There are four types of skiers who ought to try the Hoodoo Ski Bowl: skiing families who like an area with low-budget tow prices and dormitory rates; experts who like to bushwhack through fresh powder in open pine forests; nostalgic veterans who yearn for the old days when the trails didn't get packed out for a week after a storm and you knew half the people at the lodge; and spring skiers who think the season is just getting under way in April. For these types, Hoodoo, a cozy resort high in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, is the Spot to Ski. A three-hour drive from Portland, Hoodoo has the only chair lift in Oregon outside of the teeming Mt. Hood area. The Hoodoo chair stretches 4,000 feet over a 1,000-foot vertical rise to the top of Hoodoo Butte. The runs down, a combination of open-slope and trail skiing, are mainly intermediate, but there is the famous Hoodoo Headwall and plenty of powder off in the woods for the experts. On the lower slopes are three more rope tows for beginners and lower intermediates. And you can ride all day on the ropes for $1.50. The chair costs only $3.50, about half the price of a day at a big resort. The cafeteria serves hot meals, and a bed at the lodge is $2.50 per night ($1.50 if you bring your own blankets).
The scenery here is so beautiful, and the snow so good—particularly in the late spring—that many skiers prefer touring to riding the lift. By setting out cross-country they can pick their own trail, stop for a long, quiet lunch, then wind up the day with an easy swing back through the woods.
SKIING ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Be sure to check resorts for latest condition changes
UP—inches of snow on upper slopes and trails
LO—inches of snow on lower slopes and trails
CR—crowd last Saturday
SN—inches of snow last week
Hoodoo Ski Bowl, Ore.: Skiing fair to good on wet snow. LO 82, SN 31.
Mount Hood, Ore.: Severe snow storm hit area last weekend, bringing new cover but chasing skiers to lower slopes. Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce ski school expects 2,500. Skiing excellent on trails between Timberline Lodge and Govt. Camp. UP 145, SN 48, CR 800.
Mount Spokane, Wash.: All tows operating, and skiing generally excellent on fine dry cover over packed base. Ski weekend package deal, including round-trip plane fare from Seattle, now being offered for $62.10 by Where-to-Go Travel Service. UP 36, CR 800, SN 12.
Mount Baker, Wash.: Good skiing in fresh powder left by week-long storms. Attenhofer racing skis favorite among local hotshots.SN 70.
Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.: Big weekend crowd skied all over Chalet Mountain. Wednesday and Thursday night skiing started January 1. Fashion eye-catcher is gold, black striped parka, topping gold stretch pants. SN 60, CR 2,000.