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Diamond Lake Resort
Oregon State Route 138

John Day Memorial XC Race


2011 John Day Race Start
New Snow! 2 feet over the past week! Photo by Stef

The John Day Memorial Citizen’s Cross Country Ski Race places an emphasis on “Citizen’s”.  Former Olympic team skiers have participated in past races and we expect very competitive skiers.  However, no race experience is needed and the wide course and friendly competition has room for all levels of skiers.


The race course is machine groomed for skating and track set for classic skiing.  The course is relatively flat with gentle rolling terrain and views if a racer chooses to look up.   All race events are held on the same course, with longer events accomplished with more laps of the 5K loop.  The race uses a mass start with classic event skiers just behind the freestyle skiers.


The 5300 foot elevation is high enough for good snow with air still “thick” enough for comfortable breathing at race pace.

Current Diamond Lake Road Conditions (Junction OR 230 & OR138):

John Day Race - 2011
Photo by Stef

American Cross Country Skiers

American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS)
XC skiers interested in performance skiing should consider joining AXCS, the U.S. cross country ski national membership association for "Masters" skiers.  For information, go to:
Citizen skiers and racers of literally all abilities, interests, and an incredible range of ages all find AXCS membership to be an indispensable part of their annual ski seasons. You'll discover that we are a fantastic resource for all devotees of groomed skiing even if you never toe the start line.

Of course, if you are a racer (serious, semi-serious, not-serious-at-all-but-like-to-look-good-whenever-possible, etc.), you simply cannot find a better investment in your skiing. No other national organization exclusively focuses on adult citizen skiers/racers...your interests, your needs, your community, your life.


Mt. Shasta Nordic X-Country Ski Events


American Cross Country Skiers Association


Coming Next - 2017 World Masters 

Klosters, Switzerland

You don't have to race to participate in the AXCS trip toSwitzerland. 

2016 National Masters

Royal Gorge, CA

Tumalo Langlauf Club
Tour de Meissner Classic Race and Tour

Classic race distances 14K and 22K, tour distances 5K to 22K

Machine groomed ski trails at Virgina Meissner Sno-Park (Bend, OR)

25th John Day Race - 2011
Photo by Stef

John Day XC Race 2009
Photo by Stef

John Day XC Race results in PDF file format:

Click here to download 2013 Race Results

Click here to download 2012 Race Results

Click here to download 2011 Race Results

Click here to download 2010 Race Results (52K PDF File)

Race headquarters: Diamond Lake Resort
Race site location hyperlink:


Cross-country skiing would not be as popular in Oregon as it is today were it not for a Medford man named John Day. Like a modern day Johnny Appleseed, Day drove around the state, towing a snowmobile, setting tracks for people who wanted to ski cross country.

John spent much of his youth in Southern Oregon. He graduated from Medford High School. He and his wife Nan lived in Sams Valley, where he ranched, developed real estate and raised buffalo. He was an all-around outdoorsman, a bicyclist (he held several age group records), a mountain climber (he climbed four peaks in a 24 hour span in Oregon) and climbed Mt. McKinley in Alaska, and a big game hunter (listed several times in Boone & Crockett Club Record Books).

Day became interested in cross-country skiing after leg injury made it impossible for him to run anymore (he ran in local road races). He spent a winter in Norway learning to race and tried out for the 1964 Olympic Cross Country Ski Team. He was chosen as a alternate, but was not called upon to race with the U.S. Team. Day then spent the next few years promoting skiing for the United States Ski Association. In that position, he traveled throughout Oregon promoting cross-country skiing. Whenever a local club wanted to hold a race, John would lay the tracks and then race himself. During that period, he, along with Bill Pruitt and Dan Bulkley, formed the Oregon Nordic Club, an organization that now comprises hundreds of skiers in chapters throughout Oregon.

John Day died in 1986. Because of his extraordinary contribution to cross country skiing, the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club organized and dedicated an annual ski race in his honor. Started in 1987, the Oregon Nordic Club has held the John Day Memorial race each February at Diamond Lake Resort.