Since founding in 1998, XC Oregon has evolved over the years into several different incarnations depending on local/regional/national demographic needs as well as changing realities specific to the Central Oregon ski community and overall Oregon state-of-Nordic-skiing. For our first 15 years (1998-2013), the primary focus of the XC Oregon program was serving as an elite development organization targeting adult athletes typically 20-39 years of age. As national trends shifted with the needs and focus of young adult racers as well as the relative competitive position of Central Oregon in the elite national scene, XC Oregon gradually evolved towards servicing the needs of master skiers and racers while also increasing our support for a wide range of active outdoor recreation and endurance sport projects in Bend, greater Central Oregon, statewide, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
These days "joining" XC Oregon can consist of everything from merely paid attendance at one of our open-to-the-public events (example: Oregon Fall/Spring Camps), the Friends of XC Oregon program (welcoming all ages and abilities of adult skiers) -- and we still provide nominal travel and race club support for motivated elite skiers living in Oregon with established credentials that wish to continue racing.
Please visit our Event and Friends of XC Oregon pages to find out more about public events and our unique Friends program. For more information or to see about joining us, please email jd at xcoregon dot org with a note of enquiry for XC Oregon Coach/Director J.D. Downing.