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Snoqualmie Pass skiing photos: Twin Lakes, Windy Pass, Silver Peak bowl, Nordic Pass loop
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This is a gallery of Snoqualmie Pass 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 near Snoqualmie Pass, via Twin Lakes, Windy Pass, Silver Peak bowl, and Nordic Pass. A layer of sparkly, cold, and fast snow provided some great cruising turns and cross-country skiing on this bluebird day.
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from February 20, 2006:
Twin Lakes-Silver Peak bowl-Nordic Pass loop,
Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, February 15, 2006

Chikamin Peak from Hyak, looking up Gold Creek Valley
Chikamin Peak from Hyak,
looking up Gold Creek Valley
Toward Twin Lakes, with Silver Peak above
Toward Twin Lakes,
with Silver Peak above
Skinning though mature forest near Windy Pass
Skinning though mature
forest near Windy Pass
First glades near the NE arm of Silver Peak
First glades near the
NE arm of Silver Peak
Skinning up an opening at the end of the NE arm
Skinning up an opening at
the end of the NE arm
Close up of part of Silver Peak's NE arm
Close up of part of
Silver Peak's NE arm
Booting in the sun nearing the upper bowl of Silver Peak
Booting in the sun nearing the
upper bowl of Silver Peak
Skinning in the Silver Peak upper bowl
Skinning in the
Silver Peak upper bowl
Sunshine at the top of the knob in the upper bowl
Sunshine at the top of the
knob in the upper bowl
Charles poses on the knob, with Granite Peak
Charles poses on the knob,
with Granite Peak
David gets some sunny turns on the south side of the knob
David gets some sunny turns
on the south side of the knob
More David sunny knob turns
More David sunny knob turns
West facing sunny turns, heading toward the NW arm
West facing sunny turns,
heading toward the NW arm
North facing turns on the edge of Silver Peak NW arm
North facing turns on the
edge of Silver Peak NW arm
The layer of new snow was thin but still beautiful
The layer of new snow
was thin but still beautiful
Low contrast winter north facing slope
Low contrast winter
north facing slope
Nice snow in the glade zone inside the NW arm
Nice snow in the glade
zone inside the NW arm
Skiing the glades in the lower NW arm of Silver Peak
Skiing the glades in the
lower NW arm of Silver Peak
Booting in sunny forest from Windy Pass to Nordic Pass
Booting in sunny forest from
Windy Pass to Nordic Pass
Granite Mountain from Rockdale viewpoint
Granite Mountain from
Rockdale viewpoint
Kaleetan Peak, Chair Peak, Bryant Peak, and The Tooth
Kaleetan Peak, Chair Peak,
Bryant Peak, and The Tooth
The snow was good even at Hyak!
The snow was good
even at Hyak!
Yee-haw, gotta get some speed for those last turns
Yee-haw, gotta get some
speed for those last turns
An unrivaled backcountry skiing experience
An unrivaled backcountry
skiing experience

Photos by David Nicholson and Charles Eldridge
Backcountry skiing trip report:
Twin Lakes-Silver Peak bowl-Nordic Pass loop, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, February 15, 2006

   Don't know what happened to that 9" of new snow that supposedly fell Monday night. The snow in the forest was horrible, virtually no new snow over refrozen snow, and we didn't try to do any turns there. The snow in the open was fabulous, but was mostly a uniform 3 to 4 inches between 2500 feet to 5200 feet. Turns on steeper slopes weren't good because they scraped through to the frozen layer. Turns on lower angle slopes were great cruisers. The underlying refrozen snow didn't hold a boot, but we never broke through while skiing. The new snow fell as good snow and has only gotten better since. Fairly large surface hoar everywhere, overlying a very dry mix of snow crystals and grauple. Sparkly, silky, cohesionless, and fast.
    We parked at Hyak, fishscaled up the Cold Creek road, then skied through forest to Twin Lakes. Abandoned idea of turns in forest to the SW and skinned NW up through sunny forest to the Windy Pass area. We stayed close to the end of the NE arm of Silver Peak and climbed up into Silver Peak bowl on its east side and then to the 5200 foot knob near the top of the bowl. We started back down the way we had come up, but the difficult visibility in the shade of the cliffs and scraping though on the steeper slopes made us reevaluate. Changed plans to skiing down just inside the NW arm, not as steep and better lighting. Very enjoyable cruising turns on the moderate slopes. Turned E a ways down and skied the top edge of the big clearcut - more silky cruising to Windy Pass. Up to Nordic Pass, then traversed under Radio Ridge (turns would have been bad) to get to Rockdale viewpoint and XC trail. The north facing slope from the viewpoint looked so nice that we had to try it - just as great as everything else (rare)! Skied up to Grand Junction and then along XC trail to Hyak, and took a "blue" run down to the bottom - excellent.
   Charles

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