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Kids cross country skiing snow camping photos:
Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

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This is a gallery of kids cross country skiing and snow camping photos 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 3 day February skiing trip to Mazama Ridge, near Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Sunny days and cold, clear nights combined to make for very enjoyable cross country skiing and snow camping.
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from March 7, 2005:
Kids cross country skiing and snow camping photos: Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, February 25-27, 2005
Skinning up Mazama Ridge
Skinning up Mazama Ridge
Mount Rainier from Mazama Ridge
Mount Rainier
from Mazama Ridge
Mazama Ridge kids cross country skiing
Mazama Ridge kids
cross country skiing
Mount Rainier from Mazama Ridge
Mount Rainier
from Mazama Ridge
Kids cross country skiing glide, fast snow
Kids cross country skiing
glide, fast snow
Kids cross country skiing glide, powdery snow
Kids cross country skiing
glide, powdery snow
Close up photos: Muir Snowfield
Close up photos:
Muir Snowfield
Kids cross country skiing on Mazama Ridge
Kids cross country
skiing on Mazama Ridge
Gliding back for some snow camping
Gliding back for
some snow camping
Dinner time
Dinner time
Close up photos: Success Ridge sunset
Close up photos:
Success Ridge sunset
Spring skiing on Mazama Ridge
Spring skiing
on Mazama Ridge
Stevens-Van Trump Memorial view
Stevens-Van Trump
Memorial view
Cross country skiing with Mount Saint Helens
Cross country skiing with
Mount Saint Helens
Kids cross country skiing with Goat Rocks
Kids cross country skiing
with Goat Rocks
Solar heated lunch nook
Solar heated lunch nook
A successful day of shredding the slopes
A successful day of
shredding the slopes
Gliding down the lower Paradise Glacier valley
Gliding down the lower
Paradise Glacier valley
Cross country skiing glide
Cross country skiing glide
Close up photos: upper Mount Rainier
Close up photos:
upper Mount Rainier
Evening ski touring
Evening ski touring
Sunset glide
Sunset glide
Fast snow in the shade
Fast snow in the shade
Cribbage on snow camping bench
Cribbage on
snow camping bench
Cowlitz Rocks view from snow camping bench
Cowlitz Rocks view from
snow camping bench
Tent and ski tracks
Tent and ski tracks
Unicorn Peak from Mazama Ridge
Unicorn Peak
from Mazama Ridge
B&W photos: Mount Rainier lenticular cloud
B&W photos:
Mount Rainier lenticular cloud
Heading back up Mazama Ridge
Heading back
up Mazama Ridge
On the way out
On the way out

Photos by The Eldridges

Backcountry skiing trip report: February 25-27, 2005
Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington,
Kids cross country skiing and snow camping photos

   My daughter, who goes by the cross country skiing moniker of Tahoma, and I went up to Mazama Ridge for our annual skiing and snow camping trip. This was our seventh year of doing this, having started when Tahoma was five years old. We've gradually increased the difficulty of the trips, but are limited by the fact that Tahoma has never been on downhill skis and doesn't really know how to turn. In addition, she still uses traditional (skinny) cross country skis and matching boots.
   Overall there was a wide variety of snow conditions. Friday was sunny and warm, with almost-corn in the sun and thick crust in the shade, with a few pockets of dense powder in areas that had not received any sun. We set up camp in an out of the way location on the far side of Mazama Ridge, then toured south down Mazama Ridge. Since Tahoma can't turn, our tours consisted of a series of descending traverses where our speed could be killed on a slight rise. I set the track, Tahoma followed. This actually turned out to be pretty fun (lots of skiing uses only a little vertical), and since we weren't trying to turn, it didn't really matter that there was breakable crust in areas. The dense powder on N-facing slopes was slow and we discovered we could use this to control the speed of our glides. I did manage to get in about 10 turns on really nice corn snow in one spot. Skiing back up to camp we stuck to the eastern edges of glades to stay in the sunny and still soft snow, because shaded snow refroze quickly (we used skins to get up to Mazama Ridge, but fishscales for the rest of the trip). With the short days and rapid cooling, we were in the tent by 6:30.
   On Saturday, we lounged around in the sun on our "morning" snow camping bench, playing cribbage and waiting for the snow to soften. Then we skied to the top of Mazama Ridge, across the flats, and up the lower Paradise Glacier valley to lunch near the waterfall. There were a whole bunch of skiers just ahead of us who continued higher. We didn't see them ski down but there were probably some good turns in the semi-corn snow of the sunny slopes. Skiing back down to camp was fun since the wide open slopes allowed us to do long glides on the fast snow. We had dinner, on our "evening" snow camping bench, earlier than the previous night so that we didn't get shaded out while eating. Then we skied up to the edge of Back Bowl and did numerous glides back to camp on the rapidly refreezing, and very fast, snow. Mount Rainier was beautiful in the low-angled light.
   Sunday started sunny, but there were high clouds to the southwest and a nice lenticular on Mount Rainier's summit. The sun was able to start softening the snow before the clouds came over, and after breakfast we did another tour down Mazama Ridge, exploring glades that I had never seen and checking out the east side of the ridge. This time we went farther down the ridge, stopping where the combination of denser trees and shallower snowpack made our style of skiing impractical. We packed up and left camp about 1:30, and Tahoma was able to stay on skis part way down the west side of Mazama Ridge, to where the gullies develop. She walked from there back down to the road. The skiing was challenging for me because the west slopes were really tracked up - ski, snowshoe, boot - and the tracks were firm.
   All in all a great trip. Now I remember, though, why I like spring ski camping so much more than winter. Warmer and longer days, better snow for travelling. Given this year's snowpack, however, it didn't seem wise to wait until our usual April-May timing for our trip. Hopefully next year will be back to normal!
   Charles

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