Pre-Camp Checklist

Stuff for Prior To Your First Fall Camp Session:

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1.) Daily Trail Fees (if you are not a Mt Bachelor season pass holder)

If you do not have a Mt Bachelor season pass, you must purchase a trail pass for every day you attend the Fall Camp. FYI: We do not automatically include passes in the Camp fees because so many Camp attendees have season passes.

Unlike some pre-2020 Camp years, all trail passes are now being purchased directly from Mt Bachelor. To save Camp morning time and hassles, you are strongly urged to buy your passes on-line at least one day ahead of Camp days. (Passes are non-refundable so it's probably wise on your end to wait until that day ahead point.)

Mt Bachelor Nordic daily on-line tickets found here

Note: Mt Bachelor Nordic season pass holders do not need any extra Camp pass, but you should allow time on your first Camp morning to make sure you've activated your season pass if it's your first day skiing of the winter. That process will be detailed via season pass emails from Mt Bachelor shortly.

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2.) Signed Fall Camp Waiver and Health/Safety Agreement

All Campers are required to sign both a Fall Camp waiver and a Health/Safety Agreement to take part in the 2021 Fall Camp.

Because we are meeting outside for all Camp days, we MUST get these forms before your first Camp day. Collecting papers outside when we getting a Camp morning ramped up is a nightmare!

If you have not already, please ASAP get a signature on the waiver plus the signature side of the Health agreement --- then scan/photo those pages & email the two signature pages to the Camp << jd at xcoregon dot org >>. Thanks in advance for this folks!

Oregon Fall Camp waiver

Camp Health & Safety Agreement

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3.) Where, When, How Do We Meet For Daily Camp Ski Sessions?

The Cascade Lakes Highway (aka Century Drive) is the only way up to Mt Bachelor from Bend and for non-locals is very easy to find from any lodging location. Just ask at your hotel’s front desk.

The Nordic Center is at the West Village parking lot which is literally the very end of the plowed highway in the winter. You’ll see the Center log building to the immediate right as you enter a very large parking lot. Allow at least 30 minutes drive time from Bend to get to the Center. If there is bad weather you should allow 10-15 minutes extra time for slow roads and traffic. On all weekends -- particularly a weekend with fresh snow and clear skies -- road traffic can be crazy busy if you leave the city limits after 8am. On weekends and blue bird powder days, you are strongly urged to get an extra early start (meaning up to 30 minutes early)!!!  Pack a picnic breakfast and your favorite morning beverage. Enjoy great parking the early AM from the comfort of your car. If you want, you can also get in a few minutes of bonus pre-Camp session skiing once the pass gate opens.

You can see a tourism office map of town at this link. The road up to Mt Bachelor is in the lower left corner of the map.

Every Camp morning, the Camp meets in the Nordic Bowl 50m immediately below the Nordic pass gate -- on our skis -- ready to get going!  Coach J.D. is really loud and there aren't a lot of other groups gathering at 8:45am.  You will not miss us if you are on-time.

Unless you are notified otherwise about special situations, assume all Camp sessions will start promptly at 8:45am. 

We do tend to operate Fall Camp sessions on-time or very close. If you are late, you have to find us. We will not be able to wait for you and we will not respond to morning messages (text, email, phone, pigeon, smoke signals, doesn't matter, don't try it, it won't happen). If you arrive late, always look in the Nordic Bowl immediately below the Center first -- then go to the Nordic Oval. If you find any Fall Camp group, join them temporarily until our half-time break. Please note that the Camp cannot offer refunds for folks that miss our group start time for any reason.

If you arrive early, please note that we do NOT promise the Nordic Center doors will be open before 8:30am. Please do not pester the staff demanding the doors be open (the Center often opens a little early as a courtesy just for us!). If the doors happen to be closed, just sit tight at your car with your gear on until the go time (or do a pre-Camp hot lap or two on the trails to warm up!).

Note that there is very limited space in the Nordic Center to change your gear. There is also no gear storage currently inside the Center during the Camp sessions. Your best option for changing and gear storage is your vehicle. Alternatively a small weather-proof bag of spare clothes with no valuables in it is probably OK left outside near the ski racks (ask the Nordic gate person for advice on a good storage spot). Please note that neither the Center or the Camp is responsible for any gear left unsecured in a (very) public place. You gotta be responsible for any loss. Ye be warned.

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3.) What to bring to the Camp in general  (mostly this is for non-locals)

Ski Gear for both skating and/or classic techniques...If you are classic skiing, your own supply of kick wax is necessary. If you don’t want to mess around with kick wax, a good pair of waxless skis is strongly encouraged. You should plan to kick wax BEFORE our scheduled meeting time each morning -- we can't hold up the group waiting for you to get World Cup quality grip/glide. A lightweight water bottle and holster is a good idea (we will be skiing at 6,100-6,300ft).

For clothing, plan on moderately cold weather and dress in layers. Temps in the 20s and 30s are the norm, but it can be cooler than that in the mornings when we start skiing. It'll feel much colder if there is wind (the Mt B parking lot is often windy when the trails themselves are not so much). Often it will warm up as we ski and you'll want to peel off layers. Coaches will have a plan for you to do just that and to keep your gear safe. Plan on having at least two sets of workout clothes in your car in case of wet weather (we will not cancel a session because of bad weather!). If it's wet, at the very least have two sets of gloves and hats.

All restaurants in Bend are casual and our camp lectures are very casual.

Other items.....clothes for dry land activities (Bend itself often doesn't have snow when the mountain is all white), sunscreen, swimsuit if your lodging has a spa, warm smiles, positive attitude.

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5.) Can I work on skis somewhere during the Camp?

Mt Bachelor Nordic Center has a couple of informal wax benches for scraping skis or applying kick wax. Access depends on current Health/Safety protocols. They are NOT excited about anyone heating wax in the Center however.

Shops in town used to offer free use benches, but health/safety issues and (honestly) poor clean-up habits from skiers has largely ended this availability.

For folks from out-of-town, often the best solution is to glide wax your skis just before you head to Bend with a "best guess" glide wax based on weather forecasts. A good generic guess for any year is a mid-range temp wax of any brand. Remember that the weather at Mt Bachelor often is radically different that weather in Bend itself. The link in this paragraph is matched precisely for the Nordic Center location in the mountains.

If you are only skiing for 3-5 days, you don't really need to re-glide wax in that short of time. This is not a race situation and you aren't going to ski so much in that span to need fresh glide wax.

Experienced skiers that travel can tell you that it's pretty easy to scrape off travel wax in a parking lot after you arrive to your destination. You don't need a profile or bench to do a "just OK" job of scraping off travel wax. A scraper and even a small brush is easy to pack in your bags. The enviro-friendly skier knows that a really cool trick is to use a trash can outside your lodging as something to lean your ski against for scraping. That way your shavings go straight into the trash leaving no mess and no shavings to get into soil or water.

A neat trick for your return journey for those that fly to Camp is to "travel wax" your skis simply by rubbing on a block of really warm paraffin wax on the tips and tails after your last ski session. That'll protect any areas the skis rub (with or without ski ties which you should also have). This simple trick really simplifies things. For those that drive long distances, if your ski bag isn't going to be bumped around a ton, you don't even need to do the rub on. Just use ski ties and re-wax when you are home.

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