Photos of Mt. Redoubt Ash

FasterSkierMarch 31, 20093

We have been hearing quite a bit about the Mt. Redoubt eruption that has spewed ash over parts of Alaska.  This has not done good things to the snow pack – Tim Kelley shared some photos.  Since he took these, it has snowed, cleaning up the trails for now – the ash lies in wait, ready to appear at the next thaw.  From a ski racing perspective it was fortunate the Fairbanks and US Distance Nationals were spared.

Mt. Redoubt Ash (Photo: Tim Kelley)

Kick is probably quite good!
Kick is probably quite good!

Mt. Redoubt Ash (Photo: Tim Kelley)


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  • skiwax

    March 31, 2009 at 9:12 am

    If only pictures could also give one a feel of the gritty stuff.

    Try scraping off the sand from 120 – 220 grit sand paper, pile it about 1/2 inch high over a large area, clip on your best pair of skies and head off — oh, don’t forget the face mask. It wouldn’t hurt to remove your contacts, too.


  • Patrick Stinson

    April 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Nice pictures Tim. I am so glad I missed that

  • Tim Kelley

    April 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Dean makes a poignant comment about contacts. I remember in 1992 I was running home from an orieneering race in Anchorage and ash started falling from another volcano that erupted – Mt. Spurr. Besides choking on ash, the ash was getting under my contacts. That was intensely painful. I had to pull out my contacts and grope my way home. Then I had to wear glasses for a few days because my corneas were a bit scratched up. But that ashfall was way more then Redoubt has been giving us so far.

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