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Stevens Pass snowboarding and skiing photos: Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge)
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This is a gallery of Stevens Pass snowboarding and 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 snowboarding and skiing trip to Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge) near Stevens Pass, Washington, on the first day of spring. A foot of stable powder snow had fallen the previous day and we all trailed large powder plumes sliding down east and northwest through northeast slopes during the day.
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from March 26, 2007:
Stevens Pass snowboarding and skiing, backcountry powder snow, Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge), Washington, March 21, 2007
Charles near the top of Moonlight Bowl
Charles near the top of
Moonlight Bowl
Time panorama: David telemark skiing in Moonlight Bowl, Stevens Pass backcountry
Time panorama: David telemark skiing in
Moonlight Bowl, Stevens Pass backcountry
David skiing Moonlight Bowl powder
David skiing
Moonlight Bowl powder
David
David
David snowboarding powder in Moonlight Bowl
David snowboarding powder
in Moonlight Bowl
Steven Pass backcountry snowboarding sequence: Eric in Moonlight Bowl, 11 photos
Steven Pass backcountry snowboarding sequence: Eric in Moonlight Bowl, 11 photos
Looking up Moonlight Bowl
Looking up Moonlight Bowl
David telemark skiing Stevens Pass powder
David telemark skiing
Stevens Pass powder
David
David
Steven Pass snowboarding sequence: Eric in Moonlight Bowl, 7 photos
Steven Pass snowboarding sequence: Eric in Moonlight Bowl, 7 photos
Skinning back up Moonlight Bowl
Skinning back up
Moonlight Bowl
David telemark skiing shady powder snow
David telemark skiing
shady powder snow
David skiing Stevens Pass powder
David skiing
Stevens Pass powder
Heather Ridge snowboarding sequence: David in shady north-facing powder and trees, 6 photos
Heather Ridge snowboarding sequence: David in shady north-facing powder and trees, 6 photos
David engulfed by his powder plume
David engulfed by
his powder plume
Looking north to Lichtenberg Mountain
Looking north to
Lichtenberg Mountain
Skinning for a third run
Skinning for a third run
Black and white snowboarding sequence: Eric on third run, 6 photos
Black and white snowboarding sequence: Eric on third run, 6 photos
boarder-David in black and white
boarder-David in
black and white
skier-David in black and white
skier-David in
black and white
David getting air on third run
David getting air on third run
Skinning up through forest for another run
Skinning up through forest
for another run
David skiing moistened powder on fourth run
David skiing moistened
powder on fourth run
David skiing south slope to car
David skiing south slope to car

Photos by Eric Houtkooper and Charles Eldridge


Backcountry skiing and snowboarding trip report:
March 21, 2007, Stevens Pass snowboarding and skiing, backcountry powder snow, Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge), Washington

    The telemetry suggested that Stevens Pass might have some good powder, so David and I drove up to meet David and Eric (two Davids, one on skis, one on splitboard). It was calm and fairly cold at the pass. There had been clouds in the east on the drive up but the sun rose above these as we skinned up the south-facing slopes toward the radio tower, so we hurried out and did an east-facing run in "Moonlight Bowl" before it was too late for powder.
    We made it in time. The snow was very nice, about 12 inches of cohesionless powder that had fallen the previous day over a re-freezing but not yet solid granular layer, with a good bond between the two. The open ridglet that develops down the east-facing slopes showed some wind effects, but the rest of the slope seemed unaffected. We turned around in the trees where the surface snow was already starting to get a little moist, and skinning back up saw that a point release near the ridgetop had already set off a small slide in the new snow. We decided to head for more shady slopes to the west, and ended up doing three runs on various NW to NE aspects in the beautiful gladed forest.
    For the first north-side run we skied and boarded through a nice forest of big trees, and the snow was loose andÊpowdery, with big plumes trailing everyone, but especially the snowboarders. By early afternoon the sun had significantly moistened the surface snow where it could reach it: east to southeast slopes for us. The snowboarders got the whole layer of new snow to slide on a short steep approx. east facing section. By the time of our final north-side run, the surface snow had become a bit moist even on shady treed slopes, but there was still nice skiing. It had been clouding up and started to lightly snow on our last climb out, and we weren't really looking forward to the south-facing run back to the car, but this had not started refreezing and was fine (if not great).
   Charles

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