After an epic first day out on Tincan, I was inching for more! After recovering from the turky hangover it was back to google earth and the avi center for some research. After seeing how many people go to ski Tincan I was looking to get away from the crowds. My first idea was to go to a ridge called Lipps. It was the same aspect and and some similair looking terrain. After looking at the avi center though, my mind was changed. There was a new report out and they were taken from the south west face of Sunburst. They made it sound steep, deep, and stable. I did more research on the mountain and found out that there was no safe zones except for your car or the ridge, welcome to AK, home of the extremes. We made the call to go check it
out, if it was safe than we would ski the south west face. if not we would ski the ridge. Miranda, Sean, new comer Curtis and I took off for the pass at 7. We were the first ones in the parking lot and on the trail at 8:30. We got a little lost but after a little bush waking we found the trail, right in time to get lost in the fog. It was so bad at times that I had to tie a 10 foot green rope on my pole and cast it like a fly rod, this gave us some depth perception. After a while we found the ridge and broke through the fog. It was a beautiful blue bird day and the slopes were painted with 5 inches of fresh. A group of two local gentlemen caught up to us and took over breaking trail. They showed us what was up, by running up the ridge and sendong it down the south west face in a matter of minutes. We took our time to get to the top, take some pictures, and got ready to drop. Looking over a 5 foot cornice onto 2,000 vertical of 40 degree skiing is the coolest but sorta scariest feeling ever, this ain't colorado anymore. I entered where our buddies went and checked how the new snow was bonding to the old layers, it felt and looked pretty solid. I did a few ski cuts and nothing moved so I took the drop. EPIC, I skied half of the face and traversed out onto a spire where I was out of the way , not a safe zone but out of the way. I cleared it for the others and watched my friends send this epic line. We all met at the bottom and we where all in awe. Epic line, epic adventure, couldn't have been any better.
I was able to rally Miranda, Sean, and Bella to get up at 5 and become a weekend warrior. We were able to leave Anchorage by 6 and were at the trailhead at 7:30. We geared up and headed out from the Tincan pull off around 8. It was still pitch black and very foggy. I was very excited to be in a new place bushwhacking up a mountain. For the first 30 minutes we had to kick steps up very difficult terrain. However we were able to get threw the gullies, rivers, marshes, and steep glades. Finally we reached decent snow and we could put the skins on. 30 more minutes in the trees put use right above tree line in time to watch an amazing sunrise. As soon as we got here he found out this was the main spot to ski on the pass, tracks everywhere! This is not colorado snow, lines down steep big bulls that would have easily slid if skied in colorado. Also there where so many tracks i couldn't count how many people had skied up there. Sure enough as soon as we saw all the tracks we heard people hooting and hollering coming up behind us. By the time we had gotten to Tincan proper there was easily 20 people above tree line. 6 inches of fresh, solid snow, two and half hour hike to the top, this is the spot to be! After enjoying a thanksgiving brew and the girls getting the mountain babe shot we geared up and dropped onto the west faces. UNREAL SNOW, 40 degree slope, boot top powder, on a solid bass for 1,000 vertical. After that we had a fun game of fallow the leader down the gladded trees all the way back to the car. We were back at the car at 11:30 and headed back to Anchorage to cook are 23 pound Turkey. All in all alaska backcountry is so much crazier then colorado, it is going to be an EPIC AREA FOR DA BUCKY UP HERE!
Its been a busy month to be a seawolf this month, but all is well. We started the month off by going to colorado for a 10 day ski trip, it was epic. When we were there it snowed three feet! We had some awesome training but some really fun free skiing. Seeing and skiing all the snow in colorado made the team fired up for winter back in AK. Even though it was 40 degrees and raining in Anchorage. So while the lower 48 is cold and snowing we are getting Hawaii's warm wet weather. We came back to AK and the mountains had less snow on them from before we had left . So it was time to put the skis away and get the hiking shoes back out.