Hoodoo (ski area)

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To be distinguished from Hoodoo Mountain.
Hoodoo Ski Area
Hoodoo Ski Area
Location Santiam Pass, Oregon, U.S.
44°24′32″N 121°52′19″W / 44.409°N 121.872°W / 44.409; -121.872Coordinates: 44°24′32″N 121°52′19″W / 44.409°N 121.872°W / 44.409; -121.872
Nearest city Salem 95 miles (150 km) northwest
Eugene 80 miles, southwest
Sisters 20 miles (50 km) east
Vertical 1,035 feet (315 m)
Top elevation 5703 ft (1738 m)
Base elevation 4668 ft (1423 m)
Skiable area 806 acres (3.26 km²)
Runs 32
Longest run 1 mile (1.6 km)
Lift system 3 quads, 1 triple, 1 double
Snowfall 30 ft (9.1 m)
Snowmaking No
Night skiing Friday-Saturday
Web site Hoodoo.com

Hoodoo is a ski resort near the summit of Santiam Pass on U.S. Route 20, in the central Cascade Range of Oregon, U.S. The ski area operates on federal land through agreement with Willamette National Forest on Hoodoo Butte, a volcanic cinder cone.


The ski area was built in 1938[1] by a group funded by Ed Thurston of Bend, Oregon. The group wanted to build on Three Fingered Jack but could not secure funding for a road. There was a hotel at the base that burned. In the 1960s, it was purchased by Hoodoo Ski Bowl Developers, Inc., which later built the Manzanita chair lift.

In 1999, Hoodoo Ski Area was acquired by real estate developer and Umbrella Properties owner Chuck Shepard of Eugene, Oregon. Since then, Hoodoo has built the Hodag chair lift, a 60,000 sq. ft. lodge, the Autobahn Tubing Park, and replaced the green and red double chair lifts with quad chair lifts.


Hoodoo has a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) full service lodge. Hoodoo's flagship Green lift—a fixed grip quad chair—services the entire hill providing access to all 806 acres (3.26 km2) and 1,035 feet (315 m) of vertical. Green is a 2001 replacement for the old double chair. The Ed chair, named after Hoodoo's founder, Ed Thurston, replaced the aging Red lift in 2001. The Manzanita triple chair serves the bowl, terrain park, and is open for night skiing. The Hodag lift was built in 1999 and services the backside terrain. The beginner area consists of a double chair (named Easy Rider) and is isolated from other terrain. Hoodoo also has a large selection of Nordic Skiing trails, both at high and lower altitudes.

The tube hill, called the Autobahn Tubing Park, is on the northwest flanks of Hayrick Butte. The 800-foot (240 m) long runs are serviced by a handle tow.[2] Hayrick Butte has a handle tow servicing the 800-foot (240 m) long tube lanes.

Hoodoo offers RV camping on the south side of the parking lot.



  • Green Chair - Quad chair
  • Manzanita Chair (formerly known as blue) - Triple chair
  • Ed Chair (formerly known as red) - Quad chair
  • Hodag Chair - Quad chair
  • Easy Rider - Double Chair
  • None of these chairs are detachable


  • Longest Run - Over Easy (from summit)
  • Steepest Run - Chuck's Backside
  • 34 Runs total
  • 20% Easiest
  • 39% Difficult
  • 41% Most Difficult


  1. ^ "Welcome to Hoodoo Ski Area!". Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Autobahn Tubing Park". Retrieved 2011-12-25. 

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