Sunday, March 20. Spring is here? The snows continue to come down and provide us with good skiing. Crowds at the Santiam Snopark appear to be diminishing as we found few cars when we arrived at 9:00. It was lightly snowing and a stiff breeze was putting the wind chill somewhere in the low 20’s or below so 5 of us bundled up and headed towards the PCT highpoint above Booth Lake. As we got to higher elevations we were finding wind exposed surfaces a bit crusty and icy and changed my plan to ski the ridge line down toward Square Lake and instead made our way into the crater below the PCT. Bianca, Dayna, Fiona, and I had fun runs and good workout climbs as we did multiple trips to the bottom. The bottom of the crater provided a nice protection from the persistent stiff breeze where we had a fairly leisurely lunch before the final climb out and fun ski back down to the Skyline trial. The snow was not as fluffy as it could be but was still soft enough for nice turns as we sought out the most fun route. Just another of those great ski days with the best of company.
By Bob Young