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Backcountry skiing photos from Mazama Ridge on Mt. Rainier
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This is a gallery of photos 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 images are from a January backcountry skiing trip to the Mazama Ridge - Edith Creek basin area near Paradise, on the south side of Mt. Rainier. Heavy rain the previous day had soaked the snowpack, but about 6 inches of snow had fallen as the precipitation trailed off, and we found excellent backcountry skiing conditions: cold, loose snow overlying a re-freezing rain crust.
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from January 13, 2003:
Edith Creek basin - Mazama Ridge, Mt. Rainier, January 5, 2003
Skinning up Alta Vista on Mt. Rainier
Skinning up Alta Vista
Edith Creek basin on Mt. Rainier
Edith Creek basin,
Mt. Rainier
Dorothea and Tatoosh Range, Mt. Rainier
Dorothea and
Tatoosh Range
Robie backcountry skiing on south run
Robie on south run
Dorothea with Paradise Lodge and loop road
Dorothea with Paradise
Lodge and loop road
Ron backcountry skiing on south run
Ron on south run
CharlesW backcountry skiing on south run
CharlesW on south run
Robie backcountry skiing on south run
Robie on south run
Dorothea on river run on Mazama Ridge
Dorothea on Mazama
Ridge river run
CharlesW on river run on Mazama Ridge
CharlesW on river run
CharlesE in back bowl on Mazama Ridge
CharlesE in Mazama
Ridge back bowl
CharlesE in back bowl on Mazama Ridge
CharlesE in back bowl
Bob Black in back bowl on Mazama Ridge
Bob Black in back bowl
Ron backcountry skiing in back bowl on Mazama Ridge
Ron in Mazama
Ridge back bowl
Roger Fick and Little Tahoma, Mt. Rainier
Roger Fick and Little Tahoma

Photos by Ron Jarvis and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: After a disappointing ski season and canceling a ski trip the day before I wasn't expecting much. So along with Dorothea and Ron Jarvis, we met up with Charles and Charles W.
   The Gate opened at 9:45. At the parking lot we ran into 3 other friends Roger Fick, Bob Black and Dirk Steggy. So much for the hellos and on to skiing. It had rained heavily at Paradise on Saturday forming a 2- 3" rain crust while turning cold and then 6" of fresh light to mid density was laid on top. The bond was pretty good and the crust held our wieght in most places. We skied most aspects in a tour that started off at Alta Vista down to Edith Creek, up to under Golden Gates and then down the slope to horseshoe bend. Up Mazama Ridge and a quick ski back down and then finally into the Back Bowl.
   Ah! Here was the best and perhaps the best skiing of the year so far. East aspects were more even while west aspects were side loaded still filling in the gulleys. Roger and Bob and Dirk had ventured further west and down the slope to Nisqually Glacier finding it wind scoured. Then they skied back down east into Edith Creek on excellent snow and laying down some fine tracks. At the end of a beautiful sunny day you could look around and see our tracks just about everywhere. And then there was the Alpenglow. I hope this is the start of the Good Season.
Robie

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