Report from April 13, 2023
Yesterday, we awoke to gray skies and light snow.
By 9am, the sun was sneaking into Port Valdez, AK.
The weather has been schizophrenic of late and we weren’t sure how long this blue hole would last.
We decided to act on it.
We called in our guests, fired up the helis here at Pulseline Adventure, and blasted out.
My 4 clients were cautiously fired up.
We knew we wouldn’t have long out there.
Our first two runs were mellow and deep.
We used those 2 runs to assess the snow and avalanche conditions.
After some pits, ski cuts, and ski tests we felt more comfortable with the stability.
Our second run was off the Hogsback Glacier.
We took it easy again on the first run.
The snow was deep and spectacular.
On the second run in the second zone, we went for a short, gorgeous chute and had to pull the plug as orographic clouds began to build and climb up the valleys.
We were almost instantly back in the airport as we were purposely skiing close to home.
ALASKA 2023 REPORTS
- 4/8/23: Valdez, AK Report: Popping A Wheelie on Long Powder Spines in Sun & Shade
- 4/7/23: Valdez, AK Report: Knee Deep Blower Powder
- 4/5/23: Valdez, AK Report: Steep Skiing & Sluff In Our 2014 Shoup Glacier Camp Zone
- 4/3/23: Valdez, AK Report: “Alaskan Velvet” in Big Terrain With 3 World Cup Skiers
- 4/2/23: Valdez, AK Report: Skiing Above Lake Tahoe, I Mean, Valdez Harbor With 3 World Cup Ski Racers
- 3/28/23: Valdez, AK Report: Steep Skiing & Spread Eagles During a Secret Event
- 3/27/23: Valdez, AK Report: Skiing in Some of the Most Raw, Gorgeous Terrain on Earth – The Schwan Glacier
- 3/26/23: Valdez, AK, Report: Big Lines in the Shade + Happy Powder in the Sun Off the Pencil Glacier
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