Keeping The Dream Alive In Valdez, Alaska
By Eric Daft | March 9th, 2012
Teton Gravity Research continues filming for The Dream Factory in Valdez Alaska. After spending over a month here in the middle of winter, we have experienced intsense cold weather and blower powder days. Battling frostbite and chasing light are some of the challenges of filming in Alaska in February. When it's snowing, we use snowmachines to access sick pillow lines next to the harbor. When it goes blue, we either snowmachine, hike, or heli into the alpine.
Erik Roner and Seth Morrison just joined Todd Ligare and the crew for some classic Valdez lines. They arrived at the Robe Lake Lodge as big, fat snow flakes dropped 26 inches overnight. The next day we headed up Thompson Pass to take advantage of a suprise blue hole. The Alaska Backcountry Adventures crew flew us to one of the classics, Mt. Dimond.
The view from the camera angle at the top of Stairway is a special place, one of Doug Coombs' favorite spots in the Chugach, where a memorial for him is placed. The alpenglow in February lasts for hours, and needless to say, we crushed it. Two days later we were back at the Alaska Backcountry Adventures office ready to send it during another glorious blue powder day. Waist deep, cold smoke powder was the order for that day. This winter the Chugach has received record amounts of snow, which has allowed us to ski lines previously unskiable ... a.k.a. first descents. Alaska truly is The Dream Factory, and the place where your dream bar is raised to the next level. A big thanks to Josh and Tab at the Robe Lake Lodge and Howard at Alaska Backcountry Adventures.
Todd Ligare likes his new Atomic skis.
Skiing pillows above Prince Williams Sound.
Twenty six inches of blower pow at sea level.
Valdez is buried in snow this year.
Northern lights above Robe lake Lodge.
Robe Lake Lodge under the moonlight.
Northern lights going off on Thompson Pass.
The moon over Valdez.
Glacier-cold pow everywhere.
Eric Roner goes deep.
Our ABA Guide Badjr gets some blower faceshots.
Claiming possible first descents with ABA.
Todd Ligare takes advantage of the mid-winter light.
Top of Stairway watching the sun go down over the Chugach.
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