Avalanche dangers and closures at Turnagain Pass have been a cause of frustration for backcountry enthusiasts. The area was still closed to snowmachiners Tuesday, and a recent storm has made skiing and snowboarding more dangerous.
It’s time we all take a time out and stop watching the Alaska sky for signs of snow. After all, a watched pot doesn’t boil, therefore a watched forecast doesn’t produce. Look down, instead, at the pages of a good read. Here's some suggestions. Alli Harvey
Last winter, snow conditions were perfect for a line that a group of extreme skiers had been eyeing for years, and professional skier Cody Townsend stepped up and dropped into the ridiculously narrow chasm, plummeting more than 2,000 vertical feet down a tight, cliff-lined chute.
The segment earned professional skier Cody Townsend “Line of the Year” award and fueled his “Best Male Performance” nod at the 15th annual Powder Magazine Video Awards earlier this month in Utah.Jason Blevins | The Denver Post
In an advisory issued Sunday morning, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said the avalanche danger would be rising to “high” for elevations above 2,500 feet for the first time this season.Devin Kelly
It wasn't that long ago that headlamps costing $100 and up couldn't begin to come close to matching this cheap-o. And now they're in the bottom of a basket in the mudroom, unlikely to ever be used again. Craig Medred
The Alaska hikers were alone and killed by grizzly bears, the statistically more aggressive of the two North America bear species. In New Jersey, 22-year-old Darsh Patel was with friends when they met the black bear that eventually killed him.Craig Medred
The coyote population has maintained relatively normal fluctuations based on cycles of their prey, primarily snowshoe hares and voles. When these animals are scarce, coyotes will eat a variety of things. Carrion from wolf kills ranks high.John Schandelmeier