Valdez, AK January Climate Extremes

We are well into our third consecutive winter in the City of Valdez without a major wind event (+60mph) or significant snowfall event (+20″/24hr). The current snowpack depth and seasonal snowfall totals are slightly above average. A couple things stick out when running the numbers on Valdez climate history for January. I am only using data from 1964 to 2015. […]

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Book Review – The Alaska Factor 2

Alaskan Joe Stock obviously has a love affair with Thompson Pass where he spends a few months of the year being a backcountry ski guide. With his updated The Alaska Factor 2, a car full of skiers with skins will have no excuses if Valdez weather sucks. Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing segment of the world-wide ski industry and […]

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No Ski Reports – Sorry

Since I’m not posting reports this year folks are now emailing me. Though I’m flattered you would consider me for your beta, I really don’t want to do that anymore.  I just want to be a regular skier for awhile. Please do not e-mail or call for a conditions report as I will not reply.  The exceptions are skinners who know […]

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Tailgate Exhaust

Tahoe-based Tailgate Alaska recently had their permit renewed to continue there presence in Thompson Pass. I refer to the event as Carbongate, Rotorgate or Motorgate, as it seems odd to name a ski event after tailgating, a social phenomenom with it’s roots in college football. Besides, it has little redeeming economic value to our community based 30 miles away. It’s […]

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