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These are image galleries which have appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Most are from backcountry skiing trips in the Washington Cascade Mountains, to such places as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Adams. Most thumbnail images on this page can be clicked to view the full-sized image, and lead into a slide show sequence for that gallery.
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Over 180 photo galleries, containing more than 3200 full-sized photos, from Pacific Northwest backcountry snowboarding and skiing trips are available on Turns All Year CD-ROM.

Like the gallery below, each CD-ROM photo gallery contains 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 December 16, 2001:
Old-growth powder skiing, Snoqualmie Pass, WA, December 11, 2001
Old-growth powder skiing
Photo by Charles Eldridge.

Associated trip report: Ron's experience on Sunday at Nordic Pass suggested that the Snoqualmie forest might already have enough snowpack for good skiing, and more new snow at low freezing levels convinced us to try this tour from the Alpental Road, into Commonwealth Basin, and up to Cave Ridge. We ascended on the west side of Commonwealth Creek, in a track nicely set by weekend snowshoers. The snow was 5-6 ft. deep in Commonwealth Basin. The disadvantage of following a snowshoe track became apparent on the climb up to Cave Ridge, with too many switchbacks to easily negotiate on our long skis, and as we climbed we were not encouraged about the prospects of descending the same route - too many little trees still showing between the big trees. After lunch and a warm-up run on Cave Ridge, we descended into Commonwealth Basin to the south of our ascent route, right under the cliffs of Guye Peak, and got some nice powder turns. Snowshoers had, unfortunately, trashed a couple of the best shots through the big old trees, but it was still an enjoyable descent. Everywhere the snow was cold and loose, with no evidence of any wind effects, and the only avalanche activity was a 6" deep loose sluff triggered on a very steep roll.

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