Outdoors

Author will sign book on skiing at Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park and partner Discover Your Northwest will host a book signing Saturday with Port Angeles author Roger Merrill Oakes.

He will be signing copies of his recent book “Skiing in Olympic National Park” from noon-2 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles. The center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

The illustrated 128-page book, part of Arcadia Publishing’s series Images of America, looks at the history of alpine skiing and winter recreation in the area now by the park. Alpine skiing began at Deer Park in the mid-1930s and was accessed only by a narrow gravel road. In 1957, when the Hurricane Ridge Road was completed, the Olympics’ ski area was moved there.

Oakes is a founder and past president of the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club and is well known as a local ski and outdoor recreation enthusiast.

Normally priced at $21.99, the book will be offered at a 15 percent discount during the event.

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