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Feb
25
2012
A Return to Skiing
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: turnagain  

In two weeks I'll be at six months since my fall. Six long months where I was limited to couch-surfing, swimming, cross country skiing and mellow yo-yo runs (in that order). But Saturday felt different. Good snow and a flexible ankle so we went and went and my ankle never bothered me so we kept going. Up the west face of Cornbiscuit. Down the steep south face that you shouldn't touch unless ave conditions are perfect. Then up the southeast ridge of Cornbiscuit (Wolf's Run) and back down again.   ( Read more... )



Apr
17
2011
Bench Peak - North Face
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: non-motorized, turnagain  

We set off to climb and ski Bench Peak. We knew there were tracks on the run we wanted to ski. But we knew of only 4 sets of tracks - and when those tracks are made by ubiquitous local skier "Eric the Viking" and his crew, and those tracks mean you don't have to route find through the wilds of Center and Divide Creeks, then you can forgive the 4 sets. Besides, following Viking and his crew's tracks down a Turnagain area run is kind of a given. If it's good and it will go, chances are Viking has already skied it that week.   ( Read more... )



Apr
15
2011
Matanuska Peak
Trip Date: 04/15/11 - 04/16/11   Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing   

Fun weekend outing to Frontier Peak that actually turned out to be Matanuska Peak. More text and pix after the jump.   ( Read more... )



Apr
09
2011
McHugh Ridge Walk
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: dogs, frontrange  
A latest start, a 10 minute commute to Rabbit Valley and then a 4 mile ski out to the base the base of Ptarmigan. Across Rabbit Creek, up a slope to gain McHugh's long East Ridge. Then a traverse of the East Ridge to the East Summit. Fun turns off the top of the East Summit and then a 2 mile run that drops 2000' all the way down the long North West bowl to Rabbit Creek. Some early season bush whacking to prepare us for summer and then back to the Rabbit Valley trail and home at a reasonable hour.
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Silvertip Creek Ave Video above.  Notes and thoughts on Manitoba after the jump.   ( Read more... )



Feb
17
2011
Peak 3
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: frontrange  

I go up Peak 3 all the time so I'm usually not inspired to take photos. But yesterday was a beautiful warm afternoon that felt very spring like. Skiing wasn't so great - but if you can ski Peak 3 after work in Feburary then I say the skiing is good. Come on spring! Some choice pix are below.


Todd booting towards the summit.


Ella, Koven & I on the top.


Heading down... snow was a little hardpacked. Todd was loving his newly refurbished Volkl Explosives.



Feb
05
2011
Peak 4 & Peak 2
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: frontrange  

Fresh snow and no wind meant conditions were ideal for local powder… so come late morning we headed up to Rabbit Valley and began the trek in. One run off Peak 4 and one run off Peak 2 and we were back home by 2:30pm just in time for afternoon errands.

A beautiful day with some half-way decent conditions for early February Front Range skiing. More pix after the jump.   ( Read more... )



Dec
27
2010
Where it's always sunny
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: turnagain  



There is a place south of town where it’s always sunny.  Where the sunlight warms a golden bowl even on the darkest days of the year.  Where the snow is deep and the runs are steep.  Where ribs are scraped clean by expert kid snowboarders and couloirs are filled with discarded sluff from passing skiers.   I won’t say where it is… anyone who skis south of town will recognize it – but if you don’t then you’re missing out.  It is, as I mentioned, always sunny and the snow is always good.   ( Read more... )



On Christmas Eve Eric Parsons and I went down to Turnagain and skied Tincan Proper. This is more or less how it went...   ( Read more... )



Dec
12
2010
Keeping up with the wife on Tincan
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: turnagain  

Tincan

When you're married to an over-achiever a lot is expected of you. You have to hold down a decent job, keep the house in order, make sure the dog doesn't do things like bite the mailman or eat porcupines, be a semi-decent provider, provide IT services, know how to troubleshoot a condensing boiler, have basic carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills ... and more.   ( Read more... )




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