With snow falling from the sky and ice forming in the mountains, winter 2014-2015 is here! We are once again offering a full array of courses in ice climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness, and ski mountaineering. Click on the image below to see a full list of courses and dates for the season. Book by Thanksgiving and get 10% off!
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Wow! What a year in Alaska! We had several weeks of great snow, good stability, and almost entirely good weather. We rode big glacier lines and steep ramps with descents approaching 5000 vertical feet! Following are some photos from our most memorable days of big mountain riding in the ski mountaineering capitol of the world.
The fourth day of the 2010 Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course dawned clear and sunny. We were scheduled to have a helicopter bump to a distance peak again, so we were excited to wake up to perfect flying conditions. We made our way to the Valdez Heli Ski Guides Base and prepped our gear for the sure-to-be-beautiful flight in.
Andrew & JP getting excited for the heli ride to our planned ski descent
JP, Andrew, and I arrived in Alaska to fresh snow, good snow stability reports, and a forecast calling for clearing skies. The conditions were looking good for our Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course and everyone was ready for an exciting week. We would soon discover that the excellent snow conditions, along with JP and Andrew’s enthusiasm for learning, would allow us to practice a tremendous amount of ski mountaineering skills while accomplishing some absolutely incredible ski descents.
The following video clip gives you a glimpse of some of the beautiful terrain we worked in during the course. If you click on the link “read the rest of this entry” below the video you can read a narrative of this outstanding trip along with some great photos and videos.
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