Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Telemark Skiing On The Backside Of Douglas Island

Gwenna Corvez performs a classic forward bent knee “telemark” turn on the backside of Douglas Island this past weekend. Unlike alpine skiing equipment, the skis used for telemarking have a binding that only connects the boot to the ski at the toes, just as in cross-country skiing. Gwenna joined Florian and I for an afternoon of glorious powder skiing and fun in the sun. We appreciate Gwenna for being Florian’s K-1 teacher at the Juneau Community Charter School and no less important from a Francophone point of view for the fact that she grew up in France and is fluent in French.

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Monday, March 21st, 2011
Skiing Mount Jumbo

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Mount Jumbo offers a pretty exhilarating ski from 3,500 feet back down to almost sea level. After we had almost touched the bright blue sky, we put on our skis on and headed back down. Above, Noah Jenkins carves a few telemark turns through pristine sparkling diamonds on the broad summit plateau before heading down a steep narrow chute on the north face of the mountain. In the distance is Young Bay and Mansfield Peninsula. To the right, Demian Schane downclimbs to the lip leading into the couloir to dig a snow pit, before Jessie Goodrich skied for the first three turns while still being roped up and on belay. Below, Pat Goodrich skis the lower portion of the bowl on the north face of Mount Jumbo. The mixture of near-champagne powder, gorgeous weather and great company made for a wonderful day in the mountains. We all agreed how lucky we are to have Douglas Island at our doorstep. The island offers some of the most accessible backcountry skiing around Juneau, unlike other less accessible areas, where helicopter support is almost unavoidable.

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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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