John Craig McKenzie Pass ski tour March 18th


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    Bill Yaeger
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    Join statewide ONC members on the annual McKenzie Pass ski tour over groomed track from the snow gate on the east side of McKenzie Pass Highway 242 up to the Dee Wright Observatory. Meet at the Ponderosa Inn at 8:30 to carpool or at the snow gate at 9:00. Distance to the Observatory is about 13 miles round trip with 2200′ elevation gain, taking 4-6 hours. Turnaround at Windy Point, with its spectacular view of the immense lava flow atop the pass, is about 8 miles total, taking 3-4 hours. After the tour there will be a pizza party provided by the state ONC at Takoda’s Restaurant in Sisters.

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    #3810

    Leigh Schwarz
    Participant

    This sounds hard (even shorter option), but fun. Are you back?

    Cuba was GREAT. At Miami airport now on way home.

    See you soon.

    Leigh Schwarz
    (503) 803-1030

    #3817

    Rosemary Furfey
    Participant

    Do you know if they still allow snow mobiles on that road? Last time I skied it, the route was overrun with machines and not worth skiing.

    From: Bill Yaeger [mailto:reply@notifications.onc-pdx.org]
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    Bill Yaeger posted on February 25,2017 at 10:53 am :

    Join statewide ONC members on the annual McKenzie Pass ski tour over groomed track from the snow gate on the east side of McKenzie Pass Highway 242 up to the Dee Wright Observatory. Meet at the Ponderosa Inn at 8:30 to carpool or at the snow gate at 9:00. Distance to the Observatory is about 13 miles round trip with 2200′ elevation gain, taking 4-6 hours. Turnaround at Windy Point, with its spectacular view of the immense lava flow atop the pass, is about 8 miles total, taking 3-4 hours. After the tour there will be a pizza party provided by the state ONC at Takoda’s Restaurant in Sisters.

    See Event flyer here

    Post Link: http://onc-pdx.org/forums/topic/john-craig-mckenzie-pass-ski-tour-march-18th/

    #3831

    Bill Yaeger
    Keymaster

    You are correct: Hwy 242 is a “shared” path for snow-mobiles and non motorized users. I would hope that they would choose another area for motorized recreation that day to avoid destroying the grooming. Maybe for once skier’s numerical superiority will prevail!

    #3861

    Bill Yaeger
    Keymaster

    The elevation gain of 2200′ for the round trip to the Observatory is too high. I haven’t been able to locate the snow gate position exactly, but I think it’s about 1500′ gain to the pass, 1000′ to Windy Point.

    Directions: take OR22 east from Salem to join US20 across Santiam Pass towards Sisters, or take US26 to US97 to Redmond, then OR126 west to Sisters. At the west end of town, turn south onto OR242. Drive west to the snow gate.

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