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Most years, slightly more than half of those who try reach the top of Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. Not since 1998 has the success rate fallen so low. By contrast, 68 percent made it in 2013, when the weather gods smiled on Alaska.

Craig Medred
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. Megan Edge
Many prices and fees for overnight camping, annual parking passes and boat launching that have been the same for more than a decade are changing at Alaska State Parks.Megan Edge
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.

Alaska Dispatch News
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
Holiday shopping can be daunting, but take heart if you have a pilot, aircraft owner or aviation aficionado in your life; there are lots of things big and small that can be wrapped up for under the tree. Here are a few suggestions.Colleen Mondor
An advisory committee to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council also recommended an annual cap of five halibut for sport charter anglers. Together with anglers on private boats, such anglers account for 17.5 percent of the halibut catch.  Commercial fishermen get the rest.  Craig Medred
For first-time winter campers, consider someplace a little more accommodating than a tent, so you can gauge how you feel about the experience.Alli Harvey