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12 Months of Snow: Stunning New Images from Scott Rinckenberger


Our good buddy Scott Rinckenberger managed to make turns in snow—all of it in Washington state—at least once a month for the last year. Fun enough, but he also managed to bring back a group of amazing images. We thought we'd gather them here and relay a few of his details on where and when each was shot. Enjoy!

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January - Shadow Line - Chiwaukum Mountains - N 47º 44’ / W 120º 54’

The Chiwaukum Mountains are the beautiful and remote peaks seen in the distance from the backside of the Stevens Pass Ski Area. This classic ridgeline is on an unnamed summit in the north part of the Chiwaukum range.

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February - Party of Four - Stuart Range - N 47º 27’ / W 120º 55’

Cold, dry winter weather is the norm east of the Cascade crest, creating a perfect habitat for silky powder. A long approach up the Teanaway valley unlocks the flanks of Mount Stuart; a perfect venue for sampling the goods.

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March - Textures and Trees - Buck Mountain - N 48º 03’ / W 120º 58’

Buck Mountain in mid-winter is some 25 miles from the nearest road. At 8528’ it is among the spectacular summits of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Highly recommended for the skiing, solitude, and views; but pack a BIG lunch.

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April - Coleman Glacier Crossing - Mount Baker - N 48º 46’ / W 121º 51’ 

The Coleman-Deming route on Baker is a winter classic. Even during periods of horrendous weather in the lower mountains, Mount Baker has been known to serve up fresh snow and perfect skies for a well timed summit run.

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May - Above the Crater - Mount Saint Helens - N 46º 11’ / W 122º 11’

Mount Saint Helens became a bit easier to climb when it lost 1312’ in its 1980 eruption. The gaping crater left behind serves as a potent reminder to get out and ski; you never know when your favorite mountain will explode.

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June - First Light on Heliotrope - Mount Baker - N 48º 46’ / W 121º 50’

To summit and descend Mount Baker in a single day requires a very early start. While sometimes painful, it’s generally rewarded with breathtaking scenery as the first light strikes the sublime forms of the Coleman Glacier.

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July - Crossing Textured Snow - Mount Baker - N 48º 46’ / W 121º 50’

July signals the end of frequent snowstorms in the high Cascades as the blankets of fresh snow are replaced by snowfields sculpted by wind, sun and glacial movement. A skier cuts a line across the Coleman Glacier at dawn.

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August - Climbing Ptarmigan Ridge - Mount Rainier - N 46º 53’ / W 121º 47’

While many of Rainier’s glaciers are a dangerous maze of crevasses in August, some provide year-round snow with minimal hazards. Climbing Ptarmigan Ridge from Mowich Lake yields 2 such glaciers: Russell and Flett.

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September - The Cascades from 10,000’ - Mount Rainier - N 46º 52’ / W 121º 47’

A night at the high camp at 10,000' on Ptarmigan Ridge yields breathtaking scenery and accesses reasonable skiing throughout the summer. Sunrise and haze illuminate the depth of the Cascade mountains from Rainier to Stuart.

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October - Winter’s Arrival - Mount Rainier National Park - N 46º 52’ / W 121º 32’

October marks the change of seasons with a spectacular and almost instantaneous transition from autumn leaves to winter wonderland. Snow, trees, sun and clouds combine to create a dreamlike landscape near Mount Rainier.

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November - Surreal Snowscape - Tatoosh Range - N 46º 45’ / W 121º 43’

Alternating snow and rain carve deep channels in the early season snowpack. Fresh powder and a miraculous sunbreak finished the recipe to create this surreal snowscape in the Tatoosh Range of Mount Rainier National Park.

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December - Crossing the Lake - Snow Lake - N 47º 28’ / W 121º 27’

Accessed via Alpental Valley, Snow Lake is surrounded by backcountry skiing options of every stripe. It also often serves as the transition point between dense fog and decent light. A lone skier on the good side of that line.

Posted on at 11:15 AM

Tagged: Photography, Scott Rinckenberger, Snowboarding and skiing

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good shots and amazing experience.

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