The traveling exhibit “Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski History” opens at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum in Government Camp, on January 21, 2018, and will be on view through June.
Nordic skiing was introduced to Central Oregon in the early 1920s by Scandinavian millworkers, including Emil Nordeen and Nels Skjersaa. Their efforts resulted in creation of the Skyliners Ski Club.
Artifacts, oral histories, and videos present the stories of many other local skiers, including U.S. Nordic Ski Team members. On loan from a Swedish museum is the 39” tall solid silver trophy “The Klamath” won by Emil Nordeen after he twice placed first in the Fort Klamath to Crater Lake cross country ski race.
The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum is located at 88900 Government Camp Loop, Government Camp; open 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. daily; 503-272-3301.