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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.

Southern Utah First Descent Playground for Lexi duPont
Posted on February 22, 2010

By Reggie Crist I recently took a trip to Southern Utah to ski terrain that hasn’t seen this much snow in upwards of 30 years. A giant amphitheater of towering red rocks above 10,000 ft., the conditions provided a great adventure through untouched lands.

First Ascent Ski Guides Join K2 shoot at Monarch
Posted on February 11, 2010

First Ascent ski guides, Reggie and Zach Crist, design and test gear from head to foot working with both Eddie Bauer and Northwest ski company K2. This past week, they spent a few days skiing powder in Monarch, Colorado to capture photography in support of the 2011 K2 ski line.

First Ascent’s Lynsey Dyer Named Best Female Skier at 2010 Powder Video Awards
Posted on February 10, 2010

We are excited to welcome competitive extreme skier, and movie and television skier, Lynsey Dyer, to our Eddie Bauer/First Ascent family! We’d also like to congratulate her on her recognition as Best Female Skier at the 2010 Powder Video Awards hosted by Powder magazine.