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Backcountry skiing photos : Earl Peak, Bean Creek basin, Teanaway River
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This is a gallery of backcountry 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. These backcountry skiing photos are from a spring corn snow trip to Bean Creek basin and Earl Peak, in the North Fork Teanaway drainage in the Washington Cascades.
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from May 3, 2004:
Earl Peak, North Fork Teanaway, Washington, April 25, 2004
In the forest of Bean Creek
In the forest of Bean Creek
Looking up the west face of Earl Peak
Looking up the west
face of Earl Peak
Mt. Rainier view from Earl Peak slopes
Mt. Rainier view
from Earl Peak slopes
Al, first run
Al, first run
Matt, first run corn snow
Matt, first run corn snow
Dina, first run spring skiing
Dina, first run spring skiing
Russ, first run
Russ, first run
Charles, first run
Charles, first run
Skinning for second run
Skinning for second run
Bean Creek basin from Earl Peak
Bean Creek basin
from Earl Peak
Matt, second run, from Earl Peak
Matt, second run,
from Earl Peak
Al, corn snow, second run
Al, corn snow, second run
Al, spring skiing, second run
Al, spring skiing, second run
Dina, second run, from Earl Peak
Dina, second run,
from Earl Peak
Russ, second run
Russ, second run
Dina, second run
Dina, second run
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Charles, second
run corn snow
Second run, spring skiing
Second run,
spring skiing
Second run
Second run
Russ, third run
Russ, third run
Bean Creek crossing on the way out
Bean Creek crossing
on the way out


Photos by Matt Depies and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: An intrepid group, Chris, Al, Dina, Charles, and Russ headed out for a ski tour up Bean Creek to Earl Peak. Access to the trailhead was limited by several snow patches which could be easily crossed with high axel vehicles. The trail up Bean Creek was for the first half mile and probably should be hiked for about a mile. The snow under the trees was compact but spotty. Continuous snow started around 4600 feet in Bean Creek basin. Southern and eastern slopes softened early and by 1pm western slopes were also nice, with several inches of corn snow on a solid base. We postponed the ski from the summit of Earl Peak on west slopes to allow it to soften more.
   Several spectacular corn snow runs were made throughout the day. The first was made from the northwest ridge of Earl Peak. Solid snow with an inch or so of corn gave way to a softer surface layer down below, but certainly still nice skiing. This was a south facing slope. The next run was from the summit of Earl Peak. A couple of thousand feet of nice corn snow through one of the west facing gullies just below the summit was the highlight of the day. Another run was made in Bean Creek basin on south facing slopes, near our first run, at the end of the day without too much gain in sloppiness of the snow. All in all the snow stayed nice throughout the day and we again enjoyed great Teanaway spring corn skiing.
   Matt

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