ONC has 11 local chapters
Click on a link or map marker below to visit the webpage of your nearest chapter
Tilly Jane Historic District
ONC State Organization Contacts
President: Janet Tschanz ONC-President@onc.org
Vice-President North: Skip Tschanz ONC-VPNorth@onc.org
Vice President South: Niel Barret ONC-VPSouth@onc.org
Secretary: James Cagney ONC-Secretary@onc.org
Treasurer: Bobbie Plummer ONC-Treasurer@onc.org
Webmaster: Lloyd DeKay ONC-Webmaster@onc.org
- Blue Mountain Nordic Club -
Blue Mountain Nordic Club maintains the Meacham Divide XC Ski area in the Blue Mountains. The club is supported by members, with all membership dues going toward Meacham Divide grooming and groomer upkeep. Your support helps us keep the trails groomed for as long as the snow lasts!
Meacham Divide is the second largest Nordic ski area in Oregon, offering 18 miles of groomed trails, with varying levels of difficulty. At 4,100 feet in elevation and views of the 1,400-foot deep Meacham Canyon and Spout Springs Ridgeline, Meacham Divide has some great skiing and snowshoeing alongside some breathtaking views. Dogs are welcome on designated trails.
Meacham Divide Nordic area is accessed from Summit Road exit 243 on I-84 (travel 18 miles west from La Grande, OR, or 34 miles east from Pendleton, OR). At the exit, travel 1.7 miles northeast on Forest Service Road 31. All wheel drive vehicle is generally required. A snopark pass is required.
Please visit the membership page and consider becoming a member of BMNC to help us maintain this incredible Nordic resource.
- Central Oregon Nordic Club -
Central Oregon Nordic Club provides opportunities to meet other cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and hikers … and to make new friends.
Central Oregon Nordic Club also:
-Organizes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking tours.
-Supports youth ski programs in Bend (High School and Bend Parks and Recreation).
-Maintains and stocks ski shelters with firewood.
-Sponsors a Nordic Ski Swap in October as a community service.
-Maintains cross-country ski trails in Central Oregon.
Visit our Facebook page to view updated information about local ski conditions.
- Columbia Gorge Chapter - ONC -
The Columbia Gorge Chapter of the ONC covers the Columbia River Gorge region from Mt. Hood (OR) on the south to Mt. Adams (WA) on the north. Here you can find 100’s of miles of groomed and backcountry trails throughout the Gifford Pinchot and Mt. Hood National Forests.
Whether you’re looking for track-groomed resort trails, rough-groomed forest service trails, or untracked backcountry powder, you’ll find what you’re looking for here from November into April. And since our chapter includes all levels of skiers, from beginners to back-country experts, you’ll feel right at home as you explore our Nordic winter wonderland with our jolly band of snow-rats.
The friends you make on our trips can also introduce you to the many other outdoor experiences our area has to offer, including skiing, camping, hiking, road & mountain biking, kayaking & rafting, wind surfing & kite boarding, fishing, or just kicking back and enjoying our spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
- Eagle Cap Nordic Club -
Eagle Cap Nordic Club does not have groomed trails. It’s break-your-own trail, but maps of trails are available and the trail itself is marked with blue plastic diamonds along the route.
Nordic trails are all on “very safe terrain,” said Jerry Hustafa, president of the Eagle Cap Nordic Club. “However, the backcountry is by its nature in avalanche country,” he warned. “You have to educate yourself, pay attention to the Avalanche Center and pay attention to weather and snow-pack conditions.”
Wallowa County has seen quite a growth in ski tourism in the last 10 years, according to Hustafa. “Quite a bit of backcountry skiing goes on in Wallowa County,” he said. “We have quite a few locals who back country or cross country ski and we get a lot of use from Hood River, Boise, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Portland and Seattle as well.”
Even when the Pacific Northwest has a bad snow year, Wallowa County has better snow than almost anywhere else, “except for maybe Anthony Lakes,” Hustafa said. “Generally our snow pack is a higher quality in that it is less wet and dense than it is in the Cascade Range. We have very good terrain and good access, and even with the growth we have had we’re not very crowded.”
- Klamath Basin Ski Club -
Klamath Basin Ski Club organized in 2013 as a chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club. Centered in Klamath Falls, OR, our mission is to enhance our community by promoting cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and all other non-motorized winter sports such as snowshoeing, through education, trail maintenance and development and organizing group activities.
We welcome all ages, abilities, and levels of interest! We enjoy skiing and snowshoeing on- and off-trails, in-bounds at ski resorts and way out in the backcountry. If you enjoy these activities or would like to learn how, consider joining our group!
- Ochoco Chapter – ONC -
Centered in Prineville, OR, the Ochoco Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club promotes cross-country skiing in central Oregon, especially in the Ochoco Mountains. Membership is open to everyone.
The club schedules a variety of ski events through the winter months that include guided ski tours, beginner ski lessons, a moonlight dinner and ski and ski trips to other areas. There is usually a scheduled ski tour twice a month and a group skis once each week during winter, usually on weekdays. We often have outdoor trips and trail work days in the summer.
Club representatives meet regularly with the Forest Service to discuss skiing issues and respond to Forest Service proposals that affect skiers. In cooperation with the Ochoco National Forest personnel, the club has developed and maintains ski trail systems near Bandit Springs, Walton Sno-Park, and Lookout Mountain.
- Pine Valley XC Ski Club -
The Pine Valley Cross Country Ski Club brings Cross Country Skiing to the students of Pine Eagle Charter School and to the general public in Halfway, OR. The Pine Vally Cross-Country Ski Club was formed in 2012 with three goals:
1) to bring cross-country skiing to the kids of Pine Eagle Charter School
2) to bring cross-country skiing to community members of the local area
3) to make Pine Valley a destination for cross-country skiers.
The club is comprised of cross-country ski enthusiasts who regularly ski during the winter and want to encourage this activity in the schools. We have a concern for the physical condition of young people today and want to share our enthusiasm for outdoor exercise in the wintertime.
To do this, we are first teaching skiing to kids in grades 5-12 during their P.E. classes. We have purchased about 60 pairs of boots, poles and skis, and are maintaining the equipment at the Pine Eagle elementary school. We are grooming about 6 miles of track on the school campus and on private land with landowner permission.
- Portland Chapter - ONC -
The Portland Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club was founded by a handful of Nordic enthusiasts in 1968. We're dedicated to promoting the values of cross country skiing. Guests are welcome to join us in many of our activities.
We offer a full slate of in-season local day-tours and multi-day excursions, as well as various off-season outdoor activities. Join our Learn-to-Ski Clinic with free snow sessions for members who attend the Ski Clinic. Attend our monthly meeting followed by a program featuring a wide variety of speakers and presentations. The Portland Chapter also manages the historic Tilly Jane A-Frame under a temporary special use permit authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, where we offer four in-season group weekends.
- Southern Oregon Nordic Club -
Where the Siskiyous meet the Cascades, Southern Oregon Nordic Club (SONC) 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 nearby Crater Lake, Mt. Shasta, or Telemark skiers interested in climbing Mt. McLoughlin and Mt. Scott extend their ski season into April, May and beyond.
In partnership with the BLM, SONC volunteers use a tracked Polaris ATV to pull a YTS tracksetter and trail reconditioner to groom Hyatt Lake/Buck Prairie Nordic System trails.
- Strawberry Mountain Nordic Club -
Time to fire up the ski club again here in the John Day Valley. Centered in John Day, OR, Strawberry Mountain Nordic Club is rejoining Oregon Nordic Club as its 11th chapter. We have had a good turn over with retirements and such, so we have new blood in need of a ski club again.
- Willamette Chapter - ONC -
Willamette Chapter of ONC offers an opportunity to enjoy cross country skiing to those living in the mid-Willamette Valley. ONC members from outside the region are also welcome.
Our Nordic skiing includes touring, backcountry, telemark and free style in various track/terrain conditions, including groomed and ungroomed trails, backcountry trailblazing, telemark (frequently practiced on downhill slopes), and steep terrain. Trips are rated by the experience level recommended to participate, and the areas frequented include Santium Pass, Jefferson Wilderness, Mt. Hood, and Bend/Mt. Bachelor. Excursions extend to the Ochocos, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, the Wallowas, Crater Lake and beyond.
Willamette Chapter offers a ski school in January followed by introductory practice trips on the snow. The school is geared to the first time skier. Skill advancement beyond the introductory level is best acquired by “getting out there” and skiing regularly with the club. Pointers and equipment tips are readily available through club members.