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Granite Mountain skiing photos: south face corn, Snoqualmie Pass
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This is a gallery of Granite Mountain skiing photos. 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 to Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, featuring a bluebird day and beautiful winter corn snow on the south face of the mountain.
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from February 5, 2007:
Granite Mountain skiing, south face winter corn snow, Snoqualmie Pass backcountry, Washington, January 31, 2007
Granite Mountain on December 6, 2006
Granite Mountain on
December 6, 2006
Granite Mountain on January 31, 2007
Granite Mountain on
January 31, 2007
Granite Mountain on January 31, 2007
Granite Mountain on
January 31, 2007
Trail through the forest
Trail through the forest
Looking up the combined gully, south side of Granite Peak
Looking up the combined gully,
south side of Granite Peak
Looking up the west gully
Looking up the west gully
Fog over the Cascade Crest near Grand Junction
Fog over the Cascade Crest
near Grand Junction
Granite Mountain upper west gully
Granite Mountain
upper west gully
Summit cornice, with Kaleetan Peak and Chair Peak
Summit cornice, with Kaleetan
Peak and Chair Peak
Tuscohatchie Lake, Kaleetan Peak, Chair Peak
Tuscohatchie Lake, Kaleetan
Peak, Chair Peak
Granite West bowl
Granite West bowl
Western summit slopes of Granite Mountain
Western summit slopes
of Granite Mountain
Old turns on a south face rib
Old turns on a south face rib
Plinko starts down Granite Mountain
Plinko starts down
Granite Mountain
Plinko skiing south face of Granite Mountain
Plinko skiing south face
of Granite Mountain
Nice January corn snow skiing
Nice January corn snow skiing
Skiing Granite Mountain south face
Skiing Granite Mountain
south face
Plinko skiing Granite Mountain corn snow
Plinko skiing Granite
Mountain corn snow
Granite Mountain south side central gully
Granite Mountain south
side central gully
A bad place to be with high avalanche hazard
A bad place to be with
high avalanche hazard
Granite Mountain from the top of Mount Catherine
Granite Mountain from the
top of Mount Catherine

Photos by Plinko, David Koelle, and Charles Eldridge
Backcountry skiing trip report:
Granite Mountain skiing, south face winter corn snow, Snoqualmie Pass backcountry, Washington, January 31, 2007

   With David's report from yesterday of still-corn I headed up, leaving the trailhead at a very reasonable 10:45. Very little breeze even on top, sunny and warm, had some lunch just below the top. I started down at 1:45 and skied the south face run that goes into the skier's right gulley. Still excellent skiing! In a few spots had to be careful of old tracks (icy), but overall great skiing on 1-2 inches of softened snow over a firm base. Stopped at 3900 feet and booted back up the rib between skier's right and central gullies. Too tired to go back to the top so stopped at 5100 feet. Started down around 3:30 and skied the skier's right side of the rib, still facing the westering sun (soft) and not very tracked. Down lower skied the "glades" of the central gulley as they were still in the sun, down to about 3400 feet. The trail on the way up had been incredibly icy so after crossing back to the west of the gully I just plunge stepped down through the firm forest snow and hit the trail around 2500 feet. I didn't fall at all skiing but nearly biffed about a dozen times hiking the last few hundred vertical of the trail - packed and frozen snow and some water ice. Instep crampons would have been helpful. Seems like tomorrow may be similar, so if you are one of the few bc skiers who has not skied Granite corn this week, don't delay!
   Charles

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