By Zach Crist
No ski season would be complete for First Ascent guides and brothers Reggie and Zach Crist without a trip up north to Alaska. Follow the Born Out There Blog over the coming weeks as the Crists and the rest of the First Ascent crew share what it’s like to test gear in some of the world’s most epic conditions.
And so begins the annual pilgrimage to Alaska. The coastal mountains of our northernmost state have become holy ground amongst those who love to ski—especially for those who appreciate lying tracks in wild and scenic places. Reggie and I started coming to Alaska in the mid ’90s and we somehow return every spring to explore (what must be) one of the most spectacular places on earth.
We arrive in Juneau in time to catch the morning ferry up the Lynn Canal to Haines. The latest in a series of storms has given way to mostly cloudy skies with golden rays of sunlight filtering through, shimmering off the ocean waters. Parting clouds began to reveal enormous snow-lathered peaks rising straight from the water’s edge—an inspiring preview of the skiing ahead of us. Once again, we’ve been reminded of why we make the journey north each year to the land of wow!
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