‘Powder-riffic’ Ski In ‘Knee-Deep’ Snow

Some 13 CONC skiers had a “powder-riffic” outing on Sunday, Feb. 18, when 1 ½ feet of fresh snowfall in the Cascades meant they could hit the back-country trails again.

In one weekend, snow at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park went from nearly non-existent to knee-deep powder, with snow piled high on coniferous branches. Two groups headed out of the Swampy parking lot – one to the Swampy shelter and another to Swede shelter.

“Today’s ski outing was powder-riffic. Smooth floating,” says Carol Iverson, who led one of the groups.

Pat Haim called the foray into a winter wonderland “glorious” and “a breath of fresh powder.”

After a long spell of no meaningful snowfall, Sunday marked the first large CONC ski outing in three weeks.

“Just when we had given up hope!” says Linda Frost. “Wonderful, perfect snow!”

Adds James Cagney: “Sue Sullivan said it was ‘frog snow.’ I said ‘What?’” Susan’s reply, he continues, was “Knee-deep. Knee-deep. Knee-deep. Knee-deep. Knee-deep.”

Whatever kind of snow it was, Jerry Sebestyen hopes for more.

“Great snow and great people – send more of both,” he says.

(Photos by Jeanni Capell and Allen Sykora)

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