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It’s June, which can only mean one thing…more skiing! Tim, Benji, and I headed to Turnagain Pass on June 2, hoping for a little more crust. We found some decent crust right from the road, but we had our sights set a little higher. We skied up to the ridge on the west side of [...]

By mid-May, I had basically given up on any more crust skiing. With the record-setting winter, there was still snow to be found, but the weather hadn’t been aligning with my schedule, and I figured it wasn’t healthy to stew about it, best just to move on to summer. But then Tim and I got [...]

“There is no way it is skiable,” I thought to myself, “So it can’t hurt to go up and just take a quick look.” Ian, Matias, and I were standing at the high point of the pass between Williwaw Lakes and Long Lake, just behind Elliott Peak in the Chugach front range. What had started [...]

The Twentymile River valley has lots of great terrain for crust skiing, and a couple of cool lakes to explore.  But it can be finicky.  Often times, when enough melting has occurred to create crust, the alders have started popping up, or the section near the road has turned to swamp.  You need a lot [...]

We have had an incredible crust skiing season here in South Central Alaska.  A record-breaking amount of snow, followed by a lots of sunshine and freeze-thaw cycles during April and early May.  You couldn’t have dreamed up a better crust recipe.  Nearly every crust skiing hotspot was in-season starting in the beginning of April, and [...]

Oh, hey stranger.  Haven’t seen you in a while.  I haven’t been hanging out here in blogland.  No real adventures so far this winter.  But there are a few things afoot that are worth mentioning, so I decided to check back in. 2011 White Mountains 100 First of all, I recently noticed that I never [...]

I like a lot of variety in my ski routes, and so I don’t often do the same trips multiple times.  But this was my third time doing the Curry Ridge Rider’s Tokositna Loop.   It is such a great ski, its worth doing a few times. Rob, Bill, Kate, Chris and I are all [...]

I did the Frosty Bottom 50 mile race this year for the first time since 2007.  The race goes from Kincaid Park to Hilltop and back to Kincaid.  You  can bike it, ski it or run it.  I am sure you can guess my chosen mode of travel. My friends Seth and Bill were doing [...]

In early January, Bill and I were looking to do a long ski, but close to home.  My original idea was to try to ski from his house to my house, taking the long way around town.  We ended up modifying the route to minimize walking, and it became more like a ski from my [...]

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

June was grandparents month in our house. Both sets came for a couple of weeks each. One sunny Saturday my dad and I biked Resurrection Pass, 38 miles from Hope to Cooper Landing. I’ve been over that pass a number of times, but this was the first time it hasn’t been covered in snow. What [...]