Windy transition this winter... well it’s still winter here in the mountains. Biking at sea level and powder in the alpine! . . .
We are currently getting our mountain bikes out of storage, building new jumps for them, and getting some vitamin d into our bodies. It feels incredible to have these warm days, but on the hot ones it's still nice to remember the feeling of getting blasted in the face by blowing snow! Manitoba Peak, AK
#ski#alaska#gobigdogs#skitouring#backcountry#mountains#snow @dpsskis @nick.dalessio
It May be spring at sea level but it is full on winter in the alpine. These pics from 5/2 keeping it mellow on the fattened winter like snowpack. Typically in May we are used to a super stable spring snowpack. Avalanches have been happening statewide, don’t give up the snowpack assessment mindset and avoid the human factors associated with ambitious objectives typical for this time of year. - - Thoughts on my mind as I’m currently prepping for a @remarkable.adv 9-day ski mountaineering course into the #AlaskaRange where there has been 8-15 feet of new snow... and counting since the 4/20 storms started! Patience and a weather pattern change just may lead to those epic adventures.
Alaska - a force to be reckoned with. Our crew just got back from Pika Glacier, where they were forced to hunker down for extra days due to snow storms not allowing for air taxi travel. Luckily our guides @mnsoucy and @rock_warrior were prepared with extra food, fuel and a voice of comfort. Welcome back guys!
Got out with the 2018 Snowball silent auction winner and friends. Donated day of guiding to help support @akavalancheschool and the @chugachavyfriends / @chugachavy forecast center.
Thanks to @akemyt for the support!
An incredible moment experienced all alone, as another trip to Alaska comes to a close, but not before I found myself back on Thompson’s pass and up in the Stairway to Heaven. Setting the skin track alone the last 1000 feet to the glacier and the boot pack, makes standing at the top so much more rewarding and being at the top alone gives me time to think about how blessed I am every day to be able to be in places like this. It was truly a walk up to heaven and I can’t wait to come back. 📸 Sasha needs ski buddies. .
My heart is so full. This photo constantly reminds me of all the blessings in my life, of how lucky I am to have this be one of my homes, and fills me with gratitude that I get to Ski, discover and explore this area year after year. #Alaska ➡️Post a photo of your favorite place with a story and tag me in it!
Prince William Sound, 15x larger than San Francisco Bay, is the most northerly ice-free embayment in North America. This area is also the terminus of one of the worlds largest pipeline systems. Since 1977 billions of gallons of crude oil have been pumped along the Alyeska Pipeline from Alaska’s north slope to the Port of Valdez. “One day when the oil runs dry, Valdez will become one of America’s great ski towns” - Joe Stock from his Alaska ski-guide book // #thealaskafactor#skitown#usa#skialaska#picoftheday
This winter has been one of the hardest winters for me, ever. I’ve been suffering from post-traveling depression which immediately transitioned into a ‘bad winter-depression’. Ive been suffering from concussion symptoms for the past several months that include memory loss, confusion, inability to store shot term memories and more. I’m also working on a knee injury that flares up unannounced and cripples me in the activities I love.
The combination of depression, the lack of skiing accessibility, my knee injury, and issues with my mind have turned into a horrific combination that affects much of my behavior, relationships and personal life. I’ve spent many days laying in bed resenting myself, or the conditions, or actions of others. I’ve also spent many days pushing myself in the Backcounty, more mentally this season than physically...Overcoming my mental barriers and trying to get back to the passionate happy person I usually am. I have found it hard to admit these issues, but so often we shield ourselves from the truth, from accepting our own struggles and maybe by writing it down, and sharing it with you guys...I’m taking one step towards the healing that I need.