Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol

Gold Lake Cabin

If you like snow (and, really, who doesn't?), and like to snowshoe in it and / or backcountry ski in it, and perhaps even camp in it, then maybe you or someone you know might like to join the Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol. There are two levels of involvement, either as a volunteer or a fully qualified patroller (as a member of the National Ski Patrol). We are a volunteer organization from the Eugene/Springfield area, but have had members from Salem, Bend area and Portland. Benefits are too many to list, but training in outdoor emergency care, CPR, mountain travel and rescue, search and rescue, avalanche awareness and safety are some of the highlights.

If you are interested, just drop us a message at wbsp@wbsp.org  with some contact information, or via Facebook message to Terry Kneen or to Douglas McCarty and we will get back to you.


  • Patrol Meeting Wednesday Dec 17 LCC Building 4 Room 106 We will be having a meeting at Lane Community College on Wednesday, Dec. 17 building 4 in room 106. Prospective members should come at 7 p.m.  The topic for ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 9:30 PM by Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol Ski
  • Ski Swap 2014 Lane Country Fair Grounds Come to the Eugene Ski Swap to sell or to get some great buys. If you have items to sell bring them Thursday from 9 am to 9 p.m ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014, 9:35 PM by Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol Ski
  • Meeting and Open House Oct. 15, 7 p.m. LCC Building 4 Room 106 Interested in finding out about our patrol. Come to the first meeting of the year!The Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol is already preparing for the winter season. We will be ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014, 8:32 AM by Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol Ski
  • Dreaming of more snow This is a photo from 2011 of the inside of Fuji Shelter. I had to dig my way into the shelter. There are great views of Diamond Peak from the ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2014, 10:06 PM by Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol Ski
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Gold Lake Snow Park

The Gold Lake Snow Park is located one-half mile northwest of Willamette Pass, approximately 30 miles east of Oakridge

The Gold Lake Patrol Cabin is known as one of the finest Nordic facilities in Oregon. The services it provides are unique. Staffed solely by the Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol volunteers (not associated with the commercial Willamette Pass downhill ski area), the cabin serves as an office and an overnight medical/search/rescue base for the patrol; a daytime warming center for winter recreationists complete with hot drinks, snacks, and a cozy wood stove; an information center where visitors can buy trail maps, receive winter safety information, and get up-to-date weather and trail conditions; and serves as a coordination point for overdue recreationists, medical aid requests, and day or extended trip registration.

The cabin is a 20'x30' enclosed log structure with windows on three sides and a metal roof. Completed in 1986, it was constructed primarily by Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol volunteers with assistance from Forest Service staff and the Marine reserves.