- October 28, 2002: New mountain panoramas from Mt. Baker and Goat Rocks, Washington
Panoramas from backcountry skiing trips to the Goat Rocks Wilderness area in June, 2002, and to the north side of Mt. Baker (Coleman Glacier - Heliotrope Ridge) in July 2002, up to 3300 pixels wide. Includes links to 27 other panoramas of mountains and volcanoes in the Washington Cascades and around the United States.
- October 21, 2002: Turns all year in review 2001-2002, gallery 3 of 3
The last twelve new backcountry skiing shots from throughout this past year, from all year round, trips to places such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Crystal Mountain, Goat Rocks, and Snoqualmie Pass, which have not been published here before. Views of randonee (alpine touring) and telemark skiing.
- October 7, 2002: Turns all year in review 2001-2002, gallery 2 of 3
Twelve more new photos from throughout the year. Year round skiing photos from trips to places such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the North Cascades, and Snoqualmie Pass, and have not been published here before.
- September 30, 2002: Galleries from two new year-round skiers.
Jonathan Wong has been skiing for 48 consecutive months. His main ski territory is British Columbia, but he makes occassional forays south to claim a peak in the name of the Queen and Country. Bill Frans has been skiing for 107 consecutive months. This makes him tied with Danny Miller for the longest known consecutive months streak in Washington. The gallery contains four action shots of each skier
- September 23, 2002: Jarvis Jelly update!
Ever since we ran our first story about Ron Jarvis' efforts to perfect his patented skiing aid, Jarvis Jelly, we have been besieged with requests for more information on this amazing product, which promises to completely revolutionize backcountry skiing. Here's more, including a photo of Ron "testin' the jelly" at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier.
- September 16, 2002: Turns all year in review 2001-2002, gallery 1 of 3
Twelve new backcountry photos from throughout the year, from year round ski trips to places such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Crystal Mountain, and Snoqualmie Pass, and have not been published here before. Both randonee (alpine touring) and telemark skiing are shown.
- September 9, 2002: Lower Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier N.P., Washington, September 1, 2002
"According to Ron's GPS, again we skied in the lower Paradise Glacier area. I wouldn't have known otherwise in the foggy conditions. Cooler weather this time so the suncups were harder and chattery," wrote Robie. But three year-round skiers got some September turns in on the first possible day, and had a pretty good time doing so.
- September 2, 2002: Nisqually Glacier, Mt. Rainier N.P., Washington, March 2, 2002
Flashback to last winter. Gary, Robie, and Dorothea made the descent from Glacier Vista to the Nisqually Glacier moraine, then down the glacier to the Nisqually bridge. They had beautiful weather and experienced some good skiing conditions.
- August 26, 2002: Spray Park - Flett Glacier, Mt. Rainier N.P., Washington, August 13, 2002
Three snow images of Mt. Rainier and three moon streak photos. What's needed to take a moon streak photo? The moon, a long exposure, and an unsteady hand.
- August 19, 2002: Spray Park - Flett Glacier, Mt. Rainier N.P., Washington, August 13-14, 2002
Year-round skier Danny Miller skied in his 106th consecutive month on the Flett Glacier, surpassing the known Washington record of 105 months held by Jim 'Jaydee' Drannan. The skiable snow was a long way in, but the hot sunny days made the snow good for skiing.
- August 12, 2002: Lower Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier N.P., Washington, August 4, 2002
August turns on good snow in interesting weather, with fog on the ascent giving way to snow squalls and sunbreaks. The skiing was great on smooth corn snow, which, if not abundant, was fully sufficient to ski several different runs.
- August 5, 2002: Ptarmigan Ridge, Mt. Baker backcountry, Washington, July 17, 2002
Lots of snow and a long ridge combined for a long tour. Firm, suncupped and runneled snow in most places discouraged run making, but good turns were found at the far end of the tour, near Mt. Baker's Rainbow Glacier, and the scenery was everywhere sublime.
- July 29, 2002: Southwest Chutes, Mt. Adams, July 20, 2002
Two year-round skiers found ideal skiing conditions in one of Mt. Adams' long SW chutes: perfectly softened corn snow on a 3500' run. Six spectacular views from Ron and Jeanette.
- July 22, 2002: Sourdough & 2nd Burroughs Chutes, Sunrise, Mt. Rainier N.P., July 7, 2002
Ten skiers aged from 25 to 73, four of them year-round skiers, gathered at Sunrise for some easy-access chute skiing. The snow softened enough to do runs like "Fear Factor" and "Courage Classic". Dana tried out his new Scotty Bob skis, and fun was had by all.
- July 15, 2002: Heliotrope Ridge-Coleman Glacier, Mt. Baker, Washington, July 5, 2002
Four inches of new on the smooth snow of the Coleman Glacier meant spectacular July skiing on this 4300' run. I joined year-round skier TOMSKI (275 consecutive months of skiing) for a hike up the Heliotrope Ridge trail to skiable snow, and we climbed to 9200' on Mt. Baker before starting our run.
- July 8, 2002: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington, June 21-25, 2002, Days 3 and 4
Shots from days three and four of our annual June ski trip. Day three began with a couple of short steep runs in the SE bowl of Ives Peak, followed by a long steep run on the NE slopes of Ives, a long moderate run on the same, and then a Crest crossing and our favorite west side run back to camp. On day four we went back to the top of Old Snowy for another run into McCall Basin, then did some shorter runs on east slopes as we worked our way back to our favorite west side run.
- July 1, 2002: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington, June 21-25, 2002, Days 1 and 2
Photos from days one and two of our annual June ski trip. Access was perfect, the weather was perfect, and the snow was near perfect, too. Day one culminated in an exploratory tour on the west slopes of the Goat Rocks crest. Day two led us over the crest and to the top of Old Snowy Mountain, then down the NE facing bowl of McCall Basin. Of course, we had to get back to camp, which meant back over the Crest and more telemark skiing runs. Includes a Goat Rocks overview from the north, with peaks labeled.
- June 26, 2002: Windy Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, June 4-5, 2002
Too late for my annual ski overnighter with my daughter? Nah, this is the Cascades, and with our good snow year there was still plenty of snow, even at Snoqualmie Pass. Too much, in fact, which led to several rounds of all-terrain skiing to connect the snow patches low down on the Cold Creek Road.
- June 17, 2002: Grand Park - 3rd Burroughs Mountain, Mt. Rainier National Park, June 12, 2002
Sunny skies, fast snow, and waxless skis enabled me to ski from the northern boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park to the top of 3rd Burroughs Mountain, and back, in one day, the longest day trip I have ever done. Six scenery snow images and three new panoramas, including the widest one created so far.
- June 10, 2002: Sunrise - 3rd Burroughs Mountain, Mt. Rainier National Park, June 7, 2002
"Low freezing level and chance of afternoon snow." We found abundant sunshine on our ski from Sunrise to 3rd Burroughs Mountain, over the intervening 1st and 2nd Burroughs, and got great views of Mt. Rainier all along the way. On our return, however, a vigorous snowstorm arrived, and by the time we were back to Sunrise 4" of 25 degree powder had fallen, providing winter-like skiing in June.
- June 3, 2002: Lake Ann, Mt. Baker backcountry, Washington, May 23, 2002
Keywords: wet loose avalanche. Our choice of slopes was limited by the surface instability of the snow, but we still got some good turns, the scenery was great, and the west face of Mt. Shuksan put on a spectacular avalanche show.
- May 27, 2002: Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, May 19, 2002
A climb through old-growth forest and then up steep open slopes to a 5600' ridge. We triggered some small wet surface slides on the upper part of the descent, but the skiing got better and better as we went down. So good, in fact, that we went back up for a second run.
- May 20, 2002: Snoqualmie Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, May 16, 2002
A short trip through old-growth forest and up a steep ridge to the top of 6600' Snoqualmie Mountain. Most of the skiing was good, and the views were spectacular - from Adams to Baker, and right down into the Alpental valley.
- May 13, 2002: Ron Jarvis demonstrates the use of Jarvis Jelly¨ on Mazama Ridge
Breakable crust will no longer be the backcountry skier's bane with the invention of Jarvis Jelly¨, a remarkable product which promises to make each turn the best, no matter what the conditions may be.
- May 6, 2002: Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, April 30, 2002
A climb through old-growth forest and then up steep open slopes to a 5300' ridge on a brilliant sunny day. The sun softened the surface snow just right, producing great spring skiing and little avalanche hazard.
- April 29, 2002: Silver Creek, Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, April 25, 2002
Warm sunshine, waxless skis, no skins, no gaiters - spring had arrived (at least for one day). A trail climb up to a pristine hanging valley filled with old-growth, then touring on perfect forest snow up to alpine meadows and short runs. The gallery includes a panorama of the head of the Silver Creek valley.
- Trip report: Nordic Pass/Tinkham Lake, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, April 19, 2002
Warm spring sun on fresh snow made for some mashed potato turns, but the tour was fun, I explored some new terrain, and got some nice scenery shots.
- April 22, 2002: Nordic Pass and Ski Acres, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, April 14, 2002
Heavy mountain rain the previous day, cold front passage during the night, and heavy snow while we were there added up to a surprise powder day in mid-April at Snoqualmie Pass. Lots of great shots of skiing in old-growth forest and in the open.
- April 15, 2002: Mt. St. Helens, Washington, March 2002
Rick Randall took a late afternoon ski up to treeline on the south side of Mt. St. Helens and was treated to spectacular sunset colors.
- April 9, 2002: Mazama Ridge, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, April 7, 2002
We abandoned our original destination of the Tatoosh Range due to first-hand reports of widespread breakable crust, and instead hunted along Mazama Ridge for better skiing. Winds had removed the fresh snow in lots of places, so our turns were on boilerplate, breakable crust, and an occasional powder pocket.
- March 18, 2002: Nordic Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, March 15, 2002
We found great skiing in the old-growth forest near Nordic Pass, with 10-18" of powder overlying a previous rain crust, during what we guessed might be the last round of really low snow levels for the winter.
- March 11, 2002: Kids cross-country skiing, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, March 8, 2002
The cross country skiing trails at Snoqualmie Pass are a good place for children to try out their skiing skills, and allow access to gentle backcountry skiing terrain in beautiful old-growth forest which kids love.
- March 3, 2002: Lower Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier National Park, February 27, 2002
Strong east winds had scoured some areas down to a solid rain crust, but the weather was good for getting above treeline and we found some good skiing in protected pockets of powder on the lower Paradise Glacier.
- February 18, 2002: Silver Creek, Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, February 15, 2002.
A winter ski trip to a traditional spring destination, we encountered lots of different kinds of snow on the 1200' climb up into the hanging valley. Skiing up the valley we found beautiful forest, nice views and a few good turns. The descent down from the hanging valley required us to use many different backcountry skills.
- February 14, 2002: Queen Tahoma on her throne, Snoqualmie Pass, February 1, 2002.
The Pass was buried after a couple of weeks of intense snowfall, and Tahoma tried out her cross-country skiing skills on the upper groomed trails.
- February 10, 2002: Mazama Ridge "Super Bowl", Mt. Rainier National Park, February 3, 2002.
Taken by Ron and Jeanette, who attended this alternative Super Bowl and found no crowds, or even other individuals, but did find great skiing in fresh snow.
- February 4, 2002 Rick Randall took this photo of a massive avalanche from the Nisqually Glacier icefall last year, on Feb. 22, 2001, from the Paradise Road. The avalanche cloud fills the entire width of the Nisqually trough from 10,000 to below 7,000 feet elevation.
- January 29, 2002: Bear Gap/Crystal Mountain backcountry, Washington, January 27, 2002.
Deep powder, high avalanche danger. The snow had been falling continuously for days, with Green Valley receiving 38" in 24 hours a couple of days earlier, so we chose a destination with limited avalanche exposure. Beautiful snow, beautiful forest, difficult trail breaking, and a powdery gulch with not enough turns.
- January 19, 2002: Nordic Pass/Silver Peak Bowl, Snoqualmie Pass, January 16, 2002.
Great skiing in the woods, great skiing in the open. New snow had buried a rain crust and made the skiing good just about everywhere, and we were able to get to the top of Silver Peak bowl.
- January 1, 2002: Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, December 30, 2001.
We had to hunt a little for good skiing this day, but found it on SE slopes below McClure Rock. Afterwards, a short tour near the lower Paradise Glacier provided spectacular scenery.
- December 23, 2001: Ski Acres/Divide Lake, Snoqualmie Pass, December 19, 2001.
A rain crust was buried by a foot of cold loose snow, and good turns were found in the closed Ski Acres ski area. Snow images from a short afternoon tour through the forest to Divide Lake with great views of many Snoqualmie Pass peaks.
- December 16, 2001: Old-growth powder skiing, Snoqualmie Pass, December 11, 2001.
Another photograph from our Dec. 11 trip, of Pete turning in nice powder snow within the old-growth forest.
- December 12, 2001: Cave Ridge, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, December 11, 2001.
A trip through beautiful old-growth forest, with a snowpack just deep enough to make the skiing reasonable - in most places. On the descent we enjoyed turns through big trees in cold, loose snow
- December 3, 2001: Snow-quality Pass, Washington, December 2, 2001.
We wanted Crystal, but got Snoqualmie, and were not too disappointed. The not-yet-open Ski Acres had good coverage and new snow on the upper runs, and groomers had provided convenient up-tracks.
- November 4, 2001: New galleries of mountain panoramas.
Many new panoramas added. Now eleven panoramas of Mt. Rainier, two of Mt. St. Helens, two of Glacier Peak, one each of Mt. Baker and Goat Rocks, three of the North Cascades, two of Snoqualmie Pass, and six of other mountain areas across the United States.
- October 28, 2001: Skiing fresh snow on Mt. Rainier, Washington, October 26, 2001.
Our first skiing in the new season's snow after a difficult late summer for year-round skiing, and a new digital camera. High winds turned us back at about 8000' on the Muir Snowfield, but we found reasonable early season snow on the way back down, and were treated to a spectacular lenticular cloud display.
- October 14, 2001: Which kind of snow do you prefer?
Four photos from the archives, of Andy and Charles on clean and dirty snow, from ski trips to Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and the central Cascades.
- October 1, 2001: Fresh snow already on Mt. Rainier? Alas, it was last November 12, 2000.
Waiting for the new season's snow to begin, we prepared these shots of skiing in new snow near the Cowlitz Rocks, in Mt. Rainier National Park, taken eleven months earlier
- September 17, 2001: The Low Season: Ptarmigan Ridge, Mt. Baker, September 16, 2001.
Two year-round skiers and five others who had also lost their minds went hiking-with-skis out Ptarmigan Ridge in search of skiable snow. If one is desperate enough, anything is skiable, and we found a 500' run with good snow - in the top half. Beautiful fall weather and incomparable views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan.
- September 11, 2001: The Low Season: Mt. Rainier National Park, September 9, 2001.
Three year-round skiers went looking for skiable snow in just the right place, and found a gem of a snowfield in the Tatoosh Range, complete with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier and a cooling-off pond at the bottom.
- August 19, 2001: Dusty Runs: lower Paradise Glacier area, Mt. Rainier, August 12, 2001.
Four year-round skiers plus a hitchhiker had to utilize their secret weapon, the Stash, just to make it through August in this low snow year. Great skiing was found, but it was apparent that the Stash would need a winter recharge and be unavailable for its traditional September and October duties.
- August 2, 2001: July 29, 2001: Summer skiing on Mt. Rainier's Flett Glacier, July 29, 2001.
Nine skiers trekked up through Spray Park to the Flett Glacier to do some summer skiing, and found good snow. Strangely enough, the trail approach seemed to be about 3 miles, but the return hike about 9 miles!
- July 10, 2001: Night photos from the Washington Cascades.
Three star-streak night views, of Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Rainier, and the Tatoosh Range.
- January 30, 2001: Winter telemark skiing on Mt. Rainier's Muir snowfield.
We skied down from 8500' on the Muir snowfield, in sparkling sunshine above a low deck of coulds which stretched all the way to Mt. Adams.