Vicky Ho is the ADN's deputy editor/online. An avid hiker and skier, she also writes Cautionary Tales, a column about lessons learned the hard way in the Alaska outdoors. Contact her at email@example.com.
Here's a roundup of ski movies playing in the Anchorage area to tide you over until the snow flies.
Cautionary Tales: The remote Arrigetch Peaks are a cluster of sleek, jagged mountains in the Brooks Range. Surrounded by rushing creeks and immersed in a gold-toned autumn wonderland, we were thrilled to embark on our two-week adventure.
Cautionary Tales: I can't say the warning signs weren't there. But this bushwhack off the Johnson Pass Trail was one to remember.
I didn't set out to become a Junior Nordic skier at age 28. But sometimes, that's how the Cookie Tour crumbles.
Cautionary Tales: There's no feeling like that moment you wake up in the morning on a camping trip and realize something has gone terribly wrong.
Cautionary Tales: When you have a poor track record with bicycles, riding a fat-tire bike loaded with overnight gear is a lesson in character building.
Cautionary Tales: Sometimes, it takes a bag of leftover holiday ham to remind you that you can find a taste of home anywhere if you look hard enough.
Cautionary Tales: On the virtues of checking out minor annoyances — an itch here, an uncomfortable hot spot there — sooner rather than later.
Cautionary Tales: In fourth grade, Chicago kid Jim Dore resolved to get to Alaska, one way or another. Thirteen years later, Dore crafted his plan -- which involved an $89 inflatable raft bought from Sears.