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Year round skiing photos : summer skiing on the Flett glacier on the north side of Mt. Rainier
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This is a gallery of photos which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. The image on this page can be clicked to view more photos. The images in this gallery are from a summer backcountry skiing trip to the Flett glacier on the north side of Mt. Rainier. Nine skiers, including several year round skiers, hiked from Mowich Lake to reach the Flett glaciers, where great skiing on summer corn snow was found.
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Over 180 photo galleries from Pacific Northwest backcountry snowboarding and skiing trips are available onTurns All Year CD-ROM.

Most CD-ROM photo galleries contain a thumbnails page linked to captioned full-sized photos, and usually a trip report. Full-sized photos are available for browsing in the gallery below.

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From August 2, 2001:
Summer skiing photos from the Flett glacier on Mt. Rainier   
year round and summer skiing on the Flett Glacier

     Why is Patrick
     so happy?
     (click here)

     July 29, 2001

     Flett Glacier,
     Mt.Rainier NP

     Photos by Ron Jarvis

Associated trip report: "The overnight trip was washed out, so 9 of us gathered under the clouds at Mowich Lake on Sunday to try to salvage some kind of a ski trip. Foggy and cool on the trail up to Spray Park, but at about 6000ft we started getting views upward, and found the continuous snow starting at 6400ft, below Observation Rock. The fog drifted around all day, but we usually could wait a few minutes and do our runs in good visibility. There had been a little new snow, with a trace showing at 7500ft. The best skiing was on the steeper, north facing slopes around Observation, with smooth corn which began firm but softened nicely as the day slowly warmed. After lunch we broke up into smaller groups according to slope preference. Skiing in the lower reaches of all runs was a chore because of the long, deep runnels. We got a look at the Russell, which was showing both numerous crevasse fields and large areas melted down to glacier ice, and didn't look inviting for skiing. On the way back, tourists were startled by the thundering herd of plastic-footed maniacs. (Charles)
  Yeah. With matters concerning weather, sometimes you're the pigeon and sometimes you're the statue. Charles summed up the conditions for this classic north side tour pretty good. 6 of our 9 hadn't skied the area before so were enlightened to a great ski tour, albeit a long slog in and a much longer, grueling one out (the "official" word is that it is 3 miles in and 9 miles out). Reasonably decent coverage (for a low snow year) yielded a gaggle of turns in a plethora of descents on BC runs named "Around There", "Stubby", "Crossover", "Cruiser", and "Oh Shit". 12 hours later we were back at the car with sore feet and cold beer in our hands. That's about all I've got to say on the matter. (Ron)"
Charles Eldridge and Ron Jarvis

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