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Turtle
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Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« on: 05/19/11, 06:44 PM »

Quick trip to Crater. This was my first with the Rim drive still closed. Still is amazing!!! Ranger station to Sun Notch via Rim drive.  Camped 7,000 ft. at  Sun Notch. Was great. Skinned in on corn with sun breaks and flurries. Snowed 6" that night. Woke to sun breaks and flurries. We proceeded to have an excellent day of powder skiing on Dutton Ridge. Stable snow with new snow sluffing early in the day.  We saw a few wet slides on our exit as the day warmed.


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Re: Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« Reply #1 on: 05/19/11, 08:05 PM »

Sweet - looks really nice!  I love that area.  Can't believe how heavy the snowpack is in the Oregon cascades still!
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Re: Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« Reply #2 on: 05/19/11, 08:27 PM »

awesome. Do any runs down to the lake? Is that allowed?
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Re: Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« Reply #3 on: 05/19/11, 08:36 PM »

Second picture is money.  Nice TR.
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Re: Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« Reply #4 on: 05/19/11, 09:06 PM »

No runs allowed into the Caldera! It is the deepest lake in N. America and is dam cold, even in the middle of summer. I would love to say "Yeah, I'd do it."  But after looking at it more closely, you'd be one sluff away from certain death, even with a PFD. I think you'd sink with skis, boots, poles ,etc. in most all of the areas we viewed. Also, you don't really want to break the rules, especially since the rangers are pretty helpful folks.  That's not to say it hasn't been done, or can't, but not for me, thanks.
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Re: Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« Reply #5 on: 05/20/11, 07:51 AM »

I frankly thought this was mis-posted to May when I saw the pow shots. 

Mid-may in Oregon?  Give me a break, what a year!  Thanks for the eye-candy.
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Re: Crater Lake, May 15th &16th
« Reply #6 on: 05/20/11, 08:21 AM »

Great trip and photos.  Powder in mid-May.   Wink
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