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December 12, 2001, was a FREE SKI WEDNESDAY PROMOTION. By picking up a voucher at DAVE SMITH MOTORS, I was able to ski with my friend Tim FREE! ALTON TIRE STORES and RADIO 94.5 were also part of this promotion. As you can see from the animated photos below, it was a day of deep powder, fast groomed runs, and no crowds.

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At 10 AM, the mountain was essentially deserted; the maximum midday crowd was estimated to be about 300. This caused a neglible lift line. Tim and I made 10 runs by noon, then divided our time between the bar and the slopes; my total for the day was 15 runs. Locals will notice the tops of 7-8 foot high trees to the right of the lift. They will soon be gone. the 10AM crowd on a FREE SKI day
New for the 2001/02 ski season is the run Hoot Owl on the backside of Runt Mountain. This wide, well-groomed run has a perfect ski school pitch. Tim is also new to the area this season; he is another high tech refugee from the Silicon Valley. Hoot Owl is new in 2001/02
I have to admit, I was a little worried that this run would eliminate a lot of my favorite tree skiing, but now I see that it is just what Lookout needed. Hoot Owl fills a key niche between beginner and intermediate. And fast skiers obviously have fun on it as well. Hoot Owl Greg
My good friend Tim Hyllested, pictured above, passed away at 56 in Coeur d'Alene on August 21, 2011. Tim, originally from San Jose, could design 14-level printed curcuit boards, among other things electronic, and was an avid skier who loved the mountains of his adopted North Idaho home. I wear his red ski coat in rememberance of the fun we had together.
Greg Marsh
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