April 22, 2011 – 5th Annual April Dusk Patrol

The time had come for Todd, Andy and I to sneak away from work early for our 5th annual April Dusk Patrol.  This year, unlike the last four, we headed to Hoodoo since the forecast was for sun.  There had also been a bit of snow the past few days, and the snow gauge on Hoodoo’s website was reading 103 inches.  We pulled into the parking lot around 3:30, loaded our light packs, stashed a few cold ones in the snowbank, and started skinning up the hill.  Within 40 minutes or so, were standing on top of the butte with excellent views in all directions…..

The view from the top - April 22, 2011

We decided to ride down the east face of the butte, since the pitch is so consistent and nice.  The turns down were fun, and the snow quality was somewhere between corn and powder.  Here’s a shot of Andy with Hayrick Butte in the background…

Working down the east face w/Hayrick Butte

We reached the cat track at the bottom and skinned back up the southeast side to the top.  Todd and I ended up splitting off from Andy since he was booting and we were skinning, so we could skin the whole way up.

Todd skinning up Hoodoo's southside - Apriil 22, 2011

Somehow Andy thought we were behind him, so he waited for us for quite a while and then took another partial run while we milled about on top wondering if he fell into the only tree well on the hill:)  Finally, we met back up on top after about 30 minutes.  This time, we hit the north side to get some of the freshies that were preserved on the north aspect.  Here’s a shot of me riding some late April pow….

April pow at Hoodoo - 2011

Matt in the white room - April 22, 2011

In the above photo, you can barely see Mt. Washington peeking out of the powder cloud to the right.  I  ended up losing my hat and having to climb back up the ridge to get it after several turns.  The sun was starting to get lower in the sky for our last run down the hill, and I was able to snap the below shot of Andy riding on his snowblades….

Andy the snowblader

Back at the parking lot, we found our “friends” in the snow, who were nice and cold.  Drinking down a Cascade Ale from the Deschutes Brewery put the finishing touch on an excellent day of after work skiing and riding.

Matt, Andy & Todd enjoying a post-ski beverage

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