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Stevens Pass backcountry snowboarding photos: Heather Ridge-Skyline Ridge
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This is a gallery of backcountry snowboarding 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.Twelve backcountry snowboarding photos from a trip to Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge) near Stevens Pass, Washigton: splitboarding in January powder snow. Lots of new snow and an early start meant that we couldn't access our intended destination, but we found fun and stable snow conditions on Heather Ridge, across Stevens Pass from the ski area.
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from January 23, 2006:
Backcountry snowboarding (splitboarding), Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge), Stevens Pass, Washington, January 20, 2006
Skinning into Ullr's domain on Heather Ridge, Stevens Pass
Skinning into Ullr's domain on
Heather Ridge, Stevens Pass
Snoslut breaks a double-wide track with his splitboard
Snoslut breaks a double-wide
track with his splitboard
Nice fluffy powder in the morning
Nice fluffy powder
in the morning
Looking down Heather Ridge to Stevens Pass
Looking down Heather Ridge
to Stevens Pass
Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Crest Trail
Lewis and Clark expedition
to the Pacific Crest Trail
Snosluttin' the glades of Heather Ridge
Snosluttin' the glades
of Heather Ridge
Nice powder plume
Nice powder plume
Busting through a wind lip
Busting through a wind lip
More turns before the forest
More turns before the forest
Heading for a slot between the trees
Heading for a slot
between the trees
On the feet of a good rider
On the feet of a good rider
Snoslut busts a drop down in the trees
Snoslut busts a drop
down in the trees

Photos by Charles Eldridge
Backcountry snowboarding (splitboarding) trip report:
Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge), Stevens Pass, Washington, January 20, 2006

   Snoslut and I got up to Stevens Pass early and were planning on heading up Nason Creek to the Crest, but the Stevens Pass lower lot wasn't yet plowed (14-16 inches new). Headed down to the parking for Arrowhead - plowed but we couldn't see breaking trail all the way up there with just the two of us. Smith Brook parking wasn't plowed, so we headed back to Stevens Pass. With all of the new snow overlying more soft snow, the trailbreaking was very tedious. Very sensitive surface slabs right above the parking lot (shooting cracks), but otherwise pretty cohesionless up to the upper shack (around 5000 feet). There was too much new snow to get any turns on the less steep parts, but we had fun in nice powder snow in the open areas and continuing down through the trees to the Pacific Crest Trail. The snow got moister and heavier in the afternoon, as did we with snow continuing to fall during the day, so we left before the ski area day crowd hit the road.
   Charles

   Hmmmm...deep pow, fluffy in the morning and creamy in the afternoon. Hmmmm. Yeah trail breaking was tough and I now feel like a one legged man in an arse kicking contest but nothing a guinny and hot shower couldn't cure. The Lewis and Clark forest exploration thru some killer terrain in the trees sure made the day, Charles. Them open slopes sure were bottomless as I leaned back looking at the sky. Don't shake hands with tree branches unless you like looking like a yeti!
   Snoslut

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