Hoodoo Butte - Potato Hill Loop

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Leader: Sam Miller
Xski: 8 miles, 1000 ft (Difficult)

A light snowfall greeted our group as we began this outing from the lodge at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. We moved quickly along the busy section of the ski area and were soon rewarded with solitude and an interesting landscape.

Traversing the south side of Hoodoo Butte, we followed rolling terrain through stunted trees flocked with heavy snow. Skiing on a groomed trail, we then descended a short section of a Hoodoo downhill run, and skied a partially broken trail along Potato Hill’s flanks up to its summit.

Lunch on Potato Hill included views of Maxwell Butte, Three Finger Jack, Sand Mountain and other prominent bumps. With little wind and brief sun breaks, we descended the open slopes of Potato Hill and were treated to the sight of Harold Thompson smoothly linking telemark turns.

To complete our circuit we retraced our earlier route and continued our circumnavigation of Hoodoo Butte with an easy downhill run on the ski area slopes.

Members participating in this trip were Sam Miller and Brian Hamilton (co-leaders), John Hartman, Chris Stockdale, Charlie Van Deusen, Sue Wolling, Frank Chemotti, Harold Thompson, Marci Hansen, and Betty Grant. Special thanks to Brian for assisting with this trip.

Members: Sam Miller, John Hartman, Chris Stockdale, Charlie Van Deusen, Sue Wolling, Brian Hamilton, Frank Chemotti, Harold Thompson, Marci Hansen. Nonmembers: Betty Grant.

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