Wildsnow Spring Break!

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 21, 2013      

I’m headed to Cabo, wooooo!

Just kidding.

Like any-self respecting skier, a dream spring break doesn’t involve beaches and condos, but mountains and powder. As the result of long-time dream come true, I’m lucky enough to be heading up to Haines, Alaska, for two weeks. As of writing this post, my last final ended hours ago, and since then I’ve been frantically packing.

Everything that I'm taking. It all fits into three 50 lb bags, believe it or not. I'll be testing and reviewing quite a bit of gear up there as well. Highlights include Mountain Equipment clothing, Dynafit Huascaran skis, a K2 Shovel + Axe, Petzl Sum'tec. Also not pictured are Black Diamond tents, and Billy Goat Technologies Ascent Plates.

I’ve finally crammed everything into a few bags, and I think I’m somewhat ready to go. We will be arriving in Haines on Friday morning, and then flying with Fly Drake to a basecamp where we will of course ski! Right now, there is a beautiful weather window, although it is looking like it might close by the time we roll into town.

I’m lugging a bunch of blogging gear up there (the boxes in the upper right of the above photo), and will be filing posts from the glacier. Oddly enough, this is also a cross-cultural ambassadorial mission. Joining me are 3 mono plankers, Tyler Wilkes, Jonathan Cooper, and Russel Cunningham.

Tyler did a similar trip last year, and snapped this photo. Stuff dreams are made out of.

Needless to say, I’m excited. I’ll do my best to keep sending out regular updates. Hopefully we find good conditions!



8 Responses to “Wildsnow Spring Break!”

  1. Matt Kinney March 21st, 2013 9:13 am

    Welcome back to Alaska!

  2. Rachel Bellamy March 21st, 2013 11:47 am

    Have fun out there and stay safe Louie! I’m looking forward to tracking the adventures. Get in a couple of turns for me too! I miss that white stuff.

  3. David B March 21st, 2013 4:09 pm

    Hey Louie, Stephan Drake from DPS and some of our team are up there at the moment with a swag of our Spoon skis.
    If you run into them say hello and they’ll probably give you a pair of Spoons to try.

  4. Frank K March 21st, 2013 6:04 pm

    Stoked you’re checking out the Billy Goat Ascent Plates. When conditions are right, they’re an incredible tool to have. Have fun!

  5. Lisa Dawson March 22nd, 2013 8:45 am

    A fitting reward for all your hard work at school. Congratulations again for becoming the 2013 Industrial Design student of the junior year for Western Washington University. We are so proud of you!

  6. Rob Mullins March 22nd, 2013 8:59 am

    Congratulations on your academic achievement Louie!

  7. mtsplitski March 22nd, 2013 10:35 am

    “Cross cultural”- awesome!

  8. Amy March 23rd, 2013 1:54 pm

    you are going to have SOOOOOOOOOOO much fun. tell tyler hello for me!

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