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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. These photos are from a backcountry skiing trip to Lake Valhalla, in the Stevens Pass backcountry of Washington. Sunny February photos of cross-country skiing and telemark skiing, and of Lake Valhalla and nearby Lichtenberg Mountain.
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from March 1, 2004:
Lake Valhalla, Stevens Pass backcountry, Washington, February 20, 2004
First creek crossing
First creek crossing
Skinning up south slope
Skinning up south slope
Skinning with Lichtenberg Mountain
Skinning with
Lichtenberg Mountain
REI Catalog?
REI Catalog?
Skiing Lake Valhalla, with Lichtenberg Mountain
Skiing Lake Valhalla,
with Lichtenberg Mountain
Skiing Lake Valhalla
Skiing Lake Valhalla
Lichtenberg Mountain closeup
Lichtenberg Mountain closeup
Lichtenberg Mountain summit
Lichtenberg Mountain summit
Club Med at Lake Valhalla
Club Med at Lake Valhalla
Skiing Lake Valhalla, with Lichtenberg Mountain
Skiing Lake Valhalla,
with Lichtenberg Mountain
Skiing Lake Valhalla
Skiing Lake Valhalla
Skiing Lake Valhalla
Skiing Lake Valhalla
Snow and trees
Snow and trees
Powder Pete?
Powder Pete?
Lichtenberg Mountain avalanche gully
Lichtenberg Mountain
avalanche gully
Breakable Crust Pete
Breakable Crust Pete
Pete heads for the shady valley bottom
Pete heads for the
shady valley bottom
Lichtenberg south slopes, with ski tracks
Lichtenberg south slopes,
with ski tracks


Photos by Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: Pete and I parked at the lower Stevens lot, followed the cabins road, and skinned along on the south side of Nason Creek. It must have rained down to around 4000'; frozen tree drip in the forest, and hard breakable crust in the open (with some surface hoar). Conditions didn't look good for our intended plans, with lots of forest and distance, but the sunny south slope across Nason Creek did, so we skinned up it to Lake Valhalla. At around 4000' I hand tested a ski pole pit. There were two breakable crusts in the top 3", then about a foot of cold, loose snow, then a substantial crust. Under that crust the snow was very airy and crumbly - maybe this is what the reported Jim Hill Mountain avalanche released on? Climbing to 4800', about half way up the surface crusts started thin, and more new snow was on top. The snow was just starting to get wet on top from the bright sun.
  We skied across Lake Valhalla to the north end and made a luxurious bench in a little solar oven. We soaked up the sun, ate lunch, and watched small avalanches come down the cliffs and slopes of Lichtenberg Mountain. When we skinned back across the lake, I had some problems with snow caking on my skins due the now very wet surface snow overlying much colder snow. The run back down (south slope) was on never great, but never horrible, snow. The top half, which lacked the surface crusts, was just heavy. Right in the middle was a small section of breakable crust, but then the crust became supportive if skied carefully (or if one didn't weigh too much). We had to put skins on again to make it back to the cabins road. Overall not great skiing, but it was a beautiful day in a beautiful place.
  Charles

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