Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Skiing Cropley Chute – Eaglecrest's Crown Jewel

Cropley Chute is almost like the holy grail of backcountry skiing at Eaglecrest. Snow conditions need to be perfect, as a skier can easily trigger an avalanche when the steep slope is loaded. We hit it just right on the weekend, as the first sun rays were hitting the slope. Here, Noah Jenkins is airborne in the lower part of the chute. Below, Noah, an accomplished telemark skier, carves a nice turn. It definitely was a day and a descent to remember. I can’t imagine what it will be like skiing the chute in champagne powder. We will be back!
Noah took a little video with his cell phone – view the clip here: http://sharing.theflip.com/session/8d9c29b5e6062d7f85bf79f34087b6f6/video/50432281

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Monday, January 10th, 2011
Freedom Of The Hills

Franz Mueter, Noah Jenkins and I left the Eaglecrest parking lot at 6 AM yesterday morning for a pre-dawn climb of Mount Ben Stewart. The goal was to reach the top of the mountain before sunrise, and then ski down the steep Cropley chute. After a couple hours we were at what felt like the top of the world, surrounded by one some of the finest vistas Southeast Alaska has to offer. As we waited for sunrise, Noah enjoyed a few jumps, here with Stephens Passage and Seymour Channel in the background. In the picture below, Frans takes a break near the summit.

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