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Turns All Year backcountry skiing and snowboarding photos from Mt. Rainier
Camp Muir, Muir snowfield, Mt. Rainier, Washington
It can be difficult to find good backcountry skiing and snowboarding on the Muir snowfield on the south side of Mt. Rainier: the 4500' vertical between Paradise and Camp Muir means the snow is often good only for part of the distance, and high winter winds often scour some areas and pile up large sastrugi in others. When backcountry skiing and snowboarding conditions are good, however, there are lots of great runs to be found, and the scenery is always spectacular. The Muir snowfield typically gets pretty unpleasant toward the end of summer, with huge dirty suncups and cracks, but early fall snow can bury those defects and provide excellent backcountry skiing conditions. Maps and a compass are always important to carry, because a sunny day can quickly turn into a whiteout, and navigation above treeline in the fog can be very difficult. This gallery contains photos of telemark and randonee backcountry skiing and snowboarding from trips up the Muir snowfield to Camp Muir.

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Near Glacier Vista with Mt. Rainier
Near Glacier Vista,
with Mt. Rainier


Booting up Panorama Point
Booting up
Panorama Point


Muir snowfield overview, with Anvil Rock
Muir snowfield
overview, with Anvil Rock


Telemark skiing below Camp Muir
Telemark skiing
below Camp Muir


Skiing small sastrugi below Camp Muir
Skiing small sastrugi
below Camp Muir


Randonee skiing on the upper Muir snowfield
Randonee skiing on the
upper Muir snowfield


Skiing January corn, with Gibraltar Rock
Skiing January corn,
with Gibraltar Rock


Telemark skiing, Muir snowfield
Telemark skiing,
Muir snowfield


October snowboarding, lower Muir snowfield
October snowboarding,
lower Muir snowfield


October telemark skiing, lower Muir snowfield
October telemark skiing,
lower Muir snowfield


Nice corn snow
Nice corn snow

Snowboarding the lower Muir snowfield
Snowboarding the
lower Muir snowfield


Telemark skiing above Pebble Creek
Telemark skiing
above Pebble Creek


Snowboarding old snow, with Anvil Rock
Snowboarding old snow,
with Anvil Rock


Steep slope near Panorama Point
Steep slope near
Panorama Point


November corn near Panorama Point
November corn
near Panorama Point


Tatoosh Range view, Mt. Rainier
Tatoosh Range view

Nisqually Glacier with late October dusting
Nisqually Glacier with
late October dusting



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