Sometimes It’s Ridiculous

It’s been a strange ski season for me.  The snow in the west was notoriously bad, yet I skied a lot of great conditions.  I traveled a lot, but feel like I didn’t ski as much as usual.  Even as the snow dwindles to thin, bumpy, rotten ribbons of grayish snow I have still felt …

Skiing on Dirt and Rocks

As I lie on ground in a pile of dirt, blood, and bent bicycle parts, my conviction that everything in the place is trying to kill me, or break my stuff, grows stronger.  My friend laughs at me and says she’s never thought of it that way.  Really?  There’s not a round surface for miles, …

The Pinky Spines

<p>With a high pressure forecasted for the week, everything looked like it would come into alignment.  With three days of perfect weather  we could get everything checked off our list.  If we had time for more it would be great.  But three days would be amazing. </p> &nbsp;   The first day after the storm cleared …

Skiing for a Film Project

Skiing for a film project is an interesting task.  This film will not be a documentary.  It is a scripted project with a storyline.  We cannot simply go out to ski and have the photographers and videographers follow us around so they can later edit the footage to just the highlights.  There are certain shots …

Life in Base Camp with Sweetgrass Productions

<p>Before we can ski, we needed to set up camp.  For the next eighteen days everything that is normally done at home or in town would happen at this base.   We would eat, sleep, bath, crap, maintain gear, and relax here.  Down time is a huge part of the Alaska experience, so the importance of …

Welcome to Alaska!

The small prop plane, with custom ski attachments on the landing gear, is wound up to full-throttle as our pilot, the legendary Drake Olson, accelerates down the glacier for the last time.  The high-pitched whine of the Cessna 180 adds to the intensity of the situation; it is clear that getting in and out of …

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