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    D-GREEN
    336 Posts

    Sorry these pic’s and trip report are from early season and not quite current, I’ve just learned how to put pictures up here (I think).
    Anyhow, we started our season in early November

    with a good 3′ of cold smoke

    which means pow faces to had by all

    So we thought we’d hike up another/larger run the next day, even though the ground was still warm in these early season conditions…causing these guys/glide cracks

    But who can stop on a bluebird day with fresh pow

    …and mountain scenes like this

    Well…don’t let beautiful days and mountains fool ya, there are dormant dragons out there! and they look like this when they wake up!!!



    So here’s our story. 4 of us hiked up to “check out the scene” knowing full well snowpack was nominal at best. But at the top there were 4 tracks from the previous day, 4 wiggle-butt skier tracks at that. You know, the ones that hammer the snow with every turn. So we judged the snow conditions by these skiers tracks and disregarded digging a pit of our own.
    The first person of our party did a ski-cut jumping his way across the mountain top and then dropped in and took some turns until he took a header and kartwheeled a few times until regaining himself and skiing the rest of the way down. Skier #2 also did a ski-cut and then pointed down making some beautiful pow turns…Until he turned towards a small rib 3/4 of the way down the run and WHUMP!!! The whole mountainside came down. A good 3′ crown down to the ground. About 65 to 100 feet across and 1500 long… The Whole Mountainside! Our friend got onto the little rib and out of the way. The last 2 of us, still on top, HIKED back down. Not a scratch on anyone. It was a good day.
    Welcome to Alaska boys![/img][/url]

    #602839
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    classic alaska exposure… are those pics of turnagain/tincan?

    #602840
    cranman
    30 Posts

    Nice TR! Glad to hear everyone is ok!

    #602841
    Camgina
    91 Posts

    shit son, sick day.

    getta get back there.

    again, where are you.

    #602842
    D-GREEN
    336 Posts

    classic alaska exposure… are those pics of turnagain/tincan

    Yes…that would be the north face of tincan that slid on us.
    I highly recommend other mountains in the turnagain area though.

    #602843
    ctowles
    81 Posts

    dusty, i’ve been putting away pennies for a plane ticket and almost have enough if i can ge a deal like i saw last month. wondering what the best time to come is. late march? early april. lemme know.
    chris

    #602844
    Splitfire
    327 Posts

    Is the road to Seward down in that valley,first picture? Looks really familiar. I heart Alaska

    #602845
    brg
    141 Posts

    Looks like good start dusty, Glad you figured out the picture gig, keep em coming. peace and pow from jackson.

    #602846
    mergs
    100 Posts

    lordy mama, what am i doing down here in the lower 48

    #602847
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    Wow – that’s a lot of snow that came down. Glad you’re okay. Beautiful mountains!

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

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