Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Advice for Anchorage Jan 2015
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  • #580301
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Hi Folks!

    My wife has a business trip to Anchorage in early January for the Alaska Gift Show (Denaina Convetion Center) and I plan to join her and ride while she’s working.

    We’ll be flying in and rent a car. Plan to stay in the area of the convention center for her convenience.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated:

      where to stay
      what car to rent – I plan to drive to get to the goods, do I need 4×4, etc.
      are resorts around there a good idea? Alyeska is not too far, I have heard great things and while I love the backcountry, I am open to spending a day at a resort
      anything else for a first-timer to Alaska – for both riding and having fun around – sites, restaurants, bars / clubs, whatever

    I’d love to meet up someone too but have to clarify that I am coming off an ACL surgery last December so plan to “take it easy” and just enjoy being there.

    Thank you!
    Ivo

    #678286
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    Don’t know much about accommodations or car rentals. If you’re going to Hatchers pass to split you’ll want something with 4wd. Alyeska is the only resort worth going to. Turnagin pass is probably the easiest thing for splitting. While you’re in town go to the Midnight sun brewery.

    #678287
    Weakened Warrior
    12 Posts

    :twocents: here: stay downtown. Bring warm clothes, it could be 30 and wet but it’s more likely to be -10f and dark as shit. Headlamp is smart.
    Sometimes the cold makes for such blower pow, sometimes the conditions just suck. The days are short.

    Unless you are going to Hatchers, fwd will work. Just drive slow. If I were recovering from knee surgery, Hatchers would not be my first choice. But maybe that’s where the snow is.

    #678288
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Great, thanks for the tips!

    We got a hotel downtown, as recommended. Seems that I should stick to Turnagain and Alyeska.

    Any recommendations on resources for Turnagain would be great.

    If someone is going up on Jan 8 to 10th – I’d love to meet and chat, even if we end up choosing different routes for the day.

    Cheers
    Ivo

    #678289
    alpinehobbit
    9 Posts

    Check out the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center’s page for daily advisories for Turnagain and some maps and weather info: http://www.cnfaic.org/

    Also pick up a copy of Joe Stock’s “The Alaska Factor”. You can get this at REI in Anchorage. http://www.stockalpine.com/the-alaska-factor/

    Unfortunately right now we’re stuck with warm temps and clear skies as our normal weather continues to be deferred south. Pretty much no snow below 4,000′. Cross your fingers, do some voodoo, whatever it takes.

    #678290
    Ben Reynolds
    35 Posts

    If your looking for great riding that doesn’t take a lot of touring to get to, then Hatcher Pass is a great place to split. The snowpack can be variable at either Turnagain or HP, just requires a little research once your here in order to see which is holding the best snow. Lots of great options at H.P. from long 2,000 ft mellow lines to the steepest 1,000 ft mini gnar you could imagine, all within an hour to hour and a half skin. Turnagain is awesome for sure, but its bigger terrain and requires more local knowledge to get on the best lines. In Hatchers you can look up and see dozens of options from the parking lot. Here’s a line that takes 45 minutes to get to the top of from the parking lot, in fact you can see the parking lot in the upper right corner!

    #678291
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    I was hoping you’d weigh in here Ben. I haven’t seen you since we heliskied our way from Haines to Juneau. You’ve been doing good work since moving to South Central. I’ve got to figure out visiting you up there.

    #678292
    alpinehobbit
    9 Posts

    Nice Rae Wallace stoke, Ben! So this might be a long shot, but I think I met you (or another splitboarder named Ben) at Hatcher about this time last year. I had just arrived from Cordova for the winter. My buddy and I had came down off Skyscraper and you were there with your lady (XC skiing? Snowshoeing? can’t recall).

    Anyways, would love to hook up sometime and get the goods once we finally see some snow!

    #678293
    Ben Reynolds
    35 Posts

    Hey Peacefrog, didn’t realize it was you! Yeah its been a while. That heli trip was pretty dang epic :headbang:
    The first time I strapped on a Split was on one of yours when we skinned up East Bowl at Eaglecrest. Split boarding definitely changed my life!
    We have a guest room here at our house if you ever make it up here. Theres always goods to be found somewhere. If you haven’t seen it,
    I posted a season review in photos recently on the trip reports page.
    Alpinehobbit, yeah that was probably my wife and I. We are always up there, even if not splitboarding. I’ve found skate skiing to be a great
    flat light day activity. Keeps ya moving fast on those long days in the mountains!
    I’ll see ya around. We normally drive a black honda pilot with a packasport on top.

    #678294
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Wow Ben – this looks epic!

    But also risky: loaded and steep. Add the facts that most likely I’d be solo and I haven’t been riding after my ACL surgery so my sluff management skills are rusty, at best… I think I should do something more mellow.

    Thanks for the tips!

    Cheers
    Ivo

    #678295
    Ben Reynolds
    35 Posts

    The backside of this line consists of several 25-35 degree ribs that descend over 2,000 ft back down to the road. :thumpsup:

    My wife loves ’em

    #678296
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    As soon as my wife, kids and the State legislature let me go I’ll be there Ben

    #678297
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Ha – that’s another great photo and very mellow 🙂

    I DO want to hit the steeps and these spines are much more appealing and exciting, just think it *might* not be the responsible thing to do, depending on specifics / conditions. Will base my decision on the best information I can get for the actual conditions when the time comes.

    Cheers
    Ivo

    #776888
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Happy New Year!

    Almost boarding (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) time!

    So a friend of mine is coming too now with his son. We have the 3-day passes for Alyeska just in case but I still plan to take a day or two to explore Turnagain pass on my own. Is it feasible to ride Turnagain BC in the morning and catch up with the others at the resort in the afternoon?

    And really any tips on Turnagain current good lines, gps tracks, etc. will be very helpful!

    I have an ABS pack, but hear it’s impossible to fly with the full cylinder – can I count on being able to get an easy swap / full cylinder around Anchorage / Alyeska? If not, I may bring a different pack, e.g. BD avalung…

    Also, glad to meet with up with people – whether it’s enjoying some drinks or a mellow tour.

    Thanks!
    Ivo

    #776901
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    I think it’s pretty low tide out there. You should have no problem finding place to get your abs canister filled in anchorage. Morning mission follow by a trip to Aly is possible but seems backwards. I’d do the morning at the resort and tour in the afternoon.

    #776939
    saign
    330 Posts

    I’ve been following the avalanche forecast for Turnigan pass. http://www.cnfaic.org/

    They’ve got a shitty snowpack and a deep persistent layer right now. You may want to try and hook up with some locals before you go touring solo

    #776942
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Thanks for the intel!

    Yes, I am looking at this 2-3′ persistent slab and not liking it. May stay very low just to check out the area and spend more time at the resort…

    Cheers
    Ivo

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