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Searching for the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Part II
Posted on May 14, 2010

The knife-edge ridge leading to the summit of Rainbow Peak arcs into the sky overlooking the brilliant blue ocean and the small town of Haines, Alaska. My ski partner, Sunny, pulls out his rope and feeds it through an anchor system called a ‘dead-man’ as I prepare to walk the fine line to the top.

First Ascent Guide Tom Wayes Gets His Ultimate Day in Haines, AK
Posted on May 2, 2010

By Tom Wayes Throughout my guiding career, I have been on a quest for the ultimate day—whether it’s with friends on a personal trip or with clients. As a guide, you are trying to balance taking people where you want to go and where they should go


Erik Leidecker Enjoys the Other Side of the Camera
Posted on April 18, 2010

By Erik Leidecker Throughout my heli-ski guiding career, I’ve had a few opportunities to work with film, video and still photography production teams. My responsibilities usually include snow stability evaluation, assistance in run selection and emergency back-up.

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.

Down Time in Alaska No Worries for First Ascent Ski Team
Posted on April 13, 2010

What does the First Ascent ski guide team do when the heli’s grounded in Alaska? They hit the icy waters and the sleds for a different kind of adventure.


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.