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June backcountry skiing photos: Snowdome, Mount Hood, Oregon
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This is a gallery of Snowdome 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 backcountry skiing trip in June to Snowdome, on the north side of Mount Hood between the Eliot Glacier and the Coe Glacier, featuring sunshine, blue skies, and great skiing conditons.
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from September 26, 2005:
Skiing Snowdome, north side of Mount Hood, Oregon, June 18, 2004
Eliot Glacier and Mount Hood, with Snowdome
Eliot Glacier and Mount
Hood, with Snowdome
Hauling a load
Hauling a load
Skinning toward Snowdome, with Eliot Glacier and Coe Glacier
Skinning toward Snowdome,
with Eliot and Coe Glaciers
Seracs on the Eliot Glacier, with Cooper Spur
Seracs on the Eliot Glacier,
with Cooper Spur
Looking up Snowdome to Mount Hood's summit
Looking up Snowdome
to Mount Hood's summit
Eliot Glacier crevasses and clear cuts
Eliot Glacier crevasses
and clear cuts
Skinning on Snowdome
Skinning on Snowdome
Skiing creamy and soft snow on Snowdome
Skiing creamy and
soft snow on Snowdome
More creamy and soft
More creamy and soft
Tracks from the run on Snowdome
Skiing tracks from
the run on Snowdome
Skiing below Langille Crags, heading for Timberline trail
Skiing below Langille Crags,
heading for Timberline trail
Looking back to the north side of Mount Hood
Looking back to the
north side of Mount Hood


Photos by Jeff Huber

Backcountry skiing trip report:
Snowdome, north side of Mount Hood, Oregon, June 18, 2004

   Jonathan (posts as jshefftz) from Boston, MA, and Ben from South Lake Tahoe, CA, recently visited me for a four day Pacific Northwest Volcano trip. For day one we choose to ski the beautiful Snowdome on the northeast side of Mount Hood.
   As expected we found Cloud Cap road gated 3 miles past Cooper Spur ski area which left two options for reaching Snowdome: 1) Hike the Tilly Jane trail, or 2) Park at the Cloud Cap gate and hike the Wagon trail. Given the directness of the Tilly Jane trail I decided option #1 would be most efficient even though we'd have to gain more elevation than option #2.
    After a late start and a long hike we eventually reached the base of Snowdome around 3:30pm. The Snowdome was perfectly smooth without any crevasses visible. We skinned up to the mini roll at 9100' then skied down. Given our tardiness the snow was better than we expected: creamy and soft but not frightingly saturated. A few portages ensued so we could ski the snowfield below Langille Crags after which we gained the Eliot Glacier's west moraine and followed it to the Timberline trail and Cloud Cap. At Cloud Cap we followed the trail to the TJ hut which we missed on the ascent as it was unintuitively signed 'Tilly Jane Campground' rather than 'Tilly Jane Campground and Cloud Cap'.
    Stats for the day: Total vertical climbed=5900', Total vertical skied=2400', Miles hiked+skinned+skied=11.8
   Jeff

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