Newsletter – January 2017

Etiquette isn’t just for Emily Post and Miss Manners, it’s also for skiers and snowshoers. In our case etiquette applies to how we share the trails with each other. Most of the time it all works fine, but during the busy holiday season there were some inevitable conflicts between trail users. The Meissner Nordic website has a page called “Trail User Guidelines” which is intended to help prevent conflicts from happening, and if you have seen it before or if you haven’t read it in a while it’s worth a look.

The guidelines are listed in order of priority, so for example if a downhill skier (guideline #3) meets an uphill skier on the right hand side of the trail (guideline #6) the downhill skier has the right-of-way. However, there’s a truism that “right-of-way can be given but not taken” which applies here as well, so if we find ourselves in a situation where the other skier may not know the guidelines or may be unable to follow them it’s always best to give the right-of-way to them rather than try to assert our own right-of-way. 

Here’s a link to another useful article called “Etiquette on the XC Ski Trails”.

As this article says, “One of the coolest things about cross-country skiing is the diversity in ages, techniques and skill level on the trails and as a result it’s important to respect others on the trails and respect the trails.”

Would you be interested in sharing your love of cross country skiing by guiding a blind skier?
Oregon Adaptive Sports will be holding a guide training program

When January 14, 2017
Where Virginia Meissner Sno-Park
From 9 am to 3 pm

We will be teaching how to guide for classic skiing. You will have the opportunity to guide a blind skier that day. We are seeking volunteers who are strong intermediate skiers.

Please RSVP to Pat Adabo, Program director with Oregon Adaptive Sports
Our goal is to hold the training for 4 to 7 volunteers. We really appreciate the RSVP.

Some of our generous sponsors will be setting up shop in the Meissner Lodge on February 18th from 10am to 2pm. They will be available to discuss their expertise with everyone who is interested. 

Mark Your Calendars
Luminaria will Light the Trails February 4th

Luminaria is a fantastic way to experience the Meissner Nordic trails illuminated by candle light. Bring your family, friends and strap on skis or snowshoes for a fun filled night. The 1.5mile trail to the Meissner Shelter will be lit with candles. Everyone will be provided a glow stick to help festively illuminate the trails. This event is Meissner Nordic’s biggest fundraising event. Please join us starting at 5pm until 9pm.

For full details visit our website: 
or our Facebook page

Volunteers need for Luminaria – Saturday, February 4th

The annual Luminaria event is right around the corner and we’re looking for a few volunteers to help with set-up and manning our information table during the event.  Shifts would be approximately 2 hours long, allowing volunteers plenty of time to enjoy the trails before or after your shift.  All training would be provided, you’ll just need to bring yourself, your skis if you plan on hitting the trails before or after your shift, and be ready to have fun while supporting our community.  If you are interested please contact our volunteer coordinator, Ellen Wayte at or (541) 654-1208.

Other Up Coming Events

XC Oregon Learn to Ski:                     January 15th   1pm-2:30pm
Oregon Adaptive Guide Training:   January 14th    9am-3pm
Waffle Feed:                                               February 12th  10am 
Sponsor Day:                                           February 18th  10am-2pm