|Backcountry skiing photos from Heather Ridge - Skyline Ridge, Stevens Pass, Washington.|
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|This is a gallery of images which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Thumbnail images on this page can be clicked to view the full-sized photos, and lead into a slide show sequence for the gallery. The photos are from a winter backcountry skiing trip to Heather Ridge - Skyline Ridge, near Stevens Pass, Washington. We found stable new snow and good skiing despite the relatively low snowpack.|
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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 January 6, 2003:|
Heather Ridge - Skyline Ridge, Stevens Pass, December 29, 2002
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Skinning through forest
Russ in glades
Phil in glades
Phil in glades
Matt enters trees
Matt boots up
Photos by Charles Eldridge
Associated trip report: "Great skiing on the east facing slopes off Heather Ridge yesterday. There was about 6" of fresh Cascade powder on top of what seemed to be a stable base. Phil, Matt, Russ, Charles, and I skied a run in the trees at the south end of the slope to check conditions and shortly after starting our climb back up, found a nice track left by previous skiers to follow. At the top as we prepared for the next run, Julie and John caught up to us from having skied the open slopes further north.
We all made a few more descents in the great snow (great except for the final slide alders and tight young evergreens at the bottom of our run, near the "road" back to Stevens Pass.) As we skinned up for the last run, we met another party of three skiing down.
Despite the "crowds", the area still had plenty of untracked lines left at the end of the day. Snow coverage was much better than what we had found on the north facing slopes beyond Skyline Lake last Sunday, but similar to what we had experienced on the east facing slopes further on that day.
We endured the usual highway 2 traffic home and then heard the sad news about the incident in Cement Basin."
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