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North Santiam Backcountry Ski

Nine CONC members skied the backcountry from North Santiam Sno-Park toward Three Fingered Jack on Sunday, March 26.

“Conditions were ideal with about one to two inches of fresh snow on top of a compacted base, blue skies and pleasant temperatures,” says group leader Susan Sullivan. “We skied to a small lake on the west side of the ridge, and had a fun — but all too quick — downhill run back to the parking lot.

“There is still plenty of snow at Santiam and this should be skiable for a few weeks — very fun group and a great day.”

The group skied through an area charred by a forest fire in the past, but the openings meant mountain views for much of the day.

Skier Cliff Mitchell says a “soft surface with firm base made for easy climbing, and sunshine all day made for a fun downhill return trip.”


            (Photos by Susan Sullivan and Cliff Mitchell)