Oregon Spring Camp

Oregon Spring XC Ski Camp
April 15-18, 2021

Mt Bachelor/Bend, Oregon
Created For Adult Skiers & Racers ( Juniors welcome with adult chaperone )


Camp Updates (Latest update -- April 17, 7:00pm):

--> For Current Campers: Pre-Camp Checklist Page

--> For Current Campers: Spring Camp Off Snow Page

--> For those that missed out on the incredible 2021 Oregon Spring Camp with a ton of high-quality snow (like many, many feet worth), crystal clear skies, warm temps, and amazing skiing (yes, it's OK and natural to feel immediate envy, you are among friends here) -- the 2021 Oregon Fall Camp is tentatively slated for December 2-11. Full info coming to this website by late summer.

Spring Camp Registration (see notes above)

Current NOAA forecast for Mt. Bachelor trail system.

Current Mt. Bachelor weather/snow conditions.

For more camp information: Email: [ jd at xcoregon dot org ] or call (541) 317-0217.


Oregon Spring Camp Registration -- see above updates.


Spring Camp is COVID-Safe For 2021!

Based on the success of our 2020 Fall Camp (held safely in the very different pandemic atmosphere of early December where skyrocketing case loads and travel restrictions on out-of-state skiers had us all a wee bit jumpy), looking at April 2021 XC Oregon feels very secure in offering a slightly-modified Spring Camp program that offers all the great ski education benefits Oregon Camps are famous for around the XC ski world -- but also keeping every Camper and Coach safe.

All Campers are urged to devise a personal transportation plan that keeps you distanced and safe throughout the Camp. For out-of-area skiers, this plan should begin when you leave home and end when you get home. Stay. Safe! For 2021, the Spring Camp discourages car-pooling except when skiers have established a tight safety pod with each other; in the event that all skiers in a car have been vaccinated with necessary absorption time; and/or utilizing a CDC/OHA recommended car-sharing plan with windows open, masks on, and recommended spacing within the vehicle.

At the mountain, we will meet outside each morning in the Nordic Center "Bowl" (50m below the trailhead gate) right at 8:45am unless you are notified of a different time. All skiers are required to properly wear face coverings for all at-pause time during the Camp. We also request all Campers to seek out safe spacing (6+ feet) both when at pause and (when possible) while skiing. When skiers are in motion, face coverings can be lowered to allow safe air exchange (Mt Bachelor is 6300 feet and Nordic skiing is the world's best cardio activity). Camp Coaches will often seek to deliver information at an excessively safe distance (10-15+ feet) so that we can lower face coverings in order for Campers to understand our information. Note: As of February 2021, one year into the pandemic, it is notable that there has not been one documented case worldwide of COVID-19 transmission in an outdoor recreation setting similar to what we do at the Oregon Camps!.

When we take a mid-session break, all Campers and coaches will utilize private cars for shelter as needed. Campers should plan on bringing your own refreshments to enjoy in your car or outside on your own, safely spaced from others. The Nordic Center restrooms are open in a one-way traffic flow. Often the weather is nice enough in April that you can sit outside for a short break (but it can also be snowy so be prepared for anything).

Any outdoor afternoon dryland sessions will follow the same general safety parameters as the on-snow sessions. Face coverings when at pause in a group -- spacing -- and everything outdoors.

Any Spring Camp Video Review will be entirely virtual or extraordinarily spaced (and outdoor) for 2021. We had good success using Zoom Video Review (both live and recorded) at the Fall Camp and plan to repeat that plan for Spring Camp.


Daily Schedule (preliminary only, subject to change)

Mornings -- Ski sessions meet roughly from 8:45am - 11:45am each day at Mt Bachelor.

Afternoons -- (pending demand) 1-2 Dryland Clinics looking at rollerski technique, specific foot drills, and/or XC strength routines. Afternoon events are always in Bend. Note: Afternoon dryland activities will be scheduled based on Camper interest and feedback as well as local weather conditions. It is not unusual for the Spring Camp to make a day-by-day decision with regards to any dryland session so your flexibility is appreciated.


Oregon Spring Camp Registration Page -- see above updates.

What Is Included In Camp Fees

Your Camp Fees include:
-- Morning on-snow ski coaching sessions;
-- On-demand options for setting up afternoon drylands activity clinics (Thurs-Sat options only);
-- Our famous Oregon Camp flexible scheduling so you can select any order of Camp days you prefer;
-- Fun, low-key, inclusive atmosphere plus personalized info for every camper!

Camp price does NOT include trail fees, meals, lodging or transportation. Lab testing is also an added fee.

Current members of the American Cross Country Skiers may deduct $10 from any registration price. IMPORTANT: See AXCS Member registration info on Registration page for the process on this discount.

Extra cost Please note that campers with 3-4 day packages will have first priority with regards to scheduling available Fall Camp lab testing slots. Skiers in Central Oregon can easily test before and after camp weeks at the Camp group rate if we schedule your test.


Basics About The Camp

The Oregon Spring Camp offers adult skiers a very unique chance to take part in a world-class, on-snow ski education experience in the spring. Mt Bachelor typically holds sufficient snow on the Nordic Center trails to allow grooming into June -- so our Camp dates are actually in the middle of the "late season" for the Oregon Cascades!

Spring is a great time to work on technique and new skills in a low-key setting. For those folks in low elevations with little to no snow from April to November, a Spring Camp gives you a chance to "touch base" with skiing and shorten the span from one on-snow season to the next.

IMPORTANT: Due to the very small size of this camp, participants will need to be at least at the high beginner skill level to take part. Fitness is less of an issue than having decent basic skills to actually ski on flats, uphills, and downhills. We generally will not ski tons of km's each morning, but we absolutely will not be able to offer basic, "never ever" beginner skill sessions for either technique at this camp. Please also remember that ski conditions are also highly variable in the late spring so you also need to be comfortable skiing on anything from fresh powder, to soft spring corn, to occasional very hard "melt/freeze" conditions. If you are worried about your skill level, please contact the Camp before registering so we can help you decide if this event is right for you.


More Info

Our camp structure allows most skiers to operate at their own pace 99% of the time, thus eliminating pressure for skiers to either "keep up with the top guys/gals" or waste time waiting for other folks to catch up (both common complaints at other camps/clinics you can find out there). We promise to keep you moving as much as possible while also keeping the information flow -- specific to your needs -- coming in every session. We use video review in several sessions (weather permitting).

All on-snow sessions concentrate on application of specific technical elements combined with real world workout designs used by world-class skiers (of all ages). Individual technical feedback is a huge part of the process rather than concentrated in a traditional, stand around and watch clinic. Past participants really enjoy this approach which allows for both the best of lots of personal ski time and loads of feedback on how to improve your skiing.

What About A Choice Of Techniques?

Since our core audience is adult skiers & racers that often ski in both techniques, we organize all sessions with a theme of either skating or classic technique as much as possible. If there are enough skiers in the same boat (i.e. classic only at a designated skate session), we simply create a separate group for that technique. But please note that we can't promise separate groups each day. Sometimes our coaches will need to split techniques in the same group. Being small we have a lot of flexibility and are used to adjusting to all needs.

Optional Lab Testing

An incredibly unique element to the Oregon Spring Camp is the chance to get a complete ski-specific physiology testing at the Central Oregon Community College lab. The testing includes lactate zones, body comp, and VO2max values.

Even very casual adult skiers have been blown away by the information for basic health and fitness they have gotten out of this very simple testing procedure. For serious racers, the lab values give you precise heart rate zones (no more guessing!) just as you enter your on-snow training season. More than once, skiers have told us that coming away equipped with the specific training zone information provided by the lab is worth the cost of the camp by itself!

The ski specific lab test involves skiwalking on a treadmill at progressively higher speeds with special poles provided by the lab. Tiny blood samples are gathered about a half dozen times from the tips of a couple fingers. You use normal dryland clothing for this test and are not required to bring anything special or make any special preparations except being well-rested. The lab staff is very used to guiding novice folks thru the test and the whole thing is over with in about a half hour. A cycling-specific test can also be arranged for campers that would rather test on a bike (you will need to bring or rent a performance bike). When possible, it is very much recommended that skiers try and get to Bend such that you can test the day before your actual camp format begins (example: arrive on Monday or Tuesday for a Weds-Sun camp). Having fresh legs gives you the most accurate test results.

Optional Afternoon Sessions

Any afternoon dryland sessions will be held on Bend's westside. If we have enough interest within the Camp groups, we'll offer short dryland sessions focused on roller skiing and/or specific foot. These will not be workouts (so don't worry about keeping up or fitness). Dryland sessions are more a way to take a quick look at what you may be doing already for either rolling or specific foot and learn some new tricks to try during the off-season. Never-ever roller skiers should absolutely try rolling on your own before the Camp in a safe/controlled location (a flat park with smooth paved trails and grass on the side is perfect).

Camp Staff

The Camp Director and Founder is J.D. (John) Downing, Coach/Director of the XC Oregon club based in Bend, -- American XC Skiers (US masters association) National Director, and founder/editor of xcskiworld.com website. Additional coaches are enlisted to help with coaching on various workouts. Every year our campers tell us how pleased they were with the coaches and consistent help they received at the Spring Camp.


Additional Stuff To Know


The outdoor recreation capital of the Pacific Northwest...Bend is located on the east side of the Cascade mountain range in very nearly the center of Oregon. The mountains above Bend, Oregon typically offer one of the earliest, longest, and most consistent ski seasons in North America with Mt. Bachelor's Nordic Center typically opening the week before Thanksgiving weekend and snow lasting thru June in most years. We anticipate 8-20km of trails will be available at Mt. Bachelor, groomed daily by snowcat at the 5900-6300ft. elevation.

Within a few hours of Bend are many other popular visitor destinations including Smith Rocks, Crater Lake National Park, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, the Columbia River Gorge, Steens Mountain, and the Oregon Coast.


Transportation is not included in the camp package.

Flying to the camp?

Flying direct to Bend?
The Redmond/Bend Airport (RDM) is located 15-20 minutes from downtown Bend and serves Central Oregon with daily direct connections from Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle with three carriers...Delta, United Airlines, and Horizon/Alaska Airlines (Delta partner). Folks from the northeast and midwest can get to Redmond/Bend in as little as two flights and in as little as a half day of travel time. Returning home takes a bit longer on the clock due to losing 2-3 hours due to various time zones. RDM is a reliable regional airport with weather very rarely impacting spring flights. Budget, Hertz, National, and Avis all have offices in the Redmond/Bend airport.

Flying into Portland?
The Portland (PDX) airport has loads of daily connections from throughout North America and is a 3+ hour drive from Bend. Flights can be cheaper into PDX or not much different than Redmond/Bend -- it just depends on when you buy and from whom. Portland is very reliable in spring weather for flying. However, the drive time plus driving conditions is something you need to keep in mind as you will have to cross a 4000ft mountain pass to get to Bend and spring storms can sometimes make things a little bit snowy (but very rarely bad in the late spring).

What about driving to Bend?
By car, Bend is 3+ hours from Portland....7-9 hours from Tahoe/Sacramento/Bay Area in California...5-7 hours from the Seattle area...5-6 hours from Boise...10-12 hours from the Salt Lake City area.

What about getting to skiing?
Drive time from westside Bend lodging locations to skiing will vary from 15-30 minutes, one way. Having a car or carpool with other campers is pretty much a necessity. The Spring Camp does not provide ground transportation. The schedule for all on-snow sessions are always subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Lodging is not included in the camp package

The west side of Bend features several lodging options to suit any budget. NOTE: If researching your own lodging options not shown here, be aware that the shortest access to skiing is via the west side of Bend. Make sure to ask any reservation desks not on this list exactly how long it takes to drive to Mt. Bachelor as well as the intersection of Colorado and 14th/Century to get an idea of how long it will take you to reach ski and evening sessions.

A ton of additional lodging options plus loads of other visitor info for the Bend area is found on the Visit Bend website.

TownePlace Suites located at the Century Drive (14th Street) and Colorado roundabout. Kichenettes are available with two major grocery stores a short walk away. Breakfast is complimentary each morning with warm cookies and milk in the early evening.

Hampton Inn Mill District located across the river from the Mill District retail/dining/entertainment area. Easy walking to tons of shops, a half dozen eating locations, and a movie complex. About a mile to a grocery store. Quick access to mountain highway. Breakfast is complimentary.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. This hotel is very close to the north side of downtown Bend so an additional 5-10 minutes drive than the Townplace up to the mountain (the trade-off being easy walking distance into downtown). Breakfast is complimentary each morning. Warm cookies with milk in the early evening. Call 800-257-3000 for Central Reservations or 541-318-1747 for Hotel Front Desk Reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn... 541-617-6111 ...very nice hotel overlooking the popular Mill District retail/dining/entertainment area in Bend along the river just south of the downtown core. Easy walking to tons of shops, a half dozen eating locations, and a movie complex. About a mile to a grocery store. Quick access to mountain highway.

Best Western Premier Peppertree Inn at Bend... 541-389-8800 ... a brand new large hotel located at the last west Bend roundabout (Mt Washington Drive) before you head up to Mt Bachelor. Short drive or walking distance from grocery, restaurants, Mill District entertainment.

The Oxford Hotel ... (877) 440-8436 ...located in the heart of downtown Bend Oregon. Bend's only boutique hotel, offering amenities and luxuries you simply won't find anywhere else in town. Easy walking to loads of shopping, restaurants, brew pubs, art galleries.

DoubleTree by Hilton ... 541-317-9292...located in the heart of downtown Bend Oregon. All-suite hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet & complimentary wireless internet access throughout the Hotel. Easy walking to loads of shopping, restaurants, brew pubs, art galleries.

The Seventh Mountain Resort... 541-306-7433...closest location to skiing, located roughly 4 miles from the main edge of westside Bend up the Cascade Lakes Highway; various sizes of suites and condos; on-site resaurant; the trade-off is the location requires a 5-10 minute drive into town for grocery trips, downtown fun, evening sessions, etc..

Loge Entrada ... 541.382.4080...clean, quiet, totally remodeled lodge and hostel located one mile from Bend's western edge on the way up to Mt. Bachelor (cuts a few minutes off your drive up/down); 5 minute drive to grocery store or Mill District, 8 mins to downtown Bend.

A Stone's Throw Bungalow Vacation Rentals ... 541-241-6676 ... Features a mix of modern and historic homes of all sizes in downtown and westside Bend. All homes are within 10 blocks of downtown. Great last minute rates. email: [email protected]

Bend Vacation Rentals... 541-385-9492... features great deals on rental homes for several skiers traveling together and all of our rentals are on the West Side of Bend with one house on the SE side.
email: [email protected]
website: bendvacationrentals.com

Lavabelles Vacation Rentals... 541.497.3242 or 888.820.5084...features a unique collection of historic homes located in Downtown Bend, across from McMenamins, and the near Westside.
email: [email protected]
website: lavabelles.com

Mt. Bachelor Village Resort ... condos and suites (all sizes), 800.452.9846... located above Deschutes River on Bend's west side... quick access to Bend Athletic Club, Mill District, grocery stores.

Rainbow Motel... 888.529.2877 ...clean, quiet motel located in the "midtown" area; not in the fanciest area of town, but very affordable and safe; short walk to grocery or downtown.

For more camp information: Email: [ jd at xcoregon dot org ] or call (541) 317-0217.