Prior To Your First Fall Camp Session:
1.) Trail Fee Payment
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 over half of Camp attendees have season passes.
The good news is that the Fall Camp has again been generously given a discounted trail fee of $14 per day for Fall Campers up to 64-years old (there is already a generous regular discount in place for all skiers 65+ years -- scroll to the bottom of this page for details). To get the discounted Camp passes you need to pay for trail passes via XC Oregon on or before your first ski session by one of the payment methods listed below. The discounted pass rate is only good for days you are actually enrolled in the Camp. If you ski extra days on your own (which we encourage), you must purchase separate trail passes at the Nordic Center at regular rates.
Note: You are welcome to buy Camp trail passes on any day at the Nordic Center front counter, but note that it is often NOT possible to get the Fall Camp discount on passes at the front counter plus many Camp mornings someone is not at the counter before we start our Camp ski sessions (technically we often start before the Center is officially open). Ye be warned.
Three ways to buy discounted Fall Camp trail passes....
Bring a check to your first Camp morning.....do NOT fill out the amount ahead of time. It's better that we get the amount 100% correct on your first Camp day. All checks must be payable to XC Oregon.
Bring cash to your first Camp morning.....exact change is really appreciated.
Pay by credit card in advance of your first Camp morning.....the Fall Camp only offers advance on-line payment. You CANNOT pay with a credit card at the mountain & get the special Camp rate (you'll have to use your card for regular trail pass rates at the Mt Bachelor Nordic ticket window). Please note there are added PayPal processing fees of exactly 2.2% + .30 cents are included in the amounts in the button.
Note #1: We set up the PayPal button so that you can pay for up to 5 days of passes for up to two people. Example: a couple skiing 4 Camp days each would select the "8 pass days" option.
Note #2: The rates on the button below apply for skiers up to age 64 years. If you are a skier 65+ years of age, scroll to the very bottom of this page and you'll see a special 65+ years PayPal button. We separate the buttons so there's no way anyone will get them confused!
2.) Signed Fall Camp Waiver and Signed MBSEF Liability Releases
(yes, 2 waiver forms are required).
Print both these out and bring with you to your first camp day to save time. Bonus points are awarded if you scan or take a smart phone picture of your signed waivers and email to -- jd at xcoregon dot org -- in advance of your first camp day!
MBSEF Waiver Here
NOTE: On this waiver just fill in your name at the top (the camp already has your address/phone data on file) and then sign in the 2 spots required on the first page. Only if you have a minor with you will you need to fill out page 2.,
Why are there two waiver/releases?
Due to land use requirements and insurance obligations, the Oregon Fall Camp has to require two different waivers. We try and make this painless as possible & apologize for any minor inconvenience this may cause.
3.) Where Do We Meet For Ski Sessions?
For all AM sessions, plan on meeting at the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center (log building) located immediately to the right as you enter the big West Village parking lot (last parking lot you can go to) at Mt Bachelor ski area at the very end of the plowed portion of the Cascades Lakes Highway.
We meet downstairs at the Nordic Center which means you walk around the log building to the right and under the breezeway to find the downstairs door. Unless you are notified ahead of time (race days on Dec 3 & 11 are likely exceptions), assume all sessions will start (as in we walk out the door and put on skis) at 8:45am. We do start 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 & leaving messages for where to work rarely happens. Look in the bowl below the Center first, then the Oval for a Camp group that you can join.
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 (technically the Center is opening early just for us!). Just sit tight at your car with your gear on and ready until the go time.
The Cascade Lakes Highway (aka Century Drive) is the only way up to Mt Bachelor from Bend and is very easy to find from any lodging location. Just ask at your hotel’s front desk. Nordic Center is at the West Village parking lot which is the end of the highway in the winter. You’ll see the Center to the immediate right as you enter the very large parking lot. Allow at least 25-30 minutes drive time from Bend to get to the Center. If there is bad weather or on the weekends you should allow 10-15 minutes extra time for slow roads and traffic.
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.
4.) What To Bring To The Camp In General
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. 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 will be skiing. Sometimes it will warm up as we ski and you'll want to peel off layers. Plan on having at least two sets of workout clothes in case of wet weather (we will not cancel a session because of bad weather!). Nice clothing is optional.
All restaurants in Bend are casual and our camp lectures are very casual.
For the training workshops and wax clinics -- a notebook and pen/pencils are a good idea (you never know when J.D. is going to say something actually worthwhile).
Other items...running shoes, inside workout clothes for the optional lab test, sunscreen, swimsuit if your lodging has a spa, warm smiles, positive attitude.
5.) Can I glide wax skis somewhere?
Mt Bachelor Nordic Center has a couple of informal wax benches for scraping skis. They aren’t really excited about heating wax in the Center however. Webcyclery/Webskis has a sometimes-available open-use wax bench you can work on skis if you ask nicely and in particular if you actually do some customer-related stuff like buying something (hint, hint!). For folks from out-of-town often the best solution is to wax at your hotel (ask for a spot and they usually can work something out) or have one of our fine shops take care of a fresh wax job. Webcyclery, and Sunnyside Sports both offer waxing services at reasonable prices.
6.) Notice for Campers on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11
Please note that if you'd like to both Camp and race on the same morning, you will undoubtedly miss a good portion of the Camp session. We've tried many things to make both possible in the past -- and it pretty much never worked well. So you can do both, but it will mean making some tough choices.
If you do opt to do both Camp and race on any day, please notify the camp ahead of time so we know what your plan is going to be. You will need to sign up on your own for the races (there is a entry fee that is NOT included in your camp registration).
Head's up to everyone -- the Camp session meet-up times on these race days can shift 15-30 minutes if it improves logistics. We usually decide 2-3 days prior to races based on weather and race sign-up. That said, we try and stick to our regular schedule as that's always preferred when possible.
Trail Pass On-Line Advance Payment for Skiers 65+ ONLY
The button below is for buying trail passes in advance of your first Camp day for Campers that are 65+ years of age ONLY. The Camp isn't going to check your ID so the 65+ rate is purely on the honor system. If you are
Note: The 65+ rates are also available on a daily basis at the Nordic Center front counter without the PayPal fees added. The advantage of pre-paying for passes is that on many mornings someone is not at the front counter before we start our Camp ski sessions (technically we often start before the Center is officially open). Ye be warned.