January 20-22, 2004
The forecast of 3–7 inches of new snow had us all enthused
as we drove from Eugene to Willamette Pass on the first day
of the overnight trip to Shelter Cove.
It was somewhat disappointing to find only a half-inch or less covering
the crust; however, the sky turned blue and the sun came out as we made
our way from Gold Lake SnoPark in two groups — one on skis and
the other on snowshoes — toward Midnight Lake.
The skiers lunched at the lake and made a couple of circuits while the
snowshoers trekked up the road.
Back at Shelter Cove, we had a gourmet dinner and retired early.
The next day, the fog burned off just as the downhill contingent was
riding the lift and the skinny skiers glided out the access road to the
The two groups met there and agreed the weather was perfect.
Like the previous day, the trails and the runs were pretty much ours alone.
A ski down the Skyline Trail and back burned off the requisite calories to
allow a minor pig out at the lodge that evening.
On Thursday, the group went to Maklaks and divided into ’shoers and
The skiers were surprised by the distance covered and the speed of the
Peter & Kitson Graham,
Charlie Van Deusen.