The Obsidian Bulletin, February 1947, p. 1

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The OBSIDIAN

Volume VIII Eugene, Oregon, February, 1947 No. 2

Obsidians Sponsor Ski Meet Hoodoo Ski Bowl—March 16

Leading event of the season for the Santiam area skiers will be the All Oregon Class “B” Men’s and Women’s Downhill and Slalom Championships, to be run at Hoodoo Ski Bowl, Santiam Pass, March 16, 1947. Sterling Behnke is general chairman of this Obsidian sponsored meet, the first of its kind to be held in the state. This is an invitational meet and should draw racers from every ski locality in the state. A beautiful array of eighteen cups of graduated sizes have already been procured and suitably inscribed for this meet. It is hoped that some of these trophies will stay at home in permanent possession of some of our local expert performers. Hjalmar Hvam, nationally famous veteran skier of Portland, Oregon has announced his willingness to set the courses for both the downhill and the slalom races. As this is a P. N. S. A. sanctioned meet, several officials of the Pacific Northwest Ski Association will be on hand to help officiate and lend the benefit of their experience in running off sectional and Northwest meets, to the smooth functioning of this Club sponsored affair. To help pay for expenses of this meet, a small fee will be solicited by designated members of the Club, from all non-competing skiers and spectators trekking into the Bowl on the day of the races. As an added attraction and so that many of the more fortunate spectators may go home as happy as event winners, valuable ski merchandise donated by local merchants, will be distributed to lucky ticket holders in the Bowl, during intermissions in the races. Soooooo—the more tickets you have the greater will be your chance to ski out from the Bowl in the latest of fashion, courtesy of ------------ -----------!

This is a no-host meet, but contestants will receive special rates for lodging and meals at Santiam Lodge through the courtesy of Arthur Boes-

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Pack Rats Are Active

The Pack Rats are continuing i:o organize ski trips for Eugene high school students with the use of school district busses. Recent trips have included a Saturday-Sunday trip to Santiam on January 11 and 12, and a Saturday trip to the Willamette on January 18. Senior Obsidians accompanying the group to Santiam were Gene McMurphey, Jim Harrang and Bob Lyon. McMurphey provided instruction for junior Obsidians and other interested students. Willis Caldwell of the Willamette Ski Patrol and a Mazama went with the gang to the Willamette. Trips were also made to the Willamette on February 1 (returning in ample time to enable the skiers to see the John Jay movie) and to Santiam on February 8 and 9.

Summer Outing?

Plans are definitely getting under way for Summer Camp. We now have a Chairman functioning and will soon have a complete committee (we hope). The time is August 3rd to 17th but we would not like to commit ourselves definitely on the place as yet. There are two or three possible locations but until more complete information has been secured we would like to hold the place open. If we can reach a decision before the next bulletin is due out we will send out a separate Prospectus.

The John Jay movie, “Skis in the Sky” was attended by 439 Obsidians and friends. This was an exceptionally good turn-out for a Saturday night affair. The picture is rated as one of the best of its kind in the nation, and all who saw it were very generous in their praise of the program.

Club Dues Are Past Due

Some pay their dues when due, others don’t, do you? If not, please send yours in.

Ski Schools In Session

Ski instructors certified by the Paficic Northwestern Ski Association are now operating ski schools at Santiam and Willamette areas under Forest Service permits. Both Gene McMurphey of the Santiam School and Elizabeth Gullion of the Upper Willamette school have received temporary sanction from P. N. S. A. president, George Henderson. This certification was granted to enable these instructors to start their respective schools immediately. Both ski teachers plan to take the certification tests as soon as they are announced by P.N.S.A. ski instuction certification chairman, Ken Syverson. These two instructors have both had previous experience—Mr. McMurphey instructed in mountain troops and Miss Gullion taught in Hannes Schneider’s internationally known ski school.

Ski Style Show Success

The Obsidian ski style show staged at the McDonald Theater February 20 was presented to a large and appreciative audience. George Korn was general chairman of the event, and should receive the congratulations and thanks of all club members for his enthusiasm and hard work on this and other programs, such as the John Jay and Hans Thorner movies. The program was highly entertaining, with the latest in ski fashions modelled by Junior Obsidian girls and some of the fairest members of the University of Oregon Ski Club. Trophies were presented to the winners of the Jr. Obsidian races held at Hoodoo Bowl February 16. The feature picture was “Sun Valley Serenade”, with plenty of good skiing; and to bring the audience back from the spell of the music, styles and pictures, a second feature, “The Bowery” was also run following the first picture. The club is really going all out to bring novel and worthwhile entertainment to the community.


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