The Tumalo Langlauf Club (TLC) was organized in October of 1996. Local elite skiers Justin Wadsworth, Ben Husaby, Dick Hunt and Scott Johnson proposed the idea, patterning the club after ski clubs in Europe where each town has its own Nordic ski group. The response from the cross country ski community was positive.
The name, Tumalo Langlauf Club, was chosen by popular vote: “Tumalo” for Tumalo Mountain a local landmark and “Langlauf,” the German word meaning “long run” often used to describe cross-country skiing.
In 2011 the name was changed to Meissner Nordic Ski Club. Today the club boasts a large and vibrant community of cross-country skiers in Central Oregon.
Meissner Nordic Ski Club is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 46-3255513.
In recent years the Meissner Nordic has made incredible achievements at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park by:
- expanding the trail system
- working with the Forest Service in the design and approval process to enlarge the parking lot
- building of the new Meissner Shelter
- purchasing a fabulous PistenBully Snowcat to provide us with exceptional, consistent grooming for both classic and skating
- increased grooming to 5 times per week (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
- building of the permanent lodge / warming hut near the parking lot, complete with tables and wood stove
- working with the Forest Service to install the double CXT toilets
- building of winter recreation information kiosk
- providing reports on grooming activity
Meissner Nordic has also provided back to the community by:
- hosting and coordinating Coaching Clinics and Learn to Ski Days each year
- hosting of several ski tour events including the Luminaries Tour and Tour de Meissner
- hosting of high school ski races
- providing an accessible venue for community groups across Central Oregon to use to grow the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing
Our vision for the next several years includes:
- improving the lodge (permanent sign-board, wood tables, etc.)
- partnering with OSU-Cascades on a pilot project to test solar-powered night lighting
- paying off the loan that helped us buy the PistenBully Snowcat
- growing our membership to ensure our sustainability
For more information regarding the capital improvements see the following press release.