2017-2018 Far West Skier's Guide - 74
photo / Lisa Miller
led a group to
the summit of
photo / Violet Anderson
The Cascade Ski Club,
with an 80 year history,
has a unique lodge in
Government Camp that
welcomes members and
NORTHWEST SKI CLUB COUNCIL
by Barbara Bousum,
photo / Sue Bishop
With more than 40 snowsport clubs and organizations in
Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii,
NWSCC represents thousands of
Alpine and Nordic skiers, snowboarders, and other snow enthusiasts. We don't just ski; we enjoy
year-round activities! Living in
such beautiful parts of the country, we like to enjoy nature in all
seasons. Club members can be
found hiking, bicycling, canoeing,
camping, backpacking, wind-surfing, sailing, and enjoying a seemingly endless list of activities.
Thanks to our clubs, members
can add camaraderie to the pleasures of enjoying the outdoors.
NWSCC clubs enjoy these
activities in many different ways.
Please check our website and individual clubs for a taste of the
opportunities. Clubs vary in size,
but each is inviting. There is a
club for members age 50+, one
for women only, and another
that's men only. But, most are for
adults and families. A unique
club is the Cascade Ski Club, one
TOP: Skiers enjoy a bluebird day on the slopes of Mt. Hood. LOWER: NWSCC club
representatives have fun at the 2017 FWSA Convention. Cindy Sherman Photography
of the oldest in Oregon, with a
deep history dating back more
than 80 years. Their rustically
beautiful lodge in Government
Camp welcomes skiers and families of all ages and experience.
The unique lodge offers bunkstyle accommodations and inhouse dining. And, SKIBACS in
the Seattle area has enjoyed their
own lodge at Crystal Mountain
since 1966. Whether in the Pacific NW or Hawaii, our nearhome mountains primarily are
volcanoes, promising unique experiences.
NWSCC invites every member club to appoint a representative who attends council meetings and acts as liaison between
the club and the council.
NWSCC Council meetings are
open to everyone, and are held at
least four times a year in the
Portland Metropolitan area.
Those interested can always
check our website to confirm
meeting dates and locations, as
we like to visit our local ski shops
and other venues. NWSCC meetings feature guest speakers from
the ski and snowboard industry,
regional ski areas, media, and resort properties, plus speakers discussing health, fitness, and safety
issues. Council meetings begin
with an informal social time,
followed by presentations. Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to get involved.
Meetings are only one means
of spreading the word about
Council activities. Look at the
Events Calendar on our website
at http://nwskiers.org/ to discover what's planned. We support and attend FWSA-organized
trips, enjoyed Ski Week at Breckenridge this year, and eagerly anticipate a week in beautiful Banff
Annually, NWSCC offers a
ski challenge for members of all
clubs to experience many ski
areas in the Northwest, primarily
our Industry Members. The winner is the one who skis the most
resorts in the season.
PACRAT recreational ski
racing organization is a part of
NWSCC and hosts races on Mt.
Hood every winter. They are all
about having fun on the mountain with both old and new
friends. For more than 30 years,
PACRAT league has provided the
exciting opportunity to participate in recreational alpine racing
on Mt. Hood. Even novices can
learn to compete at their own
skill level and see improvement
through the season. In a typical
year, over two hundred racers
participate on teams, then celebrate the season at their annual
Rat Attack party and awards ceremony in the spring. This year's
party was enjoyed at the World of
Speed in Wilsonville, Oregon, an
appropriate venue for racers.
Clubs are busy fine-tuning
their trip schedules for the 20172018 ski season. Members should
check the trips section of our
website frequently for new opportunities. We wish everyone a
wonderful and safe season!
Far West Skier's Guide 2O17 - 2O18 / See the Digital Edition of the Far West Skier's Guide at www.fwsa.org.