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Turns All Year backcountry and telemark skiing photos from Mt. Adams
North Mt. Adams Wilderness Area, Washington
The whole north side of Mt. Adams holds extensive terrain well suited to free-heel telemark skiing, backcountry skiing tours, and waxless skis. These images are from a telemark skiing trip to the north side of Mt. Adams in mid-June. The very smooth snowpack had received just enough new snow the day before to make it completely white, and we found excellent skiing conditions - a thin coat of soft snow on a firm base. During the course of our five day trip, much of the new snow melted and the old dirty snowpack emerged. Volcanic dust often seems to help the snowpack consolidate into perfect corn, however, and the skiing remained great. We found nice runs on the eastern, central, and western parts of the lower Adams Glacier, as well as the Pinnacle Glacier. Metal-edged waxless (fishscale) skis work very well in this terrain and season, allowing the free-heel skier the freedom to ski tour efficiently, ascend without having to use climbing skins, and enjoy telemark skiing descents, all without ever having to remove the skis.

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Climbing above camp with Mt. Adams Glacier
Climbing above camp,
with Adams Glacier
Telemark skiing above camp, Mt. Adams
Telemark skiing
above camp
Camp, north side of Mt. Adams
Morning sun in camp,
north side of Mt. Adams
Skiing up western Adams Glacier
Skiing up western
Adams Glacier
Telemark skiing 8s on Mt. Adams
Telemark skiing
8s on Mt. Adams
Summer telemark skiing
Summer telemark skiing
Cornice and summit of Mt. Adams
Cornice and
summit of Mt. Adams
Approaching central Adams Glacier, with icefall
Approaching central
Adams Glacier, with icefall
Icefall descends from summit of Mt. Adams
Icefall descends from
summit of Mt. Adams
Waxless skis make snow travel easy
Waxless skis make
snow travel easy
Camp and cloud-covered summit of Mt. Adams
Camp and cloud-covered
summit of Mt. Adams
Backcountry telemark skiing on fresh June snow
Backcountry telemark
skiing on fresh June snow
Eastern Adams Glacier
Eastern Adams Glacier
Figure 8s in dirty snow
Figure 8s in dirty snow
Telemark skiing, last day
Telemark skiing, last day

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