Three Fingered Jack
February 10, 2007
After a month of dry weather, a weak storm finally came in and
dropped a couple of inches of wet snow on top of the hard snow pack.
This was felt to be adequate for our trip, so our seven skiers departed
for Three Fingered Jack early Saturday morning. Fortunately a few more
inches of snow fell at the upper elevations as we skied, which greatly
enhanced the enjoyment of the trip. Leaving Santiam Sno-Park at 9:00 a.m., we quickly made it to the west facing bowl below the saddle of
Three Fingered Jack’s South ridge. On skins, skiers ascended the bowl
halfway before encountering a sheet of blue ice which halted the
ascent. Nonetheless, our group got lots of turns while descending the
bowl and on the way out. We were somewhat surprised at our speed since
we arrived at the cars just after 2 p.m. Skiers included Harold
Thompson, Chris Stebbins, Galen Ohmart, John Cooper, Gary Rayor, Dainis
Irbe and Steve Goins, leader.