Forums TR Archive Alaska Chugach 2013 Viewing 12 posts - 1 through 12 (of 12 total) Author Posts December 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm #787456 D-GREEN 336 Posts Well, I hope it’s back on because I’m gonna start posting all my trips from 2013 here rather than multiple TRs. I hope there are some other Alaskan splitters out there to join me and post up some photos here as well. My last report/adventure was in late September/early October. Then, then it got clear and cold and the 3 to 10″ of snow faceted and started growing into enormous hoar crystals. In mid to late November we got a little more snow and a lot of wind creating a foot deep wind slab over about a foot of hoar frost. Then more cold temps and clear skies followed by wind, very high winds, and finally snow, lots of snow. Some would say too much snow… [youtube:3w2k02z1]KQOdLNOCmhk[/youtube:3w2k02z1] Then more winds came in and the resorts chair lift situation got even worse, way worse… The tram rammed into the tram tower and lodged itself there. Happy New Year!!! Then along with the wind came more rain and turned our precious snow to ice, lots and lots of ice. A virtual ice rink you might say… Then February came. The resort started opening “outer” areas, meaning areas other than groomed runs. The tram was released from the tram tower and a counter weight put in its place. On Valentines Day the tram was opened back up to the public and snow has started falling again. Snow has been falling and falling finally, covering up the horrible instabilities that lurk below. So for now, winter fun is on! Here’s a look at some of the mountains around Turnagain Pass on Presidents day… and the blower that they hold!!! Aaaahhhh Presidents day. Better late than never. Thank you Ullr!!! December 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm #787457 D-GREEN 336 Posts Got some sunshine <u>and</u> stability!!! Yeah March! So this is a picture I took of a line in October of 2011 I’ve been thinking of and trying to ride this line since then. Well the stars have aligned and AK’s back on! Away we go… looking down the other/South side A quick look around from the top… (I love mountains!) A look down our line …and dropping! Aaaahh March, how I’ve missed you December 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm #787458 D-GREEN 336 Posts Day 2 of bluebird skies! Doesn’t happen here too often. Off to the local playground and over and around a couple of small obstacles where I made a new friend checked out some new scenery and reaped some pow December 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm #787459 D-GREEN 336 Posts And the high pressure continues… So Snowsavage and I went for a little stroll to a small warm up run on our way to larger objectives where we reaped a little pow and laid down a little artwork it was too good to stop now, so back for more and life is good… I wonder what tomorrow will bring? December 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm #787461 D-GREEN 336 Posts and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow… It brought more sun with a new crew and yet another objective getting closer… this should be good starting to get steeper too and gnarlier WooHoo! Beer break on top and now the question is… Does it go? 3462′ of fall line baby! dropping! …and it went! One more day off and sun predicted, will my legs hold?… December 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm #787462 D-GREEN 336 Posts Well, last day off for the week and the high pressure is holding. My old and tired body on the other hand, not so much. But with age comes wisdom they say, and I say it’s time to cheat!!! All Smiles! for a heli-bump to these bad boys and there she goes time for a quick pause to check out another nearby behemoth and then focus on the task at hand and drop it like you just can’t stop it next oh look, a goat round one is done and now we’re getting into the shiznit! skinning to win staging for the climb and earning those turns those sweet sweet turns damage done and now if I may say so myself, that was one hell of a 3 day stretch! I think I’m gonna sleep for a week now and dream sweet powder filled dreams. By the way, it’s DUMPING out right now! Can you say Refresh?!? Until next time… December 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm #787463 D-GREEN 336 Posts Alyeska Resort crews painting the sky green for St Patty’s day Now that’s dedication to a party! December 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm #787464 D-GREEN 336 Posts The high pressure continues and somehow or another the snow still holds. Time for another new line in the backyard/Chugach. Went out with the usual suspects as well as one old friend whom I haven’t seen since this: http://splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6777. The hike started out a little nasty but turned to a nice stroll a little further up where we took in views of the mountains around us Big League, a closer look and Little League As we were gawking at the mountains around us, 3 more friends caught up to our group of 4 and we pressed on with a new large group of 7 and the views just got better the top of Alyeska’s Glacier Bowl and looking down on Alyeska’s chair 6 and tram terminal with Girdwood below We’re finally to the top and it’s time to drop! 3600′ of pure bliss One of many reasons to snow/splitboard… Did I mention it was windy out? Very very windy and freaking cold! which created wind slabs and chaos amongst our group of seven so we split back into 2 smaller groups and made it to the bottom safely and happy to be alive a look back up at the “chess board” on which we were all pawns and a little debris from one of the <u>SEVEN</u> slides we kicked off now let’s get the hell out of here and go get some beer! December 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm #787465 D-GREEN 336 Posts Soooo… After the little wind event last week we received 22″ of snow. 22″ in a day that is. New snow means resort riding and lift lines for me, but my friend Snowsavage on the other hand is chomping at the bit because he missed the last weather window and big lines sessions. He also is “anti authority” and does not like resorts and their rules. He talked me into going back out into the back country and testing the slopes on yet another somewhat rather large and a wee bit demanding line. and off we go and go wait, what? we better have a look around for some future lines Ooohhhh, we’re getting close and we’re there! so we better take a peek from the peak WHOA! and a quick look around Dropping! Into the abyss Now, I’m not sure how but, We Made It! time to get the hell out of this flat light and into some beer, stat! Snowsavage sais he’s good with/over snowboarding for a while. Mission accomplished!!! December 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm #787466 D-GREEN 336 Posts Snow savage’s reply to the last hike above… Cliffed out, clinging to to a 50 degree wall of sligthly edgeable snow on a large peak in AK, wind-slabs spider-webbing under our feet every couple of turns, 7pm, getting dark, not really sure where we are going, trying to find a way through a maze of exposure, 40 ft. cornice looming above = Snow Savage fucking scared. Snow Savage to D-Green : “This is a life-or-death situation we are in here. We need to find our way off this mountain NOW!” D-Green to Snow Savage : “Relax dude – Its just adrenaline” D-Green is frikken Burly and that ranks in the top 3 knarliest lines of my life. I am ready some for some mellow pow runs now. December 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm #787467 D-GREEN 336 Posts This is definitely the wildest winter I’ve experienced yet. The weather here is never ever predictable, but this year it is all over the place. After last weeks 22″ dump it’s warmed up into the 40s (Fahrenheit) by day and low 30s by night. So now the South and East facing runs are bullet proof, West is marginal at best, and North is Blower Pow. So we’ve been hunting North facing runs. We kept the first run a little mellower because it was a test run after skinning up bullet proof hell. but it was nice none the less On day 2 we went hunting for bigger lines, but… it was a wee bit white out Then day 3, Blue again and big game hunting’s back on There’s gotta be a rideable line around here somewhere Time to take a deep breath Regroup and Go! Then look around for another objective Until then… December 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm #787468 D-GREEN 336 Posts I haven’t been out in a little while, but I’ve still got some cards up my sleeve and am chomping at the bit. I’d like to go on another heli-drop but need to check out snow conditions first. So off into the backyard we go to see if we can find some pow. Well, we found some chutes anyways and tentatively dropped one and it was good Good enough to drop the dough and go for that helicopter assisted ride the next day to get up on this It may have been beautiful down below and blue all over, but the wind was howling up top! We circled around the mountain twice or three times looking for a safe, and calm, place to land. It was a no go. The whole peak was guarded by a HUGE cornice that neither the pilot nor us wanted to land on or near and the only half way decent spot to put down was being buffeted by wind. He very apologetically dropped us on a shoulder on the backside of the peak. He needn’t have apologized though, he put us down safely/ALIVE and the peak was right there. So we made our way up and then found our way down the North side Sorry about the lack of action shots and such, but the wind was bitter cold and moving around a lot of snow. we felt the need to get the hell out of there. After the winds died and I got time off to go play the sun had done its thing. This what I found on my last hike… 😥 🙁 😥 But it’s not over yet (I hope), it’s Alaska! and the weather is ever changing. As I’ve said before, we’ll see what tomorrow brings. Powder maybe? Or corn? No matter… Viewing 12 posts - 1 through 12 (of 12 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.