron Neve, Clary, and Bill King at Schweitzer. 
(Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


This is less than half of our group at the top of the Stella chairlift at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Loading the bus after the last day at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Colleen Myers wearing a most creative hat.
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Marie McLean and Manus O'Donnell admiring Colleen's hat.  
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


All the Mens go here.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)


All the Womens go here.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Scott Anderson appears very tired on the last day at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

He is wearing a hat with a scull drawn on it, and he's resting his head on the table.

 


Some of our men enjoying a dring\k on our last day at Schweitzer..
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


So, where will you be this afternoon?  At the Mahogany Ridge (i.e. in the bar).
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Bob and Tonya Voss and Lana Rulien at Schweitzer Mt.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

The The group that was on the bus, on the return trip home   (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Telling jokes on the bus.  Malcolm just told a good one..
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Bill, Robert, and Sandra, listening to another joke.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Marie telling a joke.
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Not sure who told this one, but it was funny! 
  (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 


Manus O'Donnell tells a joke.  Everybody was in a good mood
 (Photo from Emilio Trampuz)

 

As the Whitewater rap song says: "Fresh Powder puts you in a good mood!"

 

 

Chocolate Party

February 18, 2017. 
Great desserts, great company.  What's there not to like!  This year, 22 of our club members attended.  Thanks to Brad and Terry Swan for hosting this party at their home.

Debbi Kor led us into a game centered around things we have done and things we have never ever done.

Lots of people brought all kinds of chocolate desserts, and we enjoyed them greatly. The following people won prizes:

1.  The most Chocolaty dessert - Joanne Lindberg.

2.  The most Decadent - Chris Moon and Kurt Krueger.

3.  The Healthiest - Linda McGavin - for a gluten free and sugar free dessert.

 


Kurt Krueger bringing the cake that eventually won as "the most decadent".
 (Photo from Emilio)

 


Linda McGavin's Gluten free and Sugar free Chocolate Mouse Tart.
  (Photo from Emilio)

 


Just some of the desserts on display.  Not everyone has arrived yet.
  (Photo from Emilio)

 


More desserts show up! 
  (Photo from Emilio)

 


Crystal, Patty, and Linda enjoying some appetizers and wine.
  (Photo from Emilio)

 


Even more desserts got added to the table.  
(Photo from Emilio)

 


Debbi Kor led us into a game of "I have never ever ...."
 (Photo from Emilio)

 


Debbi explains the game.
  (Photo from Emilio)

 


Terry Swan announces the most decadent dessert winner.
  (Photo from Emilio)

This year everyone participated in the judging.

 


Chris Moon and Kurt Krueger won in the Most Decadent category. 
 (Photo from Emilio)

 


Joanne Lindberg won in the most chocolaty category. 
 (Photo from Emilio)

 


Teryy and Joanne  
 (Photo from Emilio)

 


Linda won in the Healthiest category.  
  (Photo from Emilio)

The prize was a talking monkey that mimics everything you say.  Terry and Linda laugh at the monkey.

 


The monkey always says the right thing! 
  (Photo from Emilio)

 

 

Hosting the "Sanctuary" Ski Club from Chicago

February 8 - 10, 2017. 
Debbie Geiger (our club member who recently moved back to Portland from Chicago) organized a ski trip for members of her Chicago ski club to Mt. Hood.
Emilio helped host them at Timberline on Wednesday, where the powder snow was excellent in the morning, but it turned to rain in the afternoon. 

Kay Kinyon helped to host them at Meadows on Thursday.  Kay deserves special kudos for taking the time and energy to give people a tour of Mt. Hood Meadows in very bad weather, with wind and pouring rain.


Finally, on Friday, at Mt. Hood Skibowl, they got better weather, good enough to be able to see Mt. Hood, though still partially enveloped in clouds.

 


Members of the Sanctuary Ski Club from Chicago in the Meadows Performance Shop
 (Photo from: Debbie Geiger)

 


Sanctuary Ski Club members from Chicago at Mt. Hood Skibowl
   (Photo from: Debbie Geiger)

 


Sanctuary Ski Club members from Chicago at Mt. Hood Skibowl.
    (Photo from: Debbie Geiger)

 

 

 

Silver Star

A Powder Alliance ski resort

February 5 - 7, 2017. 
So, what do you do if you have a Fusion Pass this year?  Well, you sign up for our Powder Alliance trip to Whitewater and Schweitzer, so you can enjoy 3 days of free skiing at each of them, for a total of 6 days of free skiing.  But, why stop there?  Why not make use of your pass at more ski areas that are part of the Powder Alliance?  One of them will be Stevens Pass, which is part of the Leavenworth trip in March, but we'll be there for just one day.

 

The obvious other destination is Silver Star, which we have visited last winter.  It's great destination.  So, why not do it again and enjoy another 3 days of free skiing?   That's exactly what several of our members decided to do.  It wans't an official club trip.  It was more informal and private.  But the group sent us some nice pictures, so let's check them out here.  Part of the group were Karen Michels, Terry Swan, Lana Rulien, Marie McLean, Kurt Krueger, and Kurt Wilke.

 


Terry Swan, Karen Michels, and Marie McLean at the top of Silver Star
.  (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Karen, Marie, Kurt K, Terry, Lana, and Kurt W.
 (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


One of the snow sculptures at Silver Star. 
 (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 

 

 

Mystery Trip

49º North and Mt. Spokane

January 19 - 22, 2017.  (Thursday - Sunday)
A total of 47 people participated in this trip.  They trusted us to take them some place fun, without knowing exactly where.  On the bus, we played a few tricks on everyone.  When the bus first turned south, we told everyone we were going to the LaBrea Tar Pits (near Los Angeles) and we showed a video about that place.

 

When the bus turned eastward, we announced we'll visit Ferguson Ridge (a very nice ski area in eastern Oregon) and Dixie Summit (just a rope tow a few miles east of Prairie City, Oregon) and we showed a video about Kurt Wilke and Emilio Trampuz visiting those places earlier this winter. (See photos much lower down on this page.)

 

Because I-84 was closed due to icy conditions, we had to drive to Hood River around Mt. Hood on highways 26 and 35.  So, when the bus turned north toward Hood River, we announced we will ski at the Leavenworth Ski Hill, a place with just two rope towns (a beginner and an advanced one) and we showed a video about it.

 

Finally, it was revealed that we were going to Spokane, Washington and that we'll ski two days at 49 Degrees North and one day at Mt. Spokane.  Some people had never even heard of these ski areas, and even those that had heard about them mostly didn't know that 49º North is the 2nd largest ski area in Washington, right after Crystal Mountain.

 

We stayed all 3 nights at a La Quinta Hotel in North Spokane, within walking distance of many restuarants.

 

At 49 Degrees North, we got about half a foot of fresh powder the night before. This was great for our powder skiers, but not so good for those who prefer staying on groomed runs. The groomed trials were groomed the evening before we arrived and they got more snow on top of them during the night.  Everyone on this trip became a powder skier! Fortunately, the powder was light and dry.

 

See a short video of this trip here.

 


Nancy Pratt - our club treasurer - on the bus.  (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

 


Emilio wearing a pharao's outfit, provided by Rich Horner, our Director of the Department of Intereswting Hats.

 

Right:  Emilio wearing a large sombrero in the Fiesta Mexican restaurant in Pasco, WA, on our return drive to Portland.

Someone had told the restaurant that it was Emilio's birthday.    (Photo by: Mark)

 


Moniquea and Rich on the bus  (Photo by: Rich Horner)

Rich Horner playing the guitar  (Photo by: Tom Rodrigues)

 


Emilio with one of Rich's funny hats on the b
us 

(Photo by: Tom Rodrigues))


Rich Horner on the chairlift.
 

(Photo by: Rich Horner)

 


Oart of our group at Angel Peak ay 49º North)

(Photo by: Rich Horner))


Carved face in the tree. Arm holding a bell.  We rang this bell for luck.
At 59º North.               (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


We had some fog on this trip, but also some sunshine.  This is 49º North.
  (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


Loren, a local ski host, showed us a second bell to ring. This one much closer to the base lodge. Many of us lined up to ring it.

(Photo by: Terri Irland)


             (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


(Photo by: Terri Irland)


             (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


(Photo by: Terri Irland)


             (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


(Photo by: Terri Irland)


             (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


(Photo by: Terri Irland)


     Back on the bus, with Emilio and the funny hat.

(Photo by: Nancy Erz)

 


We found a Moose in the day lodge at 49º North  (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


One more moose shot!    (Photo by: Terri Irland)

 


And one more with the moose.
  (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


At 49º North, we found a grove full of crosses with names of people who had died.  
 (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


At 49º North, we found a grove full of crosses with names of people who had died.  
 (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

 


Michele next to a tree with 3 crosses.
  (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

 


There were crosses on trees all around
us     (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

 


This young lady was only 19 years old.        (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

 


Lisa looking at a
nother 2 crosses.        (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

 


Emilio on Silver Ridge at 49º North.      (Photo by: Manus O'Donnell)

 


Part of our group
on Silver Ridge at 49º North.      (Photo by: Manus O'Donnell)

 


Ron Neve at 49º North.  
 (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


At 49º North, we found a grove full of crosses with names of people who had died.  
  (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Karen Michels at  49º North  
  (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Nancy Erz at 49º North.   
 (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Kurt Wilke took a selfie at 49º North, with Angel Peak in the background.  Notice the sunshine! 
  (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Nancy Erz at 49º North, on the Mahre's Gold trail  
   (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Part of our group at 49º North, near the bottom of the hill. 
  (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 


Lunch at 49º North
      (Photo by: Mark)

 


Lunch at 49º North
        (Photo by: Mark)

 


Lunch at 49º North
      (Photo by: Mark)

 


Lunch at 49º North
      (Photo by: Mark)

 


Lunch at 49º North
      (Photo by: Mark)

 


Lunch at 49º North
      (Photo by: Mark)

 


The fog cleared, and we saw blue sky and sunshine at 49º North
      (Photo by: Mark)

 


The 7 Deadly Sins (aka: "Cy's Glades") at 49º North
      (Photo by: Emilio Trampuz)

This is a composite of several photos taken in 2006, when all these monks' faces were more easily visible.

Now, 11 years later, only 2 of these are easily found.  The others are covered by ever growing branches.

These faces mark different entrances to the glades.  The general idea is:  "Chose your sin and ski it."

 


Michele Gunness skiing one of the 7 Deadly Sins (aka: "Cy's Glades") at 49º North
      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Linda McGavin skiing one of the 7 Deadly Sins (aka: "Cy's Glades") at 49º North      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Blaise Dagilaitis at 49º North      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Blaise Dagilaitis at 49º North      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Kurt Krueger sank up to his waist in soft snow. A little beyond Cy's Glades at 49º North      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Linda McGavin skiing one of the 7 Deadly Sins (aka: "Cy's Glades") at 49º North      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Terry Swan skiing one of the 7 Deadly Sins (aka: Cy's Glades) at 49º North      (Photo by: Bruce McGavin)

 

Part of our group on the back side of Mt. Spokane.  There was no fog there.    (Photo by: Marie McLean)

 

Part of our group on the back side of Mt. Spokane.      (Photo by: Marie McLean)

 

Part of our group on the back side of Mt. Spokane.  There was no fog there.    (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 

 

Kurt Wilke, Marie McLEan, Emilio Trampuz

(Photo by: Marie McLean)

Lunch at Mt. Spokane

(Photo by: Marie McLean)

 

 

Kurt Wilke, Marie McLEan, Emilio Trampuz

(Photo by: Marie McLean)

Lunch at Mt. Spokane

(Photo by: Marie McLean)

 

 

Kurt Krueger, Tom Rodrigues, and Kay Kinyon

(Photo by: Marie McLean)

 

Lunch at Mt. Spokane:  John Yoo, Clary DeRemer, Manus and Sara O'Donnell

(Photo by: Nancy Erz)

 

Vista House at the top of Mt. Spokane was bathed in sunshine.    (Photo by: Mark)

 


Emilio at the Fiesta Mexican restaurant in Pasco, our dinner stop on the drive back home.  
 (Photo by: Kurt Wilke)

 

See a short video of this trip here.

 

 

 

Sundogs and Powder at Mt. Hood Meadows

January 12, 2017.  (Thursday)
Bruce and Linda McGavin had a great day at Mt. Hood Meadows, with a perfect combination of sunshine and powder. They were skiing with Walt Blomberg, Kay Kinyon, Mark, and Mike Ferrell in the morning. Kurt Krueger caught up with them after lunch.. 

 

They had several nice long untracked powder runs off of Vista, as well as in Heather Canyon, which was open off of Shooting Star. Somewhere along the wayu, they got separated from the group, and that's when they paused to take most of these pictures.


We had a nice long untracked powder run down South Forty, off of Vista.

After several trips down we came across this twin "sun dog" refraction ahead of us

 


Linda doing figure 8s against Bruce's ski tracks.

 


Bruce McGavin scoping up the slope.

 


Bruce in deep pow! 

 


Bruce making his mark in fresh powder.

 

 

 

Road trip to Hidden Gems

in Eastern Oregon & Washington

December 29, 2016 - January 1, 2017.
Kurt Wilke and Emilio Trampuz went on a road trip to eastern Oregon and Washington to visit some hidden gems in an effort to ski all of Oregon and all of Washington. We visited the following 4 ski areas:

 

1.  Spout Springs, Oregon.  This area is now closed (at least temporarily) due to unsafe conditions in the parking lot which has been overwhelmed with snowmobilers, making it unsafe for skiers. Still, Emilio decided to clib the ski hill and take at least one run.  We had both skied here in previous years.


The top of the lift at Spout Springs.  I started climbing around 3 pm, after a long drive from Salem.

By the time I reached the top, it was close to sunset on one of the shortest days of the year.

 


These are my tracks in the snow after skiing down the slope in the background.  - Photo: Emilio Trampuz

 

 

2.  Bluewood, Washington.  Great powder day here. About 4 inches of fresh snow on top some of some earlier powder. It seems it's always a powder day at Bluewood!


Emilio Trampuz and Kurt Wilke at Bluewood ski area, Washington.

 


Emilio enjoying the powder at Bluewood.       Photo by Kurt Wilke

 

 

3.  Ferguson Ridge, Oregon.  What a pleasant surprise. This place offers more terrain than expected. It has a full ski patrol, an expensive grooming snow-cat, a warming hut with food, a ski shop, great snow, wonderful sunshine, and all this for just a $20 lift ticket.  Best deal in Oregon. We'd ski here more often.  Pity it's so far away.


Relaxed atmosphere at Ferguson Ridge. Relaxed kid.  Relaxed dog guarding Emilio's skis.

 


Ferguson Ridge T-bar.  Beautiful sunshine and excellent snow.

 


Kurt Wilke and Emilio Trampuz in front of the day lodge / eatery at Ferguson Ridge.

 


Kurt holding up a bumper sticker:  "Ski Fergi - Where 2 inches feels like 6".

 

 

4.  Dixie Summit, also known as the Dixie Butte Rope Tow.  The smallest ski area in Oregon, with lift tickets just $5 per day, or a $35 season pass.  The rope tow is an advanced tow, meaning it gets steep near the top.


Our two Subarus were the only cars in the Dixie Summit parking lot. This was January 1st, 2017.

 


Kurt Wilke and Emilio Trampuz at Dixie Butte Rope Tow (aka Dixie Summit)

 

  See a video summarizing the whole road trip and all 4 ski areas at:

https://youtu.be/_1um1M3o56w

 

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Crowds?  What crowds?

December 17, 2016 (Saturday).
People often say: "We ski only on weekends. We don't want to deal with the weekend crowds."  Sound reasonable. But, wait!   What crowds are we talking about?   There are no crowds?

 

Check out these pictures from a recent Saturday at Timberline.  This was the day that Timberline organized a Winter Kickoff Party, with contests, giveaways, demos, live music, .... and even a free wax on your skis or boards. You might expect a big crowd. Something to avoid. Right?  But how wrong you would be. There were no crowds at all.  The parking lot was full to the brim.  But the slopes were half empty.  See for yourself

 

In fact, when you go skiing mid-week, you have to deal with heavy commuter traffic, people driving to work, people driving home from work.  By comparison, early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, the roads are empty, the driving a pleasure.


Parking lot was full. A bit of fog in the air, but also some blue sky.

 


The only opening in the parking lot is the mandatory driveway at the bottom of the parking lot.

 


Jeff Flood Express lift, one of the most popular ones, around 10 am.   Where are the crowds?

 


Bill King in the lift line at the Jeff Flood Express around 10:30 am.  Where is the lift line?

 


No lines at the Stomin' Norman lift around 1:30 pm.

Man, it's hard to go skiing on a Saturday!  Those crowds are horrible!!!!

 

 

Stormy day turns sunny

December 10, 2016 (Saturday).
Many people didn't show up ths Saturday because the weather forecast had predicted a stormy, windy and snowy day. But the mountain creates its own weather.  In fact, there were blue skies all the way from Sandy to way past Mt. Hood. All morning was sunny.  Then we noticed some clouds around the top of Mt. Hood resembling a lenticular cloud, which usually indicates a change in weather.  Sure enough, the mountain was eventually enveloped in fog.  But the day was still calm with no win at all.   Those who didn't show up missed a fantastic day.

 

Our little group consisted of Lisa Miller, Kurt Wilke, Marie McLean, and Emilio TrampuzJohn Davis was on the mountain too, but we couldn't find him.  For a few runs we connected and skied with another group consisting of Alan and Beth Parskeva, Sylvia Kearns, John Orefice, and Dan Lane.

 


Lisa Miller took this photo of Mt. Hood from the Jeff Flood Express lift    
Photo by Lisa Miller.

 


"Where is everybody?  - asked Beth, Dan, and Sylvia.    
Photo from Sylvia Kearns.

 


Emilio and Sylvia     
Photo by Sylvia Kearns

Lisa Miller on the first run of the day.  Photo from Lisa Miller

 


Emilio Trampuz with Timberline Lodge in the background.    
Photo by Lisa Miller.

 


Kurt Wilke with Mt. Hood in the background.     
Photo from Kurt Wilke.

 


Marie McLean     
Photo by Kurt Wilke.

 


Emilio Trampuz, Marie McLean, and  Lisa Miller approaching the bottom of Molly's lift.     
Photo by Kurt Wilke.

 


Kurt, Emilio, Marie, and Lisa.     
Photo by Kurt Wilke.

 


Kurt Wilke, Marie McLean, and Lisa Miller,       
Photo from Kurt Wilke's camera.

 


Kurt Wilke and Marie McLean.   
Photo by Kurt Wilke.

 

 

 

First day of the season at Timberline

December 4, 2016 (Sunday).
This Sunday was a really interesting day at Timberline. We experienced all kinds of different snow conditions. It snowed all morning, but after lunch, the snow stopped and we even got some sunshine and patches of blue sky!  There's already 4 feet of snow on the slopes of Timberline, and much more snow is on the way all of this coming week.


The snow was deep and powdery. This was Nancy Erz's first powder day! On our first run of the day, we hit some totally untracked snow on Pete’s Plunder, and Nancy managed to execute perfect figure 8s in the snow against Kurt’s tracks.


Even though the day started off as cloudy, windy and snowy, and lots of rain in Porltand, it was amazing to see so many people come up to Timberline. The parking lot had completely filled up, including the overflow parking at the lower level. As we rode on Molly’s chairlift, we watched a long line of cars on Timberline Road standing still, bumper to bumper. Good thing we arrived early and beat most of that crowd.


Later in the day, we crossed paths with Jon Waldum (a Cascade Ski Club member who has joined us on a couple of trips in the recent past). And finally we ran into Lisa Miller, who came up a little later in the day and was looking for us.


Lisa came up on the Mt. Hood Express bus. Just $2 for the ride up to Timberline. That also gave her the freedom to ski down to Government Camp at the end of the day, down the Glade Trail, and catch the bus from there 


We’ll go up to Timberline again on Saturday, December 10. Come join us!


Lisa Miller, Nancy Erz, and Kurt Wilke on the Kruser trail. Notice the blue sky!    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Lisa Miller, Nancy Erz, and Kurt Wilke on the Kruser trail at Timberline.   
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Emilio Trampuz, Nancy Erz, and Kurt Wilke    
Photo by Lisa Miller.

Come ski with us on Saturday, December 10.

 

 

Mid-week skiers - First day at Meadows

December 1, 2016 (Thursday).
Snow came early this season.  Plenty of good light powder.

Here are just some of the regulars.

We’ll go up to Meadows again on Thursdays and/or any time there is fresh powder. Come join us!


Mike Ferrel, Debbie Thomas, Kay Kinyon, and Mark enjoying the early snow at Meadows. 

 

 

 

Mountain High 2016 Kickoff Party

November 7, 2016 (Monday).
Our annual Kickoff Party (also referred to as our Membership party) was attended by about 80 -90 people. Sandwiches and cookies were served, as well as non-alcoholic beverages (as well as alcoholic drinks that people themselves brought. There were lots of door prizes too, some of which were donated by the 3 ski area representatives who  were our guest speakers:  Alyssa Cartmill from Steamboat, Matt Hofmann from Schwietzer Mt., and Jared Montague from Brundage Mountain

 

Steve Coxen introduced the guest speakers, and the rest of the evening, Kurt Krueger (our past president) acted as master of ceremonies, since our current president, Debbi Kor, was out of town, participating in the New York City marathon.

 

People renewed their club membership and signed up for trips and PACRAT racing.  Our first two trips (Mystery trip in January and the Powder Alliance trip in February are now completely full and overflowing (both with waiting lists).  There is still some space on the March trip to Leavenworth (Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass).

 

We also drew a winner for one free year of club membership, and the winner is a newcomer to the club: Dinah Davis.

 


Food was served in the background, at the back of the hall.    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Matt Hoffman from Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho, addresses the club members.    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Jared Montague from Brundage Mt., Idaho addresses the club members.    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Jared Montague (Brundage Mt., Idaho) speaks to the crowd    
  Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Jared hands the microphone to Steve Coxen      
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Steve hands the microphone to Alyssa Cartmill (Steamboat, Colorado)   
  Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Alyssa Cartmill - National Sales Manager for Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado     
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Alyssa Cartmill - National Sales Manager for Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Alyssa Cartmill - National Sales Manager for Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado   
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Kurt Krueger introduces the Mountain High club's board members and points at Emilio.    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Kurt Krueger (past president) and Linda McGavin (Trips director)    
Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 

 

 

Ski Fever & Snowboard Show

November 4 - 6, 2016 (Friday - Sunday).
The biggest ski show in Portland.  In past years, only the NW Ski Club Council had a booth at this show, and all the clubs shared it, each being allowed just one or two flyers on the table.  But this year, for the first time, each of the local clubs had a booth of their own. We had 20 volunteers who staffed our booth for the entire 3 days of the event.


Karen Michels and Terry Swan had one of the first shifts on Friday. 

The Bergfreunde club booth is on the left, and the SKiyente ski club is on the right.    Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Our booth featured a lot of photos, many of them very recent. 

 


CMH Heli-skiing had a booth near ours.     Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


The Ski Patrol booth featured the skeleton of a person who did not follow the safety rules.     Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

 


Karen Michels, Lana Rulien, Terry Swan, Jackie Bailey, and Mary Olhausen

at the Mountain High club's booth.  We have the most wonderful ladies!.

 

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Ski trips & Social events  Selected past trip and event photos.

 

2016 photos.  Ski Fair, Kickoff Party, Mt. High Display cabinet at Mt. Hood Museum, George at Whistler, Christmas Ships, Phlox Poit cabin, PACRAT race, Canada trip (Silver Star, Sun Peaks), Chocolate party, Timberline adventures, Little Zig Zag canyon, Crystal Mt. trip, Montana trip, Skibowl, Bike rides, The Dalles, Picnic, Seafood party, NWSCC, PACRAT 101, Warren Miller dinner, Prayer flags on Mt. Hood,Highway cleanup, Ski Fever Show, Debbi at NYC Marathon.

2015 photos. Ski Fair, Kickoff Party, Montana Fam trip. Whitefish trip and Fernie, PACRAT, Rat Attack, 40th anniv. picnic, Naked bike ride, Trillium Lake bike, Timothy Lake bike, Highway cleanup, Chocolate, Pizza, Seafood parties.

2014 photos. Ski Fair, Ski Show, Warren Miller, Seafood, Salmon Headwaters Cleanup, Rafting, Picnic, History bike tour, Bike to Dike, ride, Row River - Dorena Lake, Champoeg, Hy. cleanup, NWSCC 35th anniversary, FWSA Convention in Bend, Silver Falls hike, Timberline adventures, Rat Attack, Chocolate party, Ski the Glade Trail Day, Mt. Bachelor bus trip, North Idaho trip (Schweitzer, Lookout Pass, Silver Mt.) Kickoff party.

2013 photos. Hwy. cleanup, MHSP Ski Swap - Kurt Krueger, FWSA Safety Person of the Year, Picnic & Bike ride, Tunnel Falls hike, Banks-Vernonia bike ride, History bike ride, Frosted Flakes girls poster, Ramona Falls hikr, Timberline sidecountry Zig Zag, Pond skimming, Canada (Whitewater, Red. Mt.) Pizza Party, Utah trip (Powder Mt.),  Hoodoo day trip ,PACRAT Race 3 Skibowl, Cosmic tubing, Skibowl day trip, Chocolate party, Idaho trip, Mt. Hood Meadows day trip, Mt. High Kickoff Party, Ski Fair

2012 photos. Hwy. cleanup, Barlow Road Ride, Rafting, Picnic, Cycle Oregon, Timberline canyons, Newton canyon, Mt. St. Helens, Pizza party, Meadows, ISHA, Bachelor Blast, Mystery trip to Shasta & Ashland, Movie night, Utah Powder Mt., Snowbasin, PACRAT race, Chocolate party, FWSA Jackson Hole, Anthony Lakes, Bib decorating, Washington park hike, Ski Fair, Ski Show. .

2011 photos. Hikes, Golf, Rafting, Cycle Oregon, Cycle Idaho, Highway cleanup, Seafood party, Chocolate party, Life Flight, Scotty & Mer'a wedding, Movie Night, Leavenworth trip, Crystal Mt., Bib decorating party, Rat Attack.

2010 photos. Hope on the Slopes, Fernie trip, Mystery trip to Willamette Pass and Mt. Bachelor, Picnic, Rafting, Hikes, Highway cleanup, NWSCC 30th Anniversary, etc..

2009 photos, Seafood, Golf, Rafting, Ski pole rescue, Steve & Quinn's Wedding, Pond skimming, Heavenly, Crystal, Schweitzer, Bowling, Canada Safari. Hillcrest Race Night.

2008 photos Timberline new lift inauguration, 5th Canadian Ski Safari, PACRAT races, Sunny South Oregon bus trip, Mystery trip to White Pass, 1st Heavenly/Tahoe trip, Rat Attack, Pizza Party, Rafting, Seafood Spectacular at Blaise and Alice's, Salmon River canyon hike, Friend of the Forest cleanup at Meadows

2007 photos 4th Canada safari, Powder Mt., Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, Ski the Glade Trail, Timberline new trails, Far West races at Bachelor, River Cruise.

2006 photos Next Adventure, Idaho trip, Val d'Isere, Timberline summer, Picnic

2005 photos 3rd Canada safari, Rafting, Picnic, Big Mt., Crystal Mt.;

2004 photos 2nd Canada Safari, Falls Creek hike, Seafood Social;

 

 

 

Total visits from Oct.1, 2005 -- Sept. 30, 2006 was:   923.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2006 -- Sept. 30, 2007 was: 1,373.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2007 -- Sept. 30, 2008 was: 2,807.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2008 -- Sept. 30, 2009 was: 2,581.

Total visits from Oct.1, 2009 -- Sept, 30, 2010 was: 3,644

Total visits from Oct.1, 2010 -- Sept, 30, 2011 was: 2,432

Total visits from Oct.1, 2011 -- Sept, 30, 2012 was: 2,345

Total visits from Oct.1, 2012 -- Sept, 30, 2013 was: 2,554

 

Total visits since Oct. 1, 2013:

 

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