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Mt. High Events

 Last updated: July 17, 2017
Latest news in the left column,
Click on underlined events in the Calendar on the right or
scroll down for details of upcoming events.

Weather forecast for Government Camp on the right.
See bottom of this page for ski area reports.




June-July Lift Lines  - Mt. High Newsletter


NWSCC Newsletter - NW Ski Club Council's newsletter.


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


Latest Photos are now on our PHOTOS page, including pictures from our recent Club Social & Elections, Safety Boundary signs, and Timberline adventures.


Powder Alliance trip photos are available for viewing.  Over 80 photos from several people are posted on our Photos page.


Mystery trip revealed.  See where they Mystery trip went, plus a bunch of photos sent in by several trip partiicipants. It's all on our PHOTOS page. See a short video of the trip.


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


Bulletin Board

There are new Atomic GS Race skis for sale on our Bulletin Board. Check it out!


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

1. Read the weekend and mid-week entries on our TRIPS page.

2. Click on our two FORUM buttons in the menu and see who is going skiing and when. Participate in the discussions!



Our club provides numerous activities in the following categories.   

a)  Day trips to Mt. Hood ski areas – currently on TRIPS page,

b)  Ski trips to other ski areas in the West  -- see TRIPS page.

c)  Recreational racing – RACING pages.

d)  Social events, parties, etc. – on the HOME page.

e)  Summer activities (Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Picnic, etc.) – usually on our HOME page.

To fully understand what our club does, please see a whole year of past photos on the PHOTOS page.



LAST CALL for Mt. High Cookbook


Debbi Kor is putting together a Club Cookbook for next year. If you're interested, send her your favorite recipes. She'll gather them, put them together, and see what we come up with.

Contact Debbi at: ijustwannarun1@comcast.net



Kickoff Party photos

Photos from our recent Kickoff party are now posted on our PHOTOS page.


Man and Woman of the Year.

Our 2016 man and woman of the year are: Steve Royce and Karen Michels. Congratulations!  See our Awards page for a list of past men and women of the year and other awards. Please send us your nominations for Man & Woman of the Year for 2017.


Steve Royce              Karen Michels



We have updated out TRIPS page, which now lists all the upcoming trips for the upcoming 2016/2017 winter season.


New Photos  See the latest photos from the Kickoff party, Mt. Hood History bike ride, the Idaho bike trip, as well as all the photos taken during this past year.  See what the club has been doing.


The GOOD OLD TIMES will soon be  moved

Photos from our whole past year will soon be moved from the Photos page to a new Photos 2016 page. Our Photos page will be cleared to make room for new photos for this coming season, starting with the SkiFever Show and the Kickoff Party.. Just keep scrolling down the photos page to see all our past events. 


Skiing North America - An article about our club member John Andrew skiing all of North America has appeared in the Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2016.  See here.


Let's go skiing!

Meet at McDonald's in Sandy 7:30 - 7:45 am.  We can carpool, or just drive up together. Some of us are going to Timberline or Skibowl. Others are going to Meadows. We can all meet at McDonald's. See details about our day trips on the TRIPS page. Hey, a day trip is a trip too!  If you have a 2-way radio, tune it to channel 6-19.



Season Passes compared.  Compare the cost and benefits of various lift ticket passes. This was first published on page 8 of the September issue of Lift Lines (#177). It is now on our Articles page.



Mt. High Entry into FWSA Outstanding Club contest

Kurt Krueger has completed a 10-page fully illustrated document that is our club's entry in the FWSA Outstanding Club contest. Winning clubs will be announced at the Far West Convention in San Diego, CA, in June 2015. Click on the headline or go to our Forms & Documents web page.



Powder Alliance.  13 resorts for the price of one!

Buy a Fusion Pass, which gives you unlimited all season access to both Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl, and you will also receive 30 free days at 11 other resorts in the West (3 tickets at each). See more at: www.powderalliance.com  an on the Facebook page:


Also, click here for a Map of Powder Alliance resorts.



50% discount at adidas 

Go to our Bulletin Board and print the special coupon for the adidas employee store, fill it out and get a 50% discount. Thanks to our member Elsebeth Frank for offerng this.

NOTE: This offer is not ongoing.  It comes and goes periodically.  When it becomes available again,  Mountain High club members who have opted to receive ALL emails will be informed by email.


Super Senior Specials

If you are 75 or older, you are a "super-senior, and you qualify for the following benefits. Here are just a few examples. There are more:

a)  Buy a SEASON PASS to Snowbasin, Utah for $39.

     (This pass does not come with Powder Alliance benefits.)

b)  Buy a season pass to Powder Mountain, UT, for only $20.

c)  Get a free season pass at Bogus Basin, ID.

d)  Ski free at Red Mountain, B.C.

Note that the November-December 2014 issue of Skiing History magazine includes a long list of all the places where you can ski for free. The age limit varies from 60 to 80, depending on the ski area. When you read this article online, click on Ctrl-+ key combination a few times to enlarge the page, to make it more readable.


New Video about our club 

See the new video about what our club has been up to lately. Included is a funny snow report about the upcoming Whitefish Mt. trip.


Express Rental & Service shop in Rhododendron

John Hanson (formerly of the Ski Chalet) is helping Skibowl with a new project in Rhododendron: an Express Rental & Service outlet with retail as well. He says:
"One of our target customers is the high school/ club racer looking to maintain a competitive advantage. Racers can drop their skis off after training nights and pick them up ready to go on race day. We are currently set up to do edge tunes and hot waxes."

Hours are:  Mon-Tue: 8-5,  Wed-Fri: 8-9pm,

                 Sat:  7-6pm   and   Sun: 8-6pm.

Next season, they plan to stock race accessories as well.
Stop by anytime. The location is  on the right hand side of Hwy 26 in Rhododendron across from the Village Market.

Phone 844-200-RENT (7368).


Learn to Ski - Or Help Someone 

Our club now has a new page devoted just to beginner skiers, and we need volunteers who are willing to help newcomers to the sport. This is a win-win for everybody. By brining in new people to the slopes, the ski areas get more customers, our club gets more members, and the newcomers get their wings (their skis or boards)!


 Mt. Hood Express bus service

We have always encouraged carpooling from Sandy, and that is still an option. But, now you can take the new Mt. Hood Express bus instead. For only $2 (or just $1.50 if you prepay for 20 tickets), you can ride the bus from Sandy to Skibowl, Government Camp, or Timberline. Catch the bus right on Hwy. 26, at a park and ride bus stop half way between Champion Way and 362nd (which is the Fred Meyer traffic light in Sandy). Turn into Champion Way to park at the Information Center.  The most convenient bus starts at 7:45 am and arrives at Skibowl at 8:32 and at Timberline at 9 am. Click here for the complete schedule.



Membership renewal.  Please renew your club membership in the Fall (October, November). This is also the best time to sign up for a ski trip with the club. It is best to renew in person at the annual Ski Fair or at our annual Kickoff Party. If you do it by mail, simply print print the Dough Transmittal form and mail it in. You can find it on our Membership page and on the Forms & Docs page.



Join a PACRAT team 

Now is the time.  Teams are being formed right now, and many teams need a few new team-mates.


Camaraderie, fun, racing, après ski parties and more!


Check it all out on our Racing page and on the PACRATs web site.


Contact:  Racing@mthigh.org



Mt. High has a Facebook page  

Thanks to Bruce Kuper for setting up a Favebook Page for Mountain High. It is a Facebook group. Check it out, join the group, and start posting your messages, photos, questions, etc. See it at:




Member Benefits updated - 20% off at the Taco Shoppe  Thanks to Kevin Bastin, owner of the Taco Shoppe and a Mountain High club member, we have now been offered 20% off of any item on the menu (not just the burritos). The Taco Shoppe is located in Government Camp, across the street from the Huckleberry Inn (but a house or two up the road), or just downhill from the Mount Hood Museum. See details on our Membership Benefits page and on our Bulletin Board page.  Click here for see their full menu.


Emilio's side-country article on Shred Hood

Check out a detailed description of Timberline's side-country options in an article written by Emilio and just published on ShredHood.org. It's a 5-page article, so click on the "Next" button at the bottom of each page. And don't be confused by the fact that each page begins with the same trail map, for easy reference.


ShredHood.org is a web site devoted to everything Mt. Hood. It contains the latest news, classifieds, racing, new school, old school, videos, slides, events, resources.
The web site was started by Ben Jacklet, a local journalist.
Check it out: http://shredhood.org/


Powder Alliance adventure blog

Emilio has left on a 4,000 miles road trip to ski as many Powder Alliance ski areas as possible. Lots of driving. But the skiing is free for anyone with a Fusion Pass. He will try to keep a diary marking his progress. Check out his “Ski Delights” blog at: http://skidelights.blogspot.com/





Ski pole Inclinometers -

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













Trips calendar & Questionnaire -- MS Word  or PDF file

Check out the preliminary (draft) copy of the 2015 winter trips calendar, and then please fill out the questionnaire on page 2.  Let us know your trip preferences. This questionnaire will be distributed at our quarterly social, May 21, but you can also email it to us, either to info@mthigh.org or to Emilio2000@earthlink.net


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

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



July 12 (Wed.):  Cartopia Food Cart Pod

July 14,15,16:    Summer Fun Nationals - Timberline

July 22 (Sat.):     Bike ride: Timberline to Zig Zag

July 29 (Sat.):     History Happy Hour - History of Mt. Hood's Steiner Cabins

July 31 (Mon.):   Mt. High Board meeting



Aug.  5 (Sat.):     Bike ride: Leif Erickson drive

Aug. 12 (Sat.):    Mt. High Highway Cleanup

Aug. 12 (Sat.) :   Steiner Cabins Tour

Aug. 21 (Mon.):  Solar Eclipse

Aug. 26 (Sat.):    History Happy Hour - Log Cabin Maintenance Techniques & Tips



Sept. 16 (Sat.):    Bike ride: Trillium Lake & Still Creek Road

Sept. 30 (Sat.):   Seafood Party



Oct.  7 (Sat.):       Bike ride: Timothy Lake

Oct. 14 (Sat.):      Kickoff / Membership party

Oct. 20-21:           Snowvana

Oct. ??? :             Warren Miller movie



Nov. ?? (?.):       Mt. High Welcoming Party






Mar. 21 - 25:        NASTAR Nationals - Squaw Valley



See more event details in the next section below.




Club membership has steadily increased from 2002 - 2011, and has stabilized around 300 since then. Current membership as of September 2015 = 304.


Mt. High Board meetings 

Last Monday of the month, we meet at the Round Table Pizza  10070 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland (near the corner of Capitol Hwy.) to plan future club events, trips. Phone: (503) 245-2211.  If you would like to get a bit more involved with the club, please come and join us. This is a working and planning  meeting, but it's open to all. Social gathering: 6:00 pm, and the meeting starts at: 6:30 pm.


NWSCC meetings


Representatives of local ski clubs gather to coordinate activities, plan joint events and trips. Sometimes, there's a guest speaker. These meetings are open to all.

Time: Socializing starts at 6 pm. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm..

Dates: Meetings are held quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday in October, December, March and June.

Location: At various locations around the Portland metro area. See the NWSCC web site for details. 


Searching for the Perfect Ski Watch

Check out some of the features available on watches these days: Altimeter, Compass, Clinometer, Barometer, Stop-watch, and more. And water resistant to 200 meters. Sadly, not all in one watch. Read article.


Oregon Skiing & Boarding Blog

A blog set up by Drew Jackson, the weatherman at KPTV-12, writing about snow conditions from a skier's perspective. This has been added to both our Blogs and Links pages.


Vision for the 21st Century

A whole new vision of enhancing both safety and fun on the slopes. Read all about it (click on the "Vision" button. Get involved. Write to the ski areas. Write to ski magazines. Refer them to our website: www.mthigh.org/Vision.htm.


Trips Survey Results

Thanks to the 60 people who completed the online survey. See the results summarized in the July issue of "Lift Lines", or see the complete results here:


Mt Hood List - A great new site!

Go to MtHoodList.com to post your own message, to find a carpool to Mt. Hood, to find buddies for a Meadows 4x4,  or any other Mt. Hood related activity.


Check out this content on our site!

   a) Blogs eg.: David Schor's adventures

   b) Videos (our recent trips and racing)

   c) Skis for sale on our Bulletin Board!


Bruce's fall video

See Bruce Kuper's helmet-cam recording his fall and slide on the face of 7th Heaven at Stevens Pass. See Videos.


Send us your photos/stories!
What did you do this past winter? Where  did you ski? Where were you 20 or 30 years ago?  How did you learn to ski?  Any spectacular falls?  Any embarrassing moments? Send in your personal short stories or reminiscences.  Please add a photo of yourself or the people in your story. Digital photos are most welcome. Printed photos will be scanned in and returned to you.  Contact Emilio.


Free $kiing corner.

Free or half-priced lift tickets.


In the Forum, post your questions, requests, offers, or help provide answers.


Bulletin Board vs. Forum

For plain text announcements or questions, feel free to post your own message in the Forum.

For more elaborate, announcements, including graphics, photos, etc. please email them to us at info@mthigh.org and we'll post it on the Bulletin Board.


Also see the Oregon Challenge Diary  - a description of all the Oregon ski areas, and the combined experiences of all 3 successful challengers. Read about Warner Canyon, Oregon's best kept secret! And Spout Springs, and more. This will be permanently posted on our Articles page.


We Want You!

We know you have something to contribute to the club.  Organize a party, a hike. a game of cards, a visit to the theater, or just a TGIF. Take your favorite activity and invite other club members to join you. Just let us know what you could do for the club. Or, better yet, come to our monthly planning meeting, any last Monday of the month, at the Round Table Pizza.


2-way Radios on the slopes!

Connect with other club members on the slopes. Simply get on the radio channel 6-19, and call for Mountain High members. That is Channel 6, Privacy code 19. There is a permanent note about this on our TRIPS page.


Free Antivirus

Say goodbye to your paid antivirus. Avast! is totally free and performs even better in tests. Download it and try it yourself: http://www.avast.com/en-us/get/6SK2Jprm


Ski Areas page - new & improved

The best way to get info about ski areas. The improved version contains almost all the ski areas in the West, 164 of them. It's the easiest way to get info for a trip. Just click on whatever ski resort you want.


NW Sk/Ride Challenge

The Challenge continues each winter season. It is not a competition for the most ski areas visited.  Instead, everyone who visits at least 7 ski areas in the Northwest will be entered into a drawing for a prize.


New for this season is that in addition to Oregon, Washington and Idaho, you can now also ski at several ski areas in British Columbia, Alaska, and Mammoth Mt. (CA).  They all count!


Just save your lift tickets or receipts from the ski areas and mail them to the NWSCC:  The address is on the form. Click here for the Entry Form and Rules in Word or PDF.


Skiing the Northwest can be quite an adventure. See David Schor's blog: http://skiwashington.blogspot.com, and Emilio's journal on our "Articles" page, at:




Video about our club

Short 5 minute summary of what our club is al about. Must see!

See it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woXVvae4Iww



Web site & Newsletter

At the 2014 FWSA Convention in June, we won

1st place for Web site.

1st place for Newsletter.

1st place for Outstanding Club.

See more on our Awards page.



Proof that Straight skis were always Shaped.

Straight skis were never really straight. See proof in this video.




Safety Person of the Year

Gordon Lusk won the FWSA Award for Safety Person of the Year, for promoting safety at our PACRAT races.

He won a week of skiing at Aspen/Snowmass.




Boots & More Performance LLC

with Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter has left Hillcrest Sports to focus on Boots and More. He has been involved with the ski industry for 25+ years and has chosen to go his own direction.

Boots and More is service only.  Boot fitting, and ski & snowboard tuning and repair. It also sells insoles and liners as well as boot accessories.

The big difference between Greg Coulter and everyone else is that he will pick up and drop off the customers equipment.

Contact Greg via email; gcoulter40@gmail.com,  or phone 503-917-9360.

Visit the new Boots and More Facebook page and Like it. 



PACRAT Rat Attack photos & multimedia show

A few of the best photos from the 30th annual Awards Banquet known as the "Rat Attack" have been posted on our Photos page.


More of Bruce Kuper's Rat Attack photos can be found at:

Also, see the PACRAT Racing multimedia show created by Bruce Kuper and shown at the Rat Attack: http://youtu.be/6_-q8oodXYY 


 Mid-week Skiing

Ken BrundidgeKenny Brunidge has volunteered to coordinate the mid-week skiers

You can join the mid-week group and post a message in the mid-week forum whenever you plan to go up skiing and see if others can join you. More info on our "Trips" page.





January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

Introduce a new person to the sport by having them take a lesson from a certified ski instructor, and you could win a prize




Note: Trips and Racing events have their own pages.

The events listed below are events other than ski trips and races.

Mt. High members at Stevens Pass


Mt. High members on Mt. Hood



Our club provides numerous activities in the following categories.  Most of them have their own separate pages on our web site:


a)  Day trips to Mt. Hood ski areas  (both weekend and mid-week) – currently on TRIPS page, but might be moved to a Mt. Hood page or Meet-up page, or something like that.

b)  Ski trips to other ski areas in the West  -- see TRIPS page.

c)  Recreational racing – RACING pages.

d)  Social events, parties, etc. – on the HOME page.

e)  Summer activities (Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Picnic, etc.) – usually on our HOME page.


Our Home page is mainly a calendar of events and a place to post social events that don't have their own separate pages, such as Trips and Racing events do.


To get a better view of what our club does, please check the ABOUT US page and the PHOTOS page, which shows almost everything we did in the past year(s). Each season, we start to build a new Photos page, so if you are checking us out at the beginning of the season, check out one of the previous year's Photos page, which will be more complete.




Click on the image to enlarge it

Cartopia Food Cart Pod


July 12, 2017 (Wednesday.)  6:00 pm.


Let's get together for some socializing and food tasting. 

Food Cart Pods are getting quite popular. There are several of them in the Portland area. You have many food choices from several food carts, so everyone can order their own thing, and then we can all sit together in a common space with tables.


Location:  SE 12th Avenue and Hawthorne Blvd.

                     Portland, OR


The Cartopia pod is located on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard at Southeast 12th Avenue, has a covered, heated seating area and most carts are lively late at night, staying open until midnight Tuesday-Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


Cartopia hosts:

  • Potato Champion, which dishes up crispy, twice-fried Belgian-style fries and gravy-doused poutine (pretty much perfect post-drinking food).

  • Pyro Pizza delivers beautifully singed pizzas from a wood-fired oven.

  • Perierra Crêperie has Nutella-banana or avocado-cream-cheese-and-turkey crêpes.

  • PBJ’s Grilled offers surprising — and surprisingly delicious — sandwiches like the Smoked Goat: almond butter, apple wood bacon, goat cheese and apricot jam on olive bread.

  • Lardo, located accross the street from Cartopia, is one of the city’s many cart-turned-brick-and-mortar success stories. Stop in a for a decadent sandwich (mortadella and mozzarella, cold fried chicken).

  • The Hungry Heart Cupcakes offers delicious desserts.








Lifts open at 7:00 am

Race starts at 8: 30 am


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


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


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

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

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

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


Summer Fun Nationals

Timberline - Fun for the whole family

July 14-16, 2017

This is the 29th annual event. It's a great opportunity to have fun racing at sunny Mt Hood while refreshing the muscle memory in your legs halfway between last season and next. Usually, about 120-150 racers participate



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

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

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

www.SummerFunNationals.com .






This ramp doesn't exist any more!  It was destroyed by blasting on Highway 26, between 2014- 2016.


Learn a little more about some Mt. Hood trivia, including a map showing part of this tour in this PDF file posted in our History section.



If you are coming, please tell Emilio

at least a few days in advance.



Click on the map to enlarge it:

Mt. High

Barlow Trail to Zig Zag

historic trails bike ride


July 22, 2017 (Saturday) - 9:00 am

This is a relatively short, easy ride,
chock full of information, old tales, trivia,
and the history of Mt. Hood and of Oregon.

This is not a typical bike ride.  It's a history tour.

(This year, a bit less history, and a bit more riding!)


Meet at 9 am, at the Zig Zag Inn in Zig Zag, just before the Zig Zag Ranger Station. We'll assemble in front of the Zig Zag Inn, and then carpool to Timberline.  Keep your bike on or in your car until we figure out on the spot which cars will be left in Zig Zag.


The bike ride is from Timberline to Zig Zag Inn, but not by the most direct route.  Most of it is downhill, but there are a couple of short uphill sections. Mostly on paved roads, or fairly smooth trails. Mostly on hidden paths that are not well known, some so overgrown they might soon disappear. 


A road bike is fine for this ride, especially if you have commuter or touring tires.  But there will be a few places where we will ALL have to get off our bikes and carry them or push them through some tough places. We will also have to cross Hwy. 26 in at least 2 places.


What's new this year:

1.  Emilio's trail. Two summers ago, we ran into a dead-end where the blasting had destroyed a ramp to highway 26. We had to turn back and ride uphill for about a mile. No need this year. We have a new trail there.


2. Little Zig Zag Falls.  We always pass near the falls, but we stopped there only once in the past several years. The path to the falls has been improved and widened.  Let's go take a look!


3. Two short trails between Rhododendron and Zig Zag that most of us have never seen.  A pleasant surprise.


In some places, we'll have the choice of following a mountain bike trail or stay on the paved road. This includes the start from Timberline.  Some of us will follow a narrow mountain bike trail (the Timberline to Town trail), while others will stay on the paved old West Leg Road (where there is very little or no motorized traffic).


We will leave about half of our cars in Zig Zag. The other half will drive up to Timberline with their bikes, but also carpooling with those who will leave their cars in Zig Zag. At the end of the day, those who left their cars in Zig Zag will give a ride to the drivers of the cars left at Government Camp.


This is a unique and historical ride. Here are some highlights:


1. See several sections of the original Barlow Trail you haven't seen before..

2. Bike down parts of the old Mt. Hood highway, before the modern Hwy 26 was built. The road is overgrown with trees and moss, but it is still paved and smooth.

3. We will skip Laurel Hill because recent "improvements" on Hwy 26 have isolated the hill and made access very difficult. Laurel Hill is the steepest part of the historic Oregon Trail, so steep the pioneers had to lower their wagons with ropes, and/or tie a tree to the back of the wagon to act as a brake. This hill is as steep as a double-black diamond ski trail, and yet the pioneers managed to get down it with their wagons! 

4. Visit a bat cave. Yes, there are some bats in there, but it's not what you think.

5. Visit Little Zig Zag Falls. Or sit down at a picnic table to rest your legs here.

6. At the end of the ride, let's go for a drink and some food at the Zig Zag Inn in Zig Zag, partly as thanks to them for letting us use their parking lot, and partly to rest and enjoy each other's company, while replenishing our energy.


Some of this may seem familiar. We've done something similar before. But, there will be some new sections to see and experience this time.


Please RSVP.  We need to know how many people will participate, how many cars we'll have, and how many for lunch at the end of the ride.  Contact Emilio, 503-510-1477, or Emilio2000@earthlink.net.


Click on the image to enlarge it.


DIRECTIONS:  Just before Lolo Pass Rd., turn right BEFORE the Zig Zag Inn, and then circle the building. Park in a straight line, one car behind the other, along the green hedge, ready to drive as a caravan up to Timberline.  We will leave just a very few cars parked next to the Zig Zag Inn.  Those cars will help us to get back to Timberline at the end of the ride to retrieve our other cars.



1.  Water.  The ride will take 3 - 4 hours. So bring something to rehydrate, such as water, Gatorade, or fruit juice (lemonade).


2.  Bike lock.  Even if we have just a few cables between us, we can lock all our bicycles together in a heap, while we have lunch at the Inn at the end of the ride.


Everything else is optional.  Maybe bring a camera.  Maybe some sunscreen.  Maybe sunglasses, although much of our ride will be in the shade of trees, so you probably won't need sunglasses.


See you Saturday morning at 9 am.

Please RSVP if you are coming.

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


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

History Happy Hour

History of Mt. Hood's Steiner Cabins

Mt. Hood Museum in Government Camp


July 29, 2017 (Saturday.)  6:30 pm.

The history of Mt. Hood's Steiner cabins. Presented by Lloyd Musser, museum curator.


Come learn about the historic cabins on July 29, and then go tour them on August 12.


Be entertained and learn something new.

Doors open 6:30, lecture at 7 pm.


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


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


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


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





Mt. High
Monthly meeting

Usually on the last Monday of the month.

Mountain High
monthly Board meeting

ly, 31 2017. (Monday) - Usually last Monday of the month, with the exception of Memorial day.  Whenever some major holiday or other important event falls on the last Monday of the month, we will usually reschedule our meeting for some other time.


6:00 pm - social gathering;

6:30 pm - formal meeting. 

Location: Round Table Pizza, 10070 SW Barbur Blvd., near Capitol Hwy. (by McDonald’s).


This is an organizational and planning meeting, attended mainly by Board members, trip leaders, activity organizers etc., but it is open to all.  Anyone wanting to get more involved with the club is welcome.


Biking on the Leif Erikson Drive



Leif Erikson Drive - Forest Park




Click here for a MAP of the meetup location.

Mt. High Bicycle Ride

 Leif Erikson Drive - Forest Park


August 5, 2017 (Saturday).

TIME:    10 am 
Wesco Distribution  (across the street from them)
               2341 NW 31st Ave., Portland..                      See MAP

The Leif Erickson Drive in Portland's Forest Park allows for a 14
mile beginner mountain bike ride consisting of one tiny uphill and
the rest mild downhill and level terrain. Mountain bikes are recommended.


We will meet near the Wesco Distribution building, near the corner of NW Nicolai & 31st Avenue.  Don't park in the Wesco parking lot, but across the street from them.
Only a few of us will leave our cars parked there. The majority should just wait until we are all assembled and then we'll shuttle our cars and bikes to the start of the trail on the uphill side on Germantown Road. 


Bring a water bottle, some snacks, gloves, ear warmers, and jacket just in case.


We'll have lunch at Kenny & Zuke's Bagelworks cafe & deli at the end of the ride. The place has long tables and offers a multitude of culinary choices including beer.

A good time will be had by all. This will be Mt High's September bike ride.
Leaders:  Emilio Trampuz, Linda McGavin, John Davis.

Click here for a MAP of the area.


Directions: From I-405, take the exit to Vaughn Street, then turn onto NW 23rd Avenue . Then turn right onto Thurman, and you'll see Kenny and Zuke's on your left within that same block. 



Kenny & Zuke's Bagelworks on Thurman St.  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)




Road sign just 2 miles before Government Camp.


Mt. High Highway Cleanup

Our 11th cleanup.  (2 per year)


August 12 (Saturday) 10am 


Our club has adopted a 2-mile section of Highway 26, mileposts 51-53.  We have been keeping it clean since 2010.


We'll meet in Mt. Hood Skibowl's parking lot at 10 am sharp. We'll do some good work for about 2 hours.


12:00 (noon) - approximately. The club will cover the cost of lunch either at the Brew Pub or at The Taco Shoppe in Government Camp. Let's replenish our energy and enjoy each other's company.      Click on the map to enlarge.


Those who plan to help, need to go on-line with the State Highway Department, and just review the "rules of the road" so to speak. We used to have to watch a video, but that is no longer required. Now, you just need to read through the rules and instructions, and we can deal with the rest ourselves. Just go to:


and scroll down to the "Specific Requirements".  The "Applicant" is our club, and the Participants are all who show up on the day of the event.


Debbi will have the waivers we all need to sign on the day of the event.


RSVP to Debbi Kor at: ijustwannarun1@comcast.net or call 503-314-7078.




The Mt. Hood Museum also has a permanent exhibit featuring the Steiner Cabins.


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


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


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


Steiner Cabins Tour

Self-guided auto tour of cabins in the Brightwood/Welches area


August 12, 2017 (Saturday) 

This year’s tour will focus on the preservation and restoration of these historic Mount Hood cabins.


Ticket sales for this event begin July 1st on the museum website and can be purchased ONLINE ONLY.  (Last year sold out in 3 days.)


The cabins are the work of Henry Steiner, a craftsman who emigrated from Germany and began building mountain homes that relied on the offerings of the natural surroundings. Once a year, the owners of some of the nearly 100 Steiner cabins open their doors to the public.


This year’s tour on Saturday, Aug. 12, will be a self-guided auto tour of a number of cabins in the Brightwood/Welches area. Cabins in this year’s tour range from fully restored and preserved to a cabin where complete restoration is in progress. Participants will learn the background and history of each cabin from the owners and volunteers from the Mt. Hood Museum.


Tickets are $35 for the general public or $30 for museum members and are available beginning at midnight on July 1. Members should call the museum at 503-272-3301 for the discount code when ordering tickets. Purchase the tickets online at www.mthoodmuseum.org.


In a change from past years, the will-call ticket pickup and tour start is at the Hoodland Senior Center, 65000 E. Highway 26, at the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort. When purchasing tickets, select a start time of 9 or 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. The tour will take about three hours to complete.


In anticipation of the tour, the museum’s monthly Social History Happy Hour lecture on July 29 will discuss the “History of Mount Hood’s Steiner Cabins.” Lectures are held on the last Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. with a $5 admission at the door. Beer and wine are available to purchase.


For more information, contact Janet Paulson at 503-970-3810.

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


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

History Happy Hour

Log Cabin Maintenance Techniques & Tips

Mt. Hood Museum in Government Camp


August 26, 2017 (Saturday.)  6:30 pm.

Log cabins maintenanve techniques and tips.

Presented by Mark Fritch, Log Cabin Builder


Be entertained and learn something new.

Doors open 6:30, lecture at 7 pm.


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


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


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


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



About 17 miles of gravel road with ruts

plus a couple of miles of paved road


Click on the map to enlarge it.

Mt. High

Still Creek Rd. & Trillium Lake

Mountain Bike Ride


September 16, 2017 (Saturday).  9:30 am.

Join Mt High Club members in a rolling good time on a mountain bike ride along Still Creek Road in the downhill direction.  From Government Camp, ride to Trillium Lake, then a bit uphill for almost a mile, and finally several miles of downhill cruising toward Rhododendron, where we'll have lunch at the Still Creek Inn.


Nice long glide with very little uphill action. Perfect for beginner mountain bike riders.

In an attempt to host a monthly summer bike ride, we have chosen September's ride to make use of the Still Creek Road that runs behind Multorpor and Ski Bowl ski areas.  Strong legs not required.


9:15 - 9:30 am:  Meet at at the Still Creek Inn in Rhododendron. Please park behind the restaurant. We will leave a few cars there (for later), and then transport everyone and all our bikes to Government Camp, for the start of the bike ride.


If you havea trailer, or a truck, or anything capable of hauling several bicycles from Rhododendron to Government Camp, ... please bring it.


10:00 am: We will leave from Govy and take mountain bike trail down to the Trillium Lake area and then over to Still Creek Road. A mountain bike is required mainly for wide tires to deal with some soft gravel, but otherwise it is a pleasant downhill ride.


12:30 (or maybe 1 pm):  Lunch at the Still Creek Inn in Rhododendron.


The map shows only part of our ride, mainly to and around Trillium Lake. Points:
1. Chose a narrow, rocky trail, or
2. Choose a small paved road to:
2.5 Pioneer Cemetery at Summit Meadows. We’ll regroup here.
3. Get off the Trillium Lake Road here and onto a bike/hike trail to the lake.
4. After circling the lake clockwise, take this crossover trail uphill to the nearby road.
5. Continue on Still Creek Road for another 14 miles to Rhododendron.


Towards the end, we will have 3 choices to get back to Hwy 26:
  a)  The Still Creek MTB Trail (not for the faint of heart)
  b)  Road #32 (nauseating uphill climb or walk)
  c)  Still Creek Road itself (continue with the gradual glide downhill).


At the end of the ride, we'll have lunch at the Still Creek Inn. After that, the drivers of the cars that drove up to Government Camp should get a ride from those who left their cars in Rhododendron.  The passengers in all cars can stay at the restaurant and enjoy a cup of coffee or dessert until everyone returns with all our cars to Rhododendron.


Leaders:  John Davis, Emilio Trampuz, Linda McGavin





Wilsonville Senior Center


Click on the map to enlarge it.


Click here for

Google map



From the north     See MAP:

- Take Interstate 5 (I-5) SOUTH

- Take EXIT 283 (South Wilsonville exit).

- Turn left onto SW Wilsonville Rd. (heading EAST).

- Go through 2 traffic lights and after half a mile, turn LEFT.

- Look for building number 7965.

Mt. High

Seafood Spectacular 

(Just a party)


September 30, 2017 (Saturday) at 6:30 pm.

(If you want to help with the setup, please come at 5:30 pm.)


Our annual end-of-summer Seafood party is coming up. Pete Troy has been in Alaska all summer long and will be bringing home some excellent seafood for us to try. We've found a new location this year and are very excited to try it out.


We'll be getting together at the Wilsonville Senior Center, which is just a short distance off of I-5 at the South Wilsonville Exit. A map is attached. See below.


The cost to our members again this year will be $10 per person. Guests (non-members): $15.


For your $10, you'll have an incredible dinner of Pete and Ann’s incredible homemade sushi, Bruce McGavin’s fantastic smoked salmon spread; steamed mussels, clams, and salmon. Gordy will be putting his personal touch to the salmon to fix it just the way we like it! 


This is a BYOB event, and you can bring a side dish or dessert to share. We expect to have our usual crowd of 65-75 in attendance.


This year we'll do the opposite from last year. If your last name begins with:

          A - J : bring a dessert;

          K - Z :  bring a salad or side dish;


Exception:  If your last name happens to be Krueger or Moon, you should bring some dessert.  For those who don't know, our past President, Kurt Krueger and his wife Chris Moon bake wonderful chocolate desserts and in most years end up winning one of the 3 prizes at our Chocolate parties (even though all the entries in the contest are anonymous.)


EVERYONE PLEASE RSVP by September 23rd.



Wilsonville Senior Center

7965 SW Wilsonville Rd

Wilsonville, OR 97070

See Google map.


Please RSVP to Debbi Kor for a headcount by Sept. 20th:  ijustwannarun1@comcast.net  or  (503) 314-7078.





Click on the map to enlarge it.

Mt. High

Timothy Lake Bicycle Ride


October 7, 2017 (Saturday).  10 am.

Join Mt High Club members in a mountain bike ride around Timothy Lake. We will use a shuttle to do only 9 miles around the lake. There is an option to do the whole 15 miles, however you will miss early dinner with the 9 milers.


We will meet at Little Crater Lake at 10 am, a bit north of Timothy Lake. Riders will be shuttled to the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Station. Early dinner will be on the way back at The Taco Shoppe in Govy Camp. Early dinner will be on the way back at The Taco Shoppe in Govy Camp.

This is a beginning mountain bike trail. Operative word here is “mountain bike”­. There are a few parts of the trail that are not suitable for a road bike. The trail is at water level in the trees with numerous views and twists and turns.


John Davis, hikedance@gmail.com, 503-358-5900, and

Emilio Trampuz, Emilio2000@earthlink.net, 503-510-1477.



Driving directions:

From Sandy, go east on Hwy. 26 for about 40 miles to Skyline Road (Road 42).

Turn right and go south for 4 miles.

Turn right on Forest Road 58 (Abbot Rd.) and go 2 miles to Little Crater Lake campground.

Allow at least 50 minutes from Sandy, or 20 minutes from Govy.


Our meeting place is markd on the adjacent map with the highlighted words: "Meet Here".  Please click on the map to enlarge it.





Find our more about our club,

See info & photos on display.

Mt. High

Membership & Kickoff Party

+ Mini Ski Swap


Oct. 14, 2017 (Saturday).   6:30 - 9:00 pm.

Our biggest party of the year, marking the start of a new ski season. There will be free food and drinks.

  • Join the club, or renew your membership, or just check us out!
  • New membership cards will be issued on the spot.
  • Sign up for ski trips.
  • Join a 10-person PACRAT racing team, the best way to gain 9 instant ski buddies!
  • Win some door prizes!
  • Meet other members. Have a great time!
  • Find our more about our club.
  • Find out about our mid-week skiers, and meet some of them. 
  • Enjoy some tasty sandwiches, some beer or wine, or soft drinks.
  • Bring something to sell at our mini ski swap, or see if there's anything there you might want to buy.
  • Pick up a new NW Skiers' Directory, fresh off the press.
  • Win some door-prizes!
  • Socialize! Get to know other club members.
  • Donate a ski jacket! 

AGENDA: We’ll have food and drinks, visit with old friends, and meet new members. See what we are cooking up for the upcoming season. Be there or be square! Bring a friend! 


DRINKS:  Please BYOB  (Bring your own drinks).


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  To volunteer with set up, take down or help during event please contact Karen Michels



Wilsonville Senior Center

7965 SW Wilsonville Rd

Wilsonville, OR 97070

See Google map.










NASTAR’s integration with the U.S. Ski Team gives participants the opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite racers.

NASTAR Nationals

For those who qualify


March 21 - 25, 2018.

Squaw Valley will host the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships. It is the first time since 1981 the event will be held west of the Rocky Mountains. The Championships are scheduled for March 21-25.

Under U.S. Ski & Snowboard, NASTAR continues to bring greater awareness to the sport and motivate participants of all ages to get involved in ski racing. This year’s Championships will take place after the conclusion of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, building on the enthusiasm generated by the Games in a new locale with a strong Olympic legacy.

Following the success of the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup as well as numerous U.S. Alpine Championships and the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley has proven to be a world class venue, excelling at hosting large, multi-discipline events.

“Squaw Valley exhibits a deep passion for skiing and snowboarding that will resonate with the NASTAR community,” said Bill Madsen, director of NASTAR. “The resort has seen strong growth in its NASTAR participation over the past few seasons and has been a great partner in supporting the growth and promotion of the program. We’re looking forward to working with Squaw Valley to put on a great event.”

Squaw Valley is known for vast alpine peaks with iconic lifts such as KT-22 and the Aerial Tram, providing a scenic backdrop for NASTAR’s biggest event of the season. The resort is only a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and can be easily reached on nonstop flights daily from 20 major U.S. cities.

READ MORE: National Championships on NASTAR.com


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