Backcountry News

I will be attending the Northwest Avalanche Center Snow and Avalanche Workshop in Seattle at the University of Washington on November 8th. The speakers list presents an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in the field including Mike Hattrip, Pascal Haegeli and Martin Volken. I’ll file a report when I get back on what I learned from a workshop focused […]

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Winter Strikes

A quick glance at my skinning logs show October 15th as the normal first ski day in Thompson Pass. I used to get first tracks(and last!) all the time, but now it’s rare with so many skiers living in and around Valdez. Sometimes it comes earlier, like a memorable day powder skiing on the Loveland on October 4, 2013. As […]

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Valdez Place Names – Mt Dimond

Mt Dimond gets spelled wrong as often as it is skied.  From movie credits to ski industry advertising they just can’t seem to get it right.  But it’s a simple mistake as with other editing errors in Alaska’s rich ski mountaineering history which bares some humor and correction. Donald Orth’s Dictionary of Alaska Place Names is the epitome of books on […]

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