Last years snow conditions here in Alaska were definitely sub par. Finding good snow definitely took a bit more effort, but it was out there. Here are a few images from some of the more memorable days in the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. All of my riding last season was on a Furberg 162 split. Some solo trips and a few with Snowsavage, Michael Macaluso and Miles Raney. Photos by them respectively if its a riding shot.
The season started off promising in late November/ early December in the Talkeetnas.
Once January came, the pickings became rather slim and we really had to be creative in finding worthy lines. Arkose Peaks
Falls Creek, Chugach
Riding with my wife, Melly.
Anniversary on the splitboards!
To end the season, I took on my biggest objective of the year. Solo climb and ride on both the East and West Twin Couloirs in the Chugach front range. Started on the South side by Eklutna Lake and climbed directly up the East Twin South Couloir, past the Dall Sheep and over mixed terrain. ie. rocks, slush and ice. After summiting, I had to descend a couple hundred feet on an exposed, thinly covered ramp, down to the rappel into the first couloir. A foot plus of dry powder the whole line. Then it was a direct climb up the West Twin North Couloir. The snow in here ranged from boot top to thigh deep blower pow. Both lines were all time. The descent down through the alders and devils club to the Knik River saved some time from having to climb back over to my starting point. 12 hours. 11,000 ft of descent and climbing.
East Twin line. Couloir to Apron to lower Steeps.
West Twin Couloir
Both East and West Twin lines for Perspective.
The season ended up being one of the most memorable despite the condition. The East and West Twin brought my season to a close at the end of April. Thanks to everyone who joined me for just a line or for an epic mission! Follow this years riding on Instagram @b_reynolds_ak