March 10, 1990
We were seven — two down from cancellations that morning.
The fact that all the signs threatened heavy trail breaking had nothing to do with the
cancellations — I’m sure — but, I certainly had my own concerns over the prospects
of a hard challenge ahead.
Clearly the day proved to be a case of just reward for the “constant hearted.”
We arrived at Ray Benson Sno-park late morning, about 11:00 a.m.
Highway snow, slush and traffic presented our biggest challenge by slowing our departure.
Skiing was a treat: fine corn snow — maybe an inch or two — blanketed the way,
enough to mask the feel of a road worn by snow mobiles and provide prime ski conditions.
The snow and weather set the stage for a dramatic day of beauty.
At times the sky stormed with a fine driving snow and then relented.
Intermittently, the clouds parted, letting sunshine and blue sky cheer and warm us.
Lunch was eaten on the way and throughout the day — at least by most of us.
This worked well given the late departure and stormy conditions on Cache Mountain.
By the time we approached the summit, about 2 p.m., the wind was whipping and the snow driving.
The consensus was to turn back before summitting probably another 200 yards — because of the
late hour, long ski ahead and uninviting wind swept top exposed to the gravel of the road.
The return ski provided us with significantly more downhill, but the snow accumulation made us work.
So, getting back to the cars gave us a full day of good company, good exercise and good memories.
Thanks to fellow skiers: Linda Eaton, Jack Engstrom, Colette Govan, John Hudson, Herb McMurtry,
and Leigh Williams-Ward, from Audrey Cummings, leader.