Originally when I started this blog I pictured writing about all my epic ski adventures in the AK mountains. Well dreams were more or less shattered (literally and figuratively) when I dislocated my elbow and broke my arm this fall. I was told by my surgeon that I would not be skiing this season. Well, after 5 months of physical therapy, and a LOOOOTTTT of work I am back at full force skiing and even rock climbing! Below is a picture of my radial head replacement, yes I am partially made of metal now!
Anyways, as most of you know, this winter in Alaska has not been short on snow and I have had some of the most epic powder days (both resort and back country). Today was one of those unexpected, bluebird, powder days that tops my list for the season and I just had to tell the story! It was too epic not to dedicate an entire post to it. See, I was planning on heading to Alyeska, but they only reported 2″ of new snow and high winds so last minute, Brian and I decided to head to Peak 3. The skies looked clear and it had snowed in Anchorage non-stop for the last 2 days, so we figured there was bound to be fresh snow… and alas, it was there waiting for us!
The skin up was unbelievably beautiful! Apparently, no one got the bluebird, powder memo and we had the whole mountain to ourselves for a bit! Peak 2 and 3 are both straight ahead of Brian.
Brian and Nuna STOKED on the fresh snow!
Brian breaking trail up towards Peak 3.
Looking out towards Turnagain arm and down at the powder stash waiting for us 🙂
I take over the lead for a bit…
At the Top of Peak 3!
Brian getting the helmet cam ready for the ride down
View from the top
360 view from the top!
The pic above is me at the top of Peak 3 right before dropping into an amazing run on my K2 Coomba teles! Brian got some good helmet cam footage of it too. Unfortunately, we could only get one run in because of prior engagements but we left some truly memorable pow turns behind us.
Problem with a powder junkie is that one run is never enough and the better it is, the more you need it. That’s why when Seth called me (after I returned home from adventure #1) to go do a winter summit of Flat Top, my only response was “can I bring my skis??”
So Seth met me at my house and we were off to Flat Top for a Sunday afternoon hike/ski! Here’s Seth at the start of the Flat Top trail (summit is middle center- the flat one!)
Theme of the day: “Dirty!!!!” We were skiing dirty dirty mountains with dirty mountain men (see below) and Boulder hippies. pure dirt.
Seth decided to take his own route and left me to suffer post-holing up some REALLY sketchy terrain!
not so sketchy,
sketchy! it’s steeper than it looks…
I met Seth at the saddle and we made our way up the ridge line… looking towards the summit (moon is in the background)
Conquering the world, one climb at a time!
Seth told me to be “steezy” this is what I did….
Looking up towards the top, I dropped in on my skis just to the right.
Better angle on how steep it was up there…
We made it to the top but it was getting cold and I was getting anxious to get skis off my back and onto my FEET! Seth got video of me dropping in and I got some video of him sliding down!
We both had a very fun and quick decent!
We got back to the car just in time for sunset…
Panorama view of Flat Top and the ocean:
Unfortunately, the lower mountain had some hidden rocks and I was a sad skier when we reached the parking lot and I found some nice core shots to my Coombas. They are getting some love in the shop now and should be ready for the next ski adventure soon!
Until then, this weekend warrior will be dreaming of what next weekend will bring!!!