I headed to the Talkeetna Mountains to do a September ski.
I needed to check off September to make my ski season last a
year. It started out at Glen Alps in October 2011 and
finished here in September 2012. I was able to ski in
every month of this year-long stretch, and do it without the
help of planes or helicopters. I had done this 12 month
skiing deal before, but this year it was the easiest it's ever
been. Thanks to record snowfall and record cold summer
temps it was not hard to find places around Anchorage to ski
The latest storms that
hammered Southcentral Alaska dumped more snow than I anticipated
in the Talkeetnas. There was 16 inches plus of new snow in
the Lane Glacier area. That seems like a lot of snow for
plumage hasn't completely changed yet, and people are already
The Lane Hut ...
perhaps Alaska's nastiest mountain shelter.
Once up on the bench
you could ski on 16 plus inches of new snow.
The Lane Glacier in
Moon over ridge.
I think this is the
first telemark shot on this web site. I'm not big into tele skiing (and I'm not
very good at it). But I realize that
sometimes it is the only technique that works with skinny skis
in deep snow.
October 2011 at Glen
Alps to September 2012 at the Lane Glacier - 12 consecutive
months of skiing.
05 August 2012:
Checking Off August
Some people have been calling the Anchorage area summer of 2012
the "Lost Summer". We've had record cold temperatures,
lack of sun and
termination dust showing up on mountains above
Eagle River on August 2nd. Though I too wish there could
be a few more sunny stretches greater than one day long, I figure
a cool summer helps you out if you are trying to ski all 12
months of the year (without using an airplane or helicopter to
get you to snow).
From Anchorage I could see
that larger than normal snow patches for this time of year were
lingering on the ridges of the Kenai Mountains. So I
headed to the Palmer Creek Road south of Hope and hiked up to a
large snowfield to get some striding and gliding and turns in.
August is now checked off.
Lots of snow in this
area for August.
We went past this
neat "kettle pond" that had not completely thawed out. A
kettle pond is formed when a big chuck of glacial ice is covered by
glacial debris (rocks and silt). Later on after the
glacier recedes the ice melts causing a depression which can result in the forming of a pond or small
Skiing was done at
the 3500 foot level at the end of Palmer Creek Road south of
25 July 2012:
North Ridge of Culross Island
I try not to
post repeats of trips on this web site. But it was such a
nice day on this favorite summer skiing haunt of mine that I
figured I'd post some pictures. My wife and I last did
this hike/ski trip combo on the
north ridge of Culross Island in 2010. Thanks to
record snowfall this winter this was my latest ski ever in
Prince William Sound.