Nordic Blading @ the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge (and a little bit of skiing)

28 11 2012

I’ve been scoping them out for a couple years now, and finally made the plunge the day before Thanksgiving. I bought nordic blades. They open up a whole new world in skating, making the uneven surfaces and obstacles embedded into the surfaces of  lakes, marshes, and tarns easy to skate on. As Jeff put it-they are like the 4×4 of ice skating.  Also, I’m trying to make lemonade out of a lemon of a winter so far…..the lack of snow (zero) has definitely impacted my enthusiasm, so I’m embracing what we do have plenty of-ice! 

 

I never would have guessed to head to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge to skate on the inlet had I not found a note about it on a local ice skating forum. We had extremely high tides combined with cold temps this week that made the inlet/refuge into a nordic blade haven. 

Eva and Dan heading into the noon sun….which isn’t far off the horizon this time of year.

Some challenging ice….Nordic blades make this stuff completely doable.

We found some beautiful ice! There were a lot of places where the ice was as nice as if it had been zambonied.

Jeff and Sabrina headed out with me a couple days later to try nordic blading. 

Tika seemed to get around just fine without skates.

I did manage to make it to Turnagain and ski over the weekend with Brian and Sabrina….to ski on snow that fell weeks ago. One of the only places that hasn’t been ripping out due to the cold, clear weather creating hoarfrost and instability was Tincan. We were suprised that it wasn’t as tracked out as we imagined it would be.

Sabrina enjoying the sunshine and temperature inversion on top of Tincan.

Just because Brian is one of the best snowboarders I know, I had to post this pic….it was fun watching him on skis for the first time since 7th grade 🙂

In all fairness, he did really well, and only fell this once.

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Summer skiing in AK…..

24 08 2012

Skiing Tincan in mid-July….still enjoying the epic winter we had! The best summer skiing ever.

Dan testing his mad slush cup skills. Yes, I got drenched taking this photo 🙂

Kasey, Dan, & Boone headed up to the Jewel Glacier on a warm August evening. Best (& longest) August ski!

The clouds rolled in over the glacier and created some interesting visibility.

The clouds were moving quickly. One moment white out, the next glimpses of the surrounding peaks.

Joel came to town from Australia and wanted some turns, so we I headed back to the Jewel. Found these four mountain goats right off the trail.

Joel checking out a waterfall off the end of the glacier.

70 months skiing and counting!





Pow day in Turnagain

23 02 2011

We’ve had below average amounts of snow this winter in Southcentral Alaska. It finally snowed late last week, so Saturday Jon and I took advantage of the fresh powder, bluebird skies, and warm temperatures (it warmed up from 4F at my house to 20F+ at the parking lot) in Turnagain and went skiing at Tincan. Suprisingly, it wasn’t crowded.

Jon on the skin up.

Jon with Tincan Proper. We did have gusts of wind. But the snow was light, fluffy, Utah-like powder!

 

That’s what I’m talkin’ bout! 

 

Jon’s face says it all!

My new/used set-up-the Line Prophet 100’s.  Thanks to Andres, Jim, Cathy, Sam and everyone else that helped me pull this together!








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