Adventure/Survival skiing in the Chugach

15 03 2011

Six of us headed up to the Chugach Powder Hut in Girdwood for the weekend. With no new snow this past MONTH, and lots of wind, we knew the skiing wasn’t going to be great. Although, the weather has been phenominal, and we wanted to check out the terrain for future trips. Sunny and warm we had slim hopes of finding slopes that may have been protected from the windblast.  We didn’t find any-it was definitely survival skiing on hard as rock snow-I think I was able to link two turns together in respectable snow all weekend 🙂 It was all good though, fun times with a great group, and endless possibilities for a future good snow year. 

Janet and Sam skinning up above the hut.

Chris catching some air.

The hut.

View of Girdwood and Turnagain Arm from the hut.

View of the Roundhouse, tram, and the North Face at Alyeska, sunset.

Mark and the Sams bootpacking it up. Once we got off the cat-track the snow was so windblasted we found it easier in places to bootpack than skin. 

Janet and Chris on top checking out the possibilities.

The crew.

Pano of the area with the crew in the upper left.

Mark recording the moment.

Amen!

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2 responses

22 08 2011
Marie Green

I am totally floored with your blog and I have only visited the first page! You are an amazing photographer, Amber.

23 08 2011
amberejohnson

Thanks Marie!

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