|Backcountry skiing photos from Arrowhead Mountain, Stevens Pass backcountry, Washington|
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|from February 2, 2004:|
Arrowhead Mountain, Stevens Pass backcountry, Washington, January 25, 2004
Skinning toward SW ridge
of Arrowhead Mountain
Skinning just below summit
of Arrowhead Mountain
On the summit of
Matt through the brush
Matthaeus toward the brush
Matt in a cloud
Photos by Matt Depies and Charles Eldridge
Associated trip report: On early Sunday morning Charles, Russ, Matt and I headed out for Arrowhead Mountain on the eastern side of Stevens Pass. As we were getting ready more skiing parties arrived. We followed the logging road to the very end, skinning up in at least 8" of fresh powder. Underneath was last weekends crust but not as icy and slippery as expected. It was pretty cold, in the upper teens.
We broke trail crossing a clearcut into the forest. There we made the break to get ready for the steep sections towards the ridge and the summit of Arrowhead Mountain. The other parties arrived and took over the routefinding towards the ridge. Along the ridge we skinned across both leeward and windward sides toward the summit. The snow on the south side of the ridge was very ready to slide; this was a lee slope, had been receiving some weak solar effects, and it was easy to start a pillow of the ~12" of snow on top of the solid crust moving with a ski push.The snow near the summit (windward) was topped with a thin harder crust. To reach the summit was great but unfortunately not the view. The sun was a little bit shy and most ot the surrounding hidden in the clouds. But a least our summit was free and the visibility great for the descent.
As we were the first on top we also hit the slopes first, which was really great. The first bit was a little bit tricky with varying conditions underneath the wind pressed powder and some thin (2-4") brittle slabs, but they were small. A little farther down where there was more new over the crust (8-12"), a small pocket of stiff snow in the lee of a tree clump fractured, and it picked up some more loose snow but didn't go very far. A little farther down a big glade gave way for big fast turns in perfect powder. Everybody was covered in snow due to face shots. A bit of tree skiing brought us back to the upper clearcut we crossed during the ascent. We did two more runs here in the unskied parts. The powder was even better and cushioned the landing from a jump very well. The skiing through the lower clearcut was fun and the last bit of the logging road brought us back to the car. All in all it was a great day and I got to know another great ski touring area in the Cascades.
Matthaeus (and Charles)
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