Monday, January 21st, 2013
Beautiful Day For Freestyle Snowboarding In Southeast Alaska

Ingredients for a beautiful day of freestyle snowboarding in Southeast Alaska this past weekend: A talented and intrepid snowboarder, aka Sam Buck of Juneau, performing here a backflip; perfect snow conditions up high on Douglas Island;  the sun, which  made a brief but noticeable appearance;  gorgeous clouds above Stephens Passage and finally the stunning backdrop of snow covered trees on Douglas Island and snow capped mountains on Admiralty Island to frame this amazing experience.

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Monday, February 6th, 2012
A Terrain Park For Eaglecrest?

We are keeping our fingers crossed that Eaglecrest will have a terrain park before the season is over. Sam Buck, showcasing here one of his perfect backflips and probably one of the most accomplished snowboarders on the mountain, is the first who wants to make it a reality. In the meantime, Florian and other kids will keep practicing on natural features. Florian actually participated in his first ski race this weekend. He missed a couple of gates but had fun and did great for a six-year old. Here’s the link to a short video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puDn3EuND3M&feature=youtu.be

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Strange Things Happen Under The Mid-Winter Sun…

‘Strange things happen under the midnight sun’. That’s one of the lines in Robert Service’s famous poem ‘The cremation of Sam McGee’. Well, strange things happening under the mid-winter sun as well! This picture is proof of it. Juneau residents Jarrett Thomas, Sam Buck, and Dylan Wenzlau, from left to right, perform a simultaneous backflip at sunset after taking off a ramp on Douglas Island. I would definitely not recommend this move to any beginners. The backflip is an advanced skiing/snowboarding trick that involves performing a backward somersault. Before trying it out in the snow, I would recommend perfecting it at the pool or on a trampoline.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Skiers And Snowboarder Perform Backflips On Douglas Island

Juneau residents Jarrett Thomas, Sam Buck, and Dylan Wenzlau, from left to right, perform backflips after simultaneously launching off a ramp on Douglas Island this past weekend. What may appear as a crazy stunt rather was the result of years of practice and a high level of trust that the three friends share among each other. According to Jarrett Thomas, 22, “we’ve been hitting jumps since the 6th grade, everyone we ride with feeds off each other to be able to master the tricks they are trying. We all started by going into the back country and building jumps that fit our needs and giving us potential to push ourselves more each day. On days without powder, we’d often hit the terrain park and progress our abilities on rails and hard packed jumps, thus learning how to land and take off backwards, which in powder becomes a difficult task. We do, and have done a lot of filming, giving us drive to push ourselves to learn more difficult tricks and be able to recap on what we did throughout the day. At the end of the day, it’s all about spending time with friends and having a good time. You …

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