Hoodoo to Little Nash Crater

March 6, 1977

We left Eugene at 7:00 a.m. Since we were unable to locate any plowed out parking areas near Clear Lake or Fish Lake, we parked the shuttle car at Little Nash Crater. This made the trip out on the Forest Service road a little less interesting than the run to Clear Lake.

We left HooDoo on skis at 9:30 a.m. and encountered fairly strong wind between HooDoo and Hayrick. However, the wind was not bothersome after we descended into the Big Lake basin.

The snow depth was sufficient for the tour at approximately three feet. The snow condition did not present any problem though it could have been better, but then it could have been a lot worse too. Although a storm front was obviously moving in, the bad weather, fortunately, waited until after the tour. The only problem we had was one broken ski pole basket which was easily fixed with a little wire.

We had a good group of pleasant and compatible people. A good time was had on some downhill runs, both on and in the snow. We had lunch in the pass between Sand Mountain and unnamed hill. The occasional sound of a snowmobile brought out the usual remarks—deleted. We ended an enjoyable tour at Little Nash Crater around 2:30 p.m. Had the weather been a little less threatening, would have been fun to have stayed for a couple of hours near Sand Mountain and run some of the slopes. Those enjoying the trip were Arden and Wayne Johnson, Glenn Meares, Marriner Orum, Carol Petit, Carol Petrell, Dave Predeek, Charlene and Mark Simpson, Merle Traudt, Lew Ward, Dan Weinstein, and Mike and leader Allen Niems.


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