30 Days in the Chugach Range, AK | Photo Tour:

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Whiskey time on first night, March 15th, 2014.
Whiskey time on first night at camp, March 15th, 2014.

The past 30 days in the Chugach Range of Alaska have been inspiring.  This place never stops teaching lessons and never lets you drop your guard.  For the first time in my life, I feel as though Alaska and her people have let me in.  She’s now calling me and I can’t resist.  It won’t be long before I do a season here.


Map of Shoup glacier area where I spent 20 days in March/April 2014.

Where These Photos Are From:

I arrived in Anchorage, AK on March 13th at 2am, skied powder at Alyeska ski resort on March 14th, flew onto the Schoop glacer on March 15th, spent 20 days climbing, camping, and skiing on the Shoup glacier and Sugar Mountain near Valdez (filming for the movie Sugar Mountain), flew off the glacier on April 3rd and watched Jim Chaplin snow kite for a couple hours and saw Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Bear’s Tooth, skied a few days at Alyeska, skied a few days at Turnagain Pass, I leave here on Friday and I don’t wanna.

Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.

Weather and Snow Conditions in the Chugach the Past 30 Days:

The Chugach got a few feet of snow ending on March 14th.  One sunny day followed that storm before another small storm dropped about 8″ (up on th Shoup, at least) on March 16th.  The day after the small storm a heavy wind event ripped through the Valdez area and damaged a lot of the perfect snow.  There were still great turns to be had on North and Northwest aspects.  After the wind died down on March 18th, the Chugach experienced an unprecedented for March, 18 days of sunshine and warm (for here) temperatures.  Weather didn’t return to the Chugach until April 4th when a weak storm did almost nothing for about 3 days.  The night of the 7th the weak storm finally kicked into gear and dropped 6-12″ of snow.  Dust on crust in spots and perfect powder in spots.  The higher the elevation and more north facing the better.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

30 DAYS IN THE CHUGACH RANGE, ALASKA:

 

College Fjord on April 3rd, 2014.
College Fjord on April 3rd, 2014.
Backside of Dragon Spines.
Backside of Dragon Spines.
Raw Sugar Mountain.
Raw Sugar Mountain.
Backside of Dragon Spines.
Backside of Dragon Spines.
Dragon Spines
Dragon Spines skied great.
Looking down Dragon Spines.
Looking down Dragon Spines.

 

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe rocked the Bear's Tooth in Anchorage the night I got off the glacier.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe rocked the Bear’s Tooth in Anchorage the night I got off the glacier.
Sugar Mountain and camp.
Sugar Mountain and camp.
Columbia glacier.
Columbia glacier.
Columbia glacier.
Columbia glacier.
Jim Chaplin and plane.
Pilot Jim Chaplin and plane.
Upper Colony glacier (8,500ft) and Jim Chaplin snow kiting.  April 3rd.
Upper Colony glacier (8,500ft) and Jim Chaplin snow kiting. April 3rd.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
sunset
sunset from camp.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
Moraine with wind lines and sunset.
Moraine with wind lines and sunset.
Alyeska pow on April 8th, 2014.
Alyeska pow on April 8th, 2014.
Lucero at Alyeska on April 5th
Lucero at Alyeska on April 5th

 

Alyeska pow storm on March 14th, 2014
Alyeska pow storm on March 14th, 2014
First night sunset.
First night at camp sunset.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
camp.
camp.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
On top of Dragon Spines.
On top of Dragon Spines.
camp from Sugar Mountain.
camp from Sugar Mountain.
Schoop glacier.
Schoop glacier.

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Sugar Mountain and my tent (bought in 1996).
Sugar Mountain and my tent (bought in 1996).

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Sugar Mountain from tent.
Sugar Mountain from tent.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Upper Colony glacier (8,500ft) looking down at Prince William Sound (0ft)
Upper Colony glacier (8,500ft) looking down at Prince William Sound (0ft)
Turnagain Pass tracks.  April 9th.
Turnagain Pass tracks. April 9th.
5 turn cloud by Leaki Popplymayer at Turnagain Pass on April 9th.
5 turn cloud by Leaki Popplymayer at Turnagain Pass on April 9th.
Lee dropping into Elevator shaft on April 9th on Turnagain Pass.
Lee dropping into Elevator shaft on April 9th on Turnagain Pass.
Turnagain Pass vistas.
Turnagain Pass vistas.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Chugach Range near College Fjord.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain.

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6 thoughts on “30 Days in the Chugach Range, AK | Photo Tour:

  1. Miles – looks incredible. Would be stoked to talk to you about the logistics of this trip – got a crew here interested in making something like this happen in 2015. You around Tahoe now?

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