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Mountainfilm in Telluride a Huge Success
Posted on June 1, 2010

The spirit of adventure was alive and well in Telluride, Colorado, over Memorial Day weekend. The Mountainfilm documentary film festival brought together a couple thousand people to watch films, discuss causes, and enjoy some amazing spring weather in a spectacular setting.

Stoke-o-meter Extremely High as First Ascent Ski Guides Wrap Up Season
Posted on May 26, 2010

It was quite a year for First Ascent ski guides Reggie and Zach Crist, Lel Tone, Tom Wayes, Erik Leidecker and Kent McBride, as they set out to design the 2010 ski collection.

Lexi DuPont’s First Shot at Alaskan Spine Skiing
Posted on April 14, 2010

First Ascent junior ski team member, Lexi DuPont, joined the rest of the team in Haines, Alaska, for a couple bluebird days of spine skiing. Check out her run down Light Meter “the sickest, most epic run of my entire life” says Dupont.

Reggie Crist Downloads – Ski Guiding vs. Freeskiing
Posted on April 12, 2010

The weather finally presents ideal snow conditions, allowing Reggie Crist and the rest of the First Ascent ski guides to log some heli time on the peaks near Haines. Transitioning from ski guide to freeskiing athlete for the day, Reggie descends spines he’s been eyeing for more than a decade.

First Ascent Guide Erik Leidecker Transitions to Alaska
Posted on April 5, 2010

By Erik Leidecker Alaska backcountry pilot, Drake Olson, waits for a lull in the wind and then guns the throttle. His plane, a highly modified Cessna 180 equipped with skis for snow landings, lifts off. circles around and heads back towards the tiny airport in Haines, Alaska.

First Bluebird Day in Haines
Posted on March 31, 2010

By Reggie Crist Following eight days and more than 10 feet of new snow, the skies finally parted for our first “bluebird” day in Haines. The early morning pink light instantly generates enough ambient heat to evaporate the remaining layer of low-lying clouds.

Sacrificing the Big Mountains for Something Even Bigger
Posted on March 30, 2010

By Zach Crist Although we’ve had a few great days of skiing in the last week, we haven’t had much in the way of sunshine to document the magic of Haines the way it deserves.