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The ski area was built 82 years ago in 1938, by a group funded by Ed Thurston of Bend. The group wanted to build on Three Fingered Jackbut could not secure funding for a road. Following World War II, the ski area embarked on improvements, including lodging and chairlifts.

Its three-story main lodge at the base was built in the late 1940s from World War II surplus structures and included sleeping quarters for 100 guests.  It was threatened by a forest fire in the summer of 1967, but was spared by the use of back fires.  An antiquated chairlift, with wooden towers, was destroyed.  Less than a year later and unoccupied at the time except for a family dog, the lodge was destroyed by fire in April 1968.  A new two-story day lodge was constructed later in the year, and the use of pickup campers became popular at the Hoodoo parking lot.  In the 1960s, the ski area was purchased by Hoodoo Ski Bowl Developers, Inc., which later built the Manzanita chair lift.

In the fall of 1985, the ski area took over the management of historic Santiam Lodge, which was built in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Formerly operated by the United Presbyterian Church, it provided dormitory-style lodging for up to 80 guests.

In 1999, Hoodoo Ski Area was acquired by real estate developer and Umbrella Properties owner Chuck Shepard of Eugene.  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. Source: Wikipedia

For me, this resort is just a good ol' time.

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