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South Sister skiing photos: Three Sisters Wilderness Area, Oregon, backcountry
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This is a gallery of South Sister 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 two backcountry skiing trips to the summit of South Sister, in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area of Oregon. Both trips were in June, of 2002 and 2004, and featured great weather, corn snow skiing, and views of Middle Sister, North Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor.
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from April 25, 2005:
South Sister summit ski, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon,
June 2002 and June 2004

Through the forest toward South Sister
Through the forest
toward South Sister
Skinning toward South Sister
Skinning toward South Sister
Skinning
Skinning
South Sister overview from Moraine Lake
South Sister overview
from Moraine Lake
Skinning near 8200 feet
Skinning near 8200 feet
Middle Sister and North Sister
Middle Sister and North Sister
Jonathan skiing South Sister
Jonathan skiing South Sister
Jonathan skiing South Sister
Jonathan skiing South Sister
South Sister overview from 6700 feet
South Sister overview
from 6700 feet
Close up: south side of South Sister
Close up: south side
of South Sister
Suncupped snow
Suncupped snow
Broken Top
Broken Top
Lewis Glacier
Lewis Glacier
Glacial tarn at base of Lewis Glacier
Glacial tarn at
base of Lewis Glacier
Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor
Ski tracks on Clark Glacier
Ski tracks on Clark Glacier
Ski tracks on South Sister
Ski tracks on South Sister
Ski route photo of South Sister
Ski route photo of South Sister
Looking south from near Three Fingered Jack - Broken Top, Three Sisters, and Mount Washington

Looking south from near Three Fingered Jack:
Broken Top, Three Sisters, and Mount Washington
Three Sisters area map
Three Sisters area map


Photos by Jeff Huber

Map source: USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory

Backcountry skiing trip report: June 21, 2004, South Sister summit ski, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
   Day 4, the final day of Jonathan and Ben's too short Pacific Northwest Volcano trip. We skied the south side of South Sister in Central Oregon. The snow was continuous enough for skinning about a half mile up Hells Creek drainage. Above the drainage the snow was already starting to soften even though it was only around 9am. Jonathan skinned all the way to the top with a short portage over bare rock on the ridge west of the Lewis Glacier while Ben bootpacked a few hundred vertical feet below the ridge of the Lewis Glacier and I started bootpacking about mid-way up the ridge. A lot of the summer trail on the ridge is exposed so it may be most efficient to bring light tennis shoes.
    The skiing on the upper portion was very good however lower down the snow was very saturated. We skied down from the summit and traversed west (skier's right) of the Clark glacier down a short ramp that leads to the plateaus of Moraine Lakes.
    I'm pleased to note that South Sister has more snow on it than it did this same time of year in 2002, though there seemed to be less snow in Hells Creek drainage.
   Jeff

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