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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 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 23, 2001:|
Snoqualmie Pass, WA, December 19, 2001 (Click any photo to view large version)
Mt. Snoqualmie and Guye Peak
Alpental area peaks
|Photos by Charles Eldridge|
Associated trip report: The forecast and my ability to get away for some skiing coincided, so I headed up to Snoqualmie Pass. Blue sky appeared as I neared the pass, but east winds soon pushed fog into the area, which turned out to be a good thing because it kept the snow great all the way down to 3000', all day long. Skiing up the closed ski area through the beautiful snow, I quickly abandoned my original destination of Nordic Pass, and skied several runs around the Silver Fir lift. The snow was just about the most powdery I have ever experienced at Snoqualmie (I know - not saying much!), and in fact, it was too good in some ways. There was about 14" fluffy powder on top of the hefty rain crust from Sun-Mon, and the snow was so light that it was sometimes too easy to slice through it and feel the crust. Maybe the best were the lower groomed slopes with the last, most fluffy 6-8" on top - heavenly (yes, they had done some grooming even though the area was closed). In the afternoon I thought about skiing down through the forest to Lodge Lake on the area's backside, but it was apparent as I started down that in many places not enough snow had filtered down through the canopy to sufficiently cover the rain crust, so I just bashed around the woods by Divide Lake and got really tired breaking trail by myself. In the woods, there was not a very good bond of the new snow to the crust, and the crust was over more loose snow.
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