|Kids skiing photos : children skiing in July on Mt. Rainier, Washington|
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|This is a gallery of photos of kids skiing 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 of children skiing are from a July backcountry trip to the lower Paradise Glacier area, on the south side of Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington.|
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|from August 2, 2004:|
Kids summer skiing, Paradise, Mt. Rainier, Washington, July 22, 2004
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4th Crossing trail
Paradise Glacier view
Start of skiing
Small in a big world
Lower Paradise Glacier
Over and over again
Let 'er rip
Late afternoon light
on Mt. Rainier
End of skiing
Photos by Charles Eldridge
Associated trip report: The kids had such a great time last year doing some late July skiing that we had to come back again this year. The weather was similar - very warm in the lowlands, beautiful on the snow - but there was better snow coverage in the area of the lower Paradise Glacier this time. We didn't get a very early start, and it was hot as we hiked the 4th Crossing trail up to Mazama Ridge, then continued past the Stevens-Van Trump Memorial and across the moraines to about 6200'. The kids put on their skinny waxless skis and took off. I was pack mule and photographer and didn't bring skis.
The kids skied up the valley part way toward the big waterfall, then dropped their packs and started doing runs. The snow was really nice - very lightly suncupped and well softened on top. Since "Tahoma" can barely do a snowplow turn and "Nisqually" can't do one at all, the kids just pointed the skis down the fall line and made figure 11s. And a few sitzmarks. And a few face plants. After a while the kids skied up to the base of the waterfall (I hiked) and did a longer run back down the valley.
With snack breaks and playing in the snowmelt-saturated dirt piles (easy to start long-running mud flows), we didn't start back to the car until about 6:30, and the light was beautiful on the flowers, meadows, and Mt. Rainier as we hiked out. The only negative is that I think the kids believe that it is always this nice on Mt. Rainier - I will have to take them back in the winter sometime!
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