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Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Current Conditions & Grooming
Officers & Board
Who, What, When and Where (Maps)
Activity Schedule
Ski Touring
XC Races
Club Photo Album
Contact Us
Wild Life


Crater Lake NP - Pumice Desert
Four pairs of skis - Three SONC skiers

Cross country skiing in Southern Oregon?

Where the Siskiyous meet the Cascades. Southern Oregon Nordic skiers are blessed with a ring of snow surrounding the Rogue Valley during winter months.

Our normal ski season starts by early December and sometimes as early as the first week of November. Snow cover at our usual venues starts getting thin by mid March, but skiers willing to travel to near by Crater Lake, Mt. Shasta, or Telemark skiers interested in climbing Mt. McLaughlin and Mt. Scott extend their ski season into April, May and beyond.

Serving the greater Rogue Valley including the cities of Medford, Ashland, Eagle Point and the cities and areas near and around.

BLM/SONC Groomer Report:

SONC Volunteers groom the Hyatt Lake BLM Campground and Buck Pr. Nordic trails.  Timing and extent of grooming depend on conditions.  Check latest gromming report and be aware that snow conditions are dymamic.

Link to SONC Grooming Report:
Buck Pr/Hyatt Lake Area grooming is funded by donations to the Southern Oregon Nordic Club and support by the BLM.
See Current Condtions and Grooming Report page for more information:  Current Conditons Links & Grooming Report
For information on the Buck Praire Nordic Trails, see BLM website:
Caution:  Winter conditions are dynamic and snow conditions can change by the hour.  What was recently groomed can be drastically transformed by new snow, warming temperature, solar heat etc.

BLM/SONC Groomer
Buck Prairie 1-15-2016

Groomed tracks
In partnership with the BLM, SONC volunteers are using a tracked Polaris ATV to pull a YTS tracksetter and trail reconditioner to groom Hyatt Lake/Buck Prairie Nordic System trails.  Thank you to the BLM for the equipment and to Southern ONC members who contributed to the groomer fund and especially SONC members putting in the long hours operating the grooming equipment.
Please consider making a donation to SONC's Groomer fund helping to maintain and improve the grooming equipment.  We have a space on our membership application form to designate a groomer fund donation and have a PayPal account set of for Grommer donations at:

Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Check our Southern Oregon Nordic Club Newsletter (Sample copy can be downloaded below) for our activity schedule and special events. 
Snow sports are of course weather dependent so check with the trip coordinator.
John Craig Memorial Tour
March 19, 2016
McKenzie Pass Highway Oregon Route 242 - MP 84 Road Winter Closure (Sisters) to the Dee Wright Observatory
The John Craig Memorial Ski Tour begins from the McKenzie Pass east side snow gate on Hwy 242 at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016. 

Some 80 or so skiers participated in the tour.  More than enough snow with sufficient snowpack to clip into skis before the snow gate.  With the fresh snow that fell earlier in the week undergoing several freeze-thaw cycles, and below freeze overnight temperatures, the track was solid but still granular enough for klister to securely grip.  Mid-day temperatures and blue sky sun softened the track sufficiently for an easy but long downhill glide.

After the tour the state ONC volunteers  provide old fashion  hot dogs and hamburger BBQ in the Ponderosa Conference Room.

See April 2016 SONC newsletter for pics and more.

Google Maps route - B W Ponderosa Lodge (Sisters)  to Start below:

Click HERE - John Craig Start from BW Ponderosa Lodge

SONC Membership 2016 - 2017
Membership runs September 1 through August 31.  Download the 2016-2017 Membership From/Liability Release by clicking below:

Click HERE to download SONC Membership Application Form


First Thrusdays of the Month November through April:
April 07, 2016  at 6:30 PM (Special Time)

At D&S Harley Davidson
3846 S. Pacific (Highway 99)
Closer to Phoenix than Medford 

Beginner and new skiers welcome. 
Call Michael for XC Ski education/instruction information (541-482-2703).

End of Season Potluck.  See April Newsletter for details.
More than cookies tea & coffee...
Club will be providing main dish (RSVP appreciated).  Bring side dishes to share.

Ron Gardner's slideshow of the 2013-2014 ski season from member photos:

There was more snow than you may have realized.

General Membership Meeting Location:

D&S Harley Davidson Store

3846 South Pacific Highway

Medford, OR 97501 [but closer to Phoenix, OR]


I-5 Phoenix Fern Valley Exit to South Pacific Highway (OR 99)

then North on South Pacific Highway towards Medford:

Link to Location Map for General Meeting Site (D&S Harley Davidson):

Southern Trax
The offical Newsletter of the Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Current Edition:  April 2016
Next Editorial Deadline: Third Friday of the Month
E-mail submittals to: Margaret Mallette
NB!  The activity listings in our newsletter are as planned a couple of days before our newsletter publication date and are subject to change.  Call coordinators for current information.  Club members on E-mail distribution will be sent updates (weekly?) during the month.  Membership does have benefits.

Click HERE to download April 2015 Newsletter