Join the ORC on this signature, annual backcountry hut ski trip. Snowboarders, alpine touring/randonee, and telemarkers are all welcome! You will have the opportunity to tour, ski or snowboard, and play in the winter environment (pending weather/avalanche conditions).
Friday morning we will drive to Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, then skin up the steep unmarked trail (1,100 ft climb) to the Wing Ridge Hut where we will be staying for two nights. The Wing Ridge Hut (elev. 7200 ft.) is near the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary, 2 miles west of the Salt Creek Sno-Park. This hut provides access to pristine mountain basins above the timberline with stunning scenery. The hut includes a wood stove, camp dishes, kitchen supplies, sleeping pads, camp chairs, composting toilet, and more.
Trip rating is Level 4. Good physical condition is required, experience in the specific activity is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended.
Trip cost includes: group gear, avalanche beacon, shovel, avalanche probe, camping equipment, transportation, cost of the hut, and trip facilitator(s). Alpine touring skis/split board rentals and food are NOT included. Due to the increased expense of hut rentals, the cost of this trip will go up to $250(member)/$350(non-member) on Dec. 1.
There will be a pre-trip meeting on Tuesday January 16, from 6:00-9:00pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center. The pre-trip meeting is mandatory because there is will be an avalanche beacon orientation included. Regular beacon practice and rescue knowledge are necessary in order to be safe in the backcountry.
In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.
• Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund.
• Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund.
• Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.
Trip rating is Level 4.
Good physical condition is required, experience in the specific activity is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended. Participants should be proficient navigating intermediate level terrain on skis/splitboard and have prior experience backpacking and/or traveling in a backcountry winter environment.