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2023 OSSA Convention - La Grande, Oregon

February 7-11, 2023

Registration is closed. The registration check-in table will be set up for attendees starting Tuesday evening at the Armory and during each evening event thereafter. For more information call (541) 910-0626.

Convention Evening Schedule:

Feb 8, 2023 - Wednesday

What: Chicken Fried Chicken dinner – provided by the American Legion

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: $16.00 – pre-registration & pre-pay is required

Location: 301 Fir Street, La Grande

Feb 9, 2023 - Thursday

What: Street Taco dinner – provided by Raul’s Taqueria

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: $11.50 – pre-registration & pre-pay is required

Location: La Grande Armory – 404 12th Street

Feb 10, 2023 – Friday

What: Pizza – provided by the Tucker Sno Cat, Prinoth and PistenBully dealers

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: -0- pre-registration is appreciated for a pizza count

Location: La Grande Armory – 404 12th Street

Feb 11, 2023 – Saturday

What: Banquet Dinner – provided by Tap That Growlers

Time: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm (dinner @ 6 pm)

Cost: Prime Rib - $24.00 - pre-registration & pre-pay is required

Chicken - $15.00 - pre-registration & pre-pay is required

Location: La Grande Armory – 404 12th Street

There will be a no host beer/wine bar set up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the dinner times. Wednesday dinner at the Legion will have their full bar accessible.

Guided Ride Information:

February 7-10, 2023, we will have guided rides that will break into 3 different types of groups. Please pre-register for the type of ride you want each day. This will help us in getting enough guides for each group.

• Extreme – Mostly off trail and boondocking – Beacons, shovels, and probes are required.

• Intermediate – Combination of trail and off trail riding. We have three riding areas. Our plan is to divide the Intermediate riders into groups and assign them a group # A, B, C or D and give colored ribbons to put on their sleds. We will add riders to each group daily as needed. The guides for their riding area will gather their group and head out. On Tuesday group A will go to lower Ladd, group B will go to Catherine Creek, group C will go to upper Ladd, group D will go to Mt Emily. Then on Wednesday the groups would rotate, group A would go to Catherine Creek, group B would go to upper Ladd, group C would go to Mt Emily and group D would go to lower Ladd. Then on Thursday and Friday the rotation would continue so that each group rides a different area each day. This should give each group a sample of our riding areas.

• Trail – This group will ride trail and any off trail will be wide open flat meadow type areas Unless noted the daily schedule and meeting place(s) for each group TBA later in January.

At this time, lunches will not be provided so bring your own lunch for all rides.

Avalanche Training & Courses:

February 7, 2023 - Tuesday What: Avalanche Awareness Class – Instructors from the Wallowa Avalanche Center Time: 6:30 pm to 8 pm Location: La Grande Armory – 404 12th Street No cost but pre-registration is appreciated. Snacks will be provided.

Click Here for Avalanche Awareness Class Registration

February 9, 2023 – Thursday What: Motorized Companion Rescue Course – Taught by Wallowa Avalanche Center Time: TBA Location: Taylor Green Cost: $135 - OSSA members can use this code OSSA2023 at checkout for $5 off cost of the course.

Click Here for Motorized Companion Rescue Course Registration

Required to have working avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe. Questions contact Wallowa Avalanche Center You will need to pre-register and pre-pay on the Wallowa Avalanche Center webpage.

Secure Parking for Snowmobile Trailers:

It has been confirmed that we can provide secured parking for snowmobile trailers. We have two 3.5 acres of fenced-in fields. These are behind a club members home, and the fields will be plowed. There is only one way in and out. There will be someone watching the comings and goings. Please call (541) 910-0626 for more information.

Recommended motels: 

• La Grande Best Western Rama Inn & Suites, 711 21st Street, (541) 963-3100. Has a swimming pool and hot tub and buffet breakfast. Offers discounted rates.

• Americas Best Value Sandman Inn, 2410 E “R” Ave, (541) 963-3707. Pet friendly. Has a swimming pool and whirlpool and continental breakfast. Offers discounted rates.

• Super 8 by Wyndham, 2407 East “R” Ave, (541) 963-8080. Has coffee and breakfast item. Offers long-term discounted rates if you stay the six nights (Monday thru Saturday).

• The Landing Hotel,1501 Adams Ave, (541) 663-1501. On-street parking.

• The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs, 66172 OR Hwy 203, La Grande OR 97850, (541) 226-3944.

RV Camping:

Rendezvous RV Resort (541) 962-0909

Grande Hot Springs RV Resort (541) 963-5253

There are some Airbnb/Vrbo vacation rentals for those that would rather have a homier stay.

* Remember to mention OSSA convention to get any discount offered.


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