Entries in Chugach Mountains (12)


Alaska Late Winter Hits - Volume 2

This second wrap up of late season, Southcentral Alaskan skiing covers some fun days on the Seward Highway and a cool adventure to a relatively local but curiously hard to access line on Tanaina Peak.

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Alaska Late Winter Hits - Volume 1

For the better part of the last year I struggled to find the love here in Alaska. The weather was crap much of the time and winter took its sweet time coming. Everyone told me it would take a year to adjust and that seems to be what’s happening.

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Steep Skiing Fail

The incomparable Chugach, AKYesterday, I broke the number one rule in steep skiing – I fell. We talk a lot about no-fall skiing on blogs like this one. Defining a line as such requires a combination of pitch and snow characteristics. We rarely get to test the presumption. Doing so could cost you your life. Instead, we demand of ourselves utmost concentration and enough skill and judgment to ski the line without falling. Up until yesterday, I ‘ve been successful.

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More Early Season Pics

Most of my skiing in Alaska has been solo missions so it was nice to get out with my partner Marc today. He works harder than me and juggles ski time with family commitments. I get great enjoyment in facilitating good times for guys like him. Guess it's the guide in me. Plus, photos are usually better with friends in them.

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Knoya-Wolverine Ridge Traverse

Looking east toward Long Lake from the Wolverine ridgelineWith the high ridges of the front range above Anchorage finally free of most of this winter's ample snow dump, I've been eye-balling the maps for some good ridge running. I found out this past weekend that although the terrain looks cruiser from town, the ridge lines can be quite technical. On top of that, the Chugach is not known for it's alpine rock quality. Shit, people say the Tetons are chossy. You have no idea!

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