So... when one plans a ski trip for weeks ahead of the date, one never knows what the weather and snow conditions will be like. When our group met at South Eugene High School, more than one person confessed that - given the weather - they thought that sleeping in might have been a better option than skiing this day. But persistence and perseverance pay off! The heavy rain in the Eugene area gave way to slushy snow by the time we reached McKenzie Bridge, and the snow at Santaim Pass was fresh and powdery over a good base. The winds were strong enough to make us decide to keep off the southern exposures and ridge tops, but the skiing in the open skeleton of trees in the burn was very nice. We skied to a small lake on the west side of Jack Ridge, then skied down past the Rock Pile and down to the old Santiam trail and back to the snow park. A very nice loop, great snow conditions and congenial company!Members: Sue Sullivan, Mari Baldwin, John Mowat, Jim Whitfield. Nonmembers: Paul Murtaugh.
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