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Winter backcountry skiing photos: Mazama Ridge and Edith Creek on Mt. Rainier
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This is a gallery of skiing 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 photos are from a winter 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 winter backcountry skiing conditions: cold, loose snow overlying a re-freezing rain crust.
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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.

Turns All Year CD-ROM
from September 8, 2003:
Flashback: Edith Creek basin - Mazama Ridge, Mt. Rainier, January 5, 2003
   (Click any photo to view large version)
Skiing photos : Edith Creek basin on Mt. Rainier
Skiing into winter
in Edith Creek basin
Skiing photos : skinning in Edith Creek basin on Mt. Rainier
Edith Creek basin
Mt. Rainier skiing photos : Edith Creek basin
Dorothea in
Edith Creek basin
Charles backcountry skiing on south run
CharlesE with
Paradise Lodge
Skiing photos: south run in Edith Creek basin
Ron on Edith
Creek south run
Winter skiing photos : CharlesW
CharlesW on south run
Backcountry skiing on Edith Creek south run
Ron on south run
Winter skiing photos : Dorothea on river run from Mazama Ridge
Dorothea on river run
from Mazama Ridge
Skiing photos : Mazama Ridge river run
CharlesE on river run
Robie on Mazama Ridge river run
Robie on Mazama
Ridge river run
Mt. Rainier skiing photos : Robie on river run
Robie on river run
Dorothea in back bowl on Mazama Ridge
Dorothea in Mazama
Ridge back bowl
Robie in Mazama Ridge back bowl
Robie in back bowl
Ron backcountry skiing on Mazama Ridge
Ron in back bowl
Skiing photos : CharlesW on Mazama Ridge
CharlesW on
Mazama Ridge

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."

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