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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
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.
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.
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.
|Buck Prairie 1-15-2016
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: http://new.onc.org/oregon-nordic-club/sonc/
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
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 2015 - 2016
Membership runs September 1 through August 31. Download the 2015-2016 Membership From/Liability Release
by clicking below:
Click HERE to download SONC Membership Application Form
NEXT GENERAL MEETING:
Thrusdays of the Month November through April:
April 07, 2016 at 6:30 PM (Special Time)
At D&S Harley Davidson
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.
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):