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Backcountry skiing photos: Nisqually Chutes, Camp Muir, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
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This is a gallery of Nisqually Chutes 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. The photos are from a December backcountry skiing trip from Paradise to Camp Muir, with skiing on the Muir snowfield and the Nisqually Chutes down to the Nisqually Glacier. Blue skies, t-shirt temperatures, beautiful winter lighting, and great corn snow skiing in the Nisqually Chutes.
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from April 4, 2005:
Camp Muir, Nisqually Chutes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
December 18, 2004

South side of Mount Rainier, showing Muir snowfield
South side of Mount Rainier,
showing Muir snowfield
Ritual gathering near the Camp Muir potties
Ritual gathering near
the Camp Muir potties
Nisqually Glacier icefall
Nisqually Glacier icefall
Skiiing the Muir snowfield toward Nisqually Chutes
Skiiing the Muir snowfield
toward Nisqually Chutes
View down the Chutes from near the entrance
View down the Chutes
from near the entrance
Jason skiing the Nisqually Chutes entrance
Jason skiing the
Nisqually Chutes entrance
Jason carves deeply into good snow in the Chutes
Jason carves deeply into
good snow in the Chutes...
with a nice finish
...with a nice finish
View back up the top section of the Nisqually Chutes
View back up the top section
of the Nisqually Chutes
Aaron and Jason pause in front of the Nisqually Glacier
Aaron and Jason pause in
front of the Nisqually Glacier
Jason hucks one, photo 1 of 4: lift off
Jason hucks one,
photo 1 of 4: lift off
Jason hucks one, photo 2 of 4: mid-flight
Jason hucks one,
photo 2 of 4: mid-flight
Jason hucks one, photo 3 of 4: touch down
Jason hucks one,
photo 3 of 4: touch down
Jason hucks one, photo 4 of 4: exit
Jason hucks one,
photo 4 of 4: exit
Aaron hucks one: mid-flight
 Aaron hucks one: mid-flight
Overview of Nisqually Chutes skiing run
Overview of
Nisqually Chutes skiing run
Skinning up from the Nisqually Glacier moraine
Skinning up from the
Nisqually Glacier moraine
Mount Saint Helens lets off steam at the end of a good day
Mount Saint Helens lets off
steam at the end of a good day

Photos by Jeff Huber

Backcountry skiing trip report: December 18, 2004, Paradise,
Camp Muir, Nisqually Chutes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

   Mount Rainier seemed like a good option today given the high freezing level, clear weather and the repetitiveness of again skiing on Mount Hood with little snow--not that skiing on Mount Hood is ever bad, it's just nice to have a bit of volcano variety.
      In order to conserve fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we took Jason's "little VW" (aka VW Golf) arriving at Paradise under perfectly blue sky, no wind and t-shirt temperatures. Yes it was Paradise! We started skinning at 10:40 (per camera timestamp). The pitch below Panorama Point Aaron and I skinned while Jason bootpacked, I think the consensus was skinning is more efficient here.
   Descending from Camp Muir there were a number of "wind undulations" in the snow. The upper Muir snowfield was firm but by no means icy, and lower down it became progressively softer. We arrived at the entrance to the Nisqually Chutes a bit before 3:00.
   The snow near the entrance was a bit heavy, leading to concerns about the stability of the soft snow. After hesitation and discussion we entered noting we'd ski cut, ski one at time, and noting safe spots to stop if we wished. Once in the "chute" of the Nisqually Chutes the snow was mucho better quality and not nearly as soft as we had anticipated. The skiing was really, really good -- I'm not sure if it was still quite hero corn (at least by the high standard of this California native), but it was very close and uber good for early "winter". At the base of the chute Jason and Aaron hucked off the mini "half pipe".
   Jeff

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