Van Trump area, plus telescopic view of Rainier upper mountain ski descents
I already commented on another TR about the ski conditions I found, but let me add this post now that I have some interesting views to share.
After my day trip from the Comet Falls trailhead*, I went up to the roadside viewpoint that is above the Nisqually Bridge and below Paradise to shoot some photos. Here is a link to the result, stitched from 15 exposures, and enhanced to show the many ski tracks.
(20359 × 7593 pixels, 89MB image)
This was about 4:15pm on Saturday, a few hours after ski descents were completed of the Success Glacier Couloir (TR here), Kautz Glacier (TR here), Fuhrer Finger, all with visible tracks here. Lots of tracks on the Turtle and the Van Trump area as well. It was a great day for skiing these routes, with warmth softening the calm upper mountain while winds below 8000ft kept the lower slopes from getting overly soft.
I may post detail crops here of some notable bits. But in the meantime, feel free to download, zoom in, and look around.
*Approach notes: There is currently no bridge at the Van Trump creek crossing (snow or otherwise). Early morning I was able to step and leap across, but in the afternoon when it was running high, I took boots off to wade through, knee deep. Snow was continuous above the steeper slopes near Comet Falls, at 5000ft. Patchy below that.