Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Wind snow plow plan tweaked

CARSON — State, federal and Skamania County officials are making a slight change to snow-plowing plans for the Upper Wind River Winter Sports Area.

Road No. 30 will be plowed to Koshko Sno-Park, which will be available exclusively for snowmobile riders. The Old Man Pass Sno-Park will be plowed for skiers and snowshoers. The tubing hill parking lot also will be plowed.

Originally, the plan for road No. 30 was to plow as far north as McClellan Sno-Park for non-motorized users.

Financing for snow removal is limited this winter and plowing may be discontinued before spring.

Nordic ski fair slated Tuesday

PORTLAND — The Oregon Nordic Club’s free ski and winter sports fair will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Multnomah Art Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Used equipment will be sold from 6:10 to 8:45 p.m. Equipment will include cross-country, backcountry and telemark skis; winter clothes and snowshoes, but no downhill skis.

Programs on cross-country and tele-skiing will be presented, plus there will be showing of gear by The Mountain Shop.

Skiers will be able to sign up for a variety of nordic lessons.

A raffle is planned with the money used to support trail maintenance in the Mount Hood and Gifford Pinchot national forests.

Oregon parks pass discounted

Oregon is offering a $5 discount during December on the state park day-use parking permit.

Required at 26 Oregon parks, the permit normally costs $30, but $25 this month.

Parking permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle. Visitors who do not buy the long-term passes must buy $5 daily permits. Oregon also offers a 24-month pass priced at $50.

The permits can be purchased by calling 1-800-551-6949. Callers may use debit or credit cards with VISA or MasterCard logos.

Customers also can buy the permits at major Oregon park offices and selected local businesses. A list of vendors is online at www.oregonstateparks.org/dayuse_permit_vendors.php.

Among the parks where the day-use permit is needed are Fort Stevens and Ecola on the coast plus Benson, Dabney, Mayer and Rooster Rock in the Columbia River Gorge.