As we headed up the McKenzie Highway, we realized we would probably find new snow up in the mountains since we ran into falling snow around Leaburg. We weren’t wrong, and on arrival at the Ray Benson Sno Park, found 3-4” of lovely new powder on top of a packed base, offering fantastic skiing conditions.
Sue Wolling was the official leader of the trip, but thanks to her recent bike accident, resorted to snowshoes to enjoy the big outdoors. Lyndell Wilken also donned her snowshoes to keep Sue company, while the other nine participants strapped skis on and headed off on the Circle Lake trail, ably guided by Chris Stockdale. Several of the group found enough hills on which to practice their telemark turns while others enjoyed long glides on the trail. We had lunch at the Island Junction shelter where Sue and Lyndell caught up with us to enjoy the warmth of the wood stove already burning. After lunch the group split, with the more ambitious heading for the Brandenberg Shelter, adding another 2 miles to their day, while the others headed back for the cars and the comfortable warm shelter at the parking area.Members: Sue Wolling, Chris Stockdale, Sam Miller, Chris Shuraleff, Lyndell Wilken, Tom Woxell, Harold Thompson, Becky Lipton, Jonathan Jost, John Hegg. Nonmembers: Sara Christensen.
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