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Features, stories, and reported articles written by Julie Brown.

Posts tagged Skiing
Wonderland

But I did not come to Alaska to go heli skiing. Nor to eat Alaskan king crab legs in a mountain lodge. I came here to find the real Alaska: isolated, cold, weird, enormous, and, caked with snow, land both extracted for wealth and preserved for enjoyment. People come to the 49th state to chase a dream or run away from something. I fell in with the latter—running from a cubicle in an office park. Alaska became my mantra. I fantasized about the wild beauty and rawness of the state. I dreamed of a chunk of land so big, with so few people, you could slip away into solitude. To find it, I would ride a slow double chair with the locals at Arctic Valley. I would hike for lines with an Anchorage backcountry skier. And I would follow a determined mad man into a white cloud at the top of Thompson Pass in Valdez. Photographer Robin O’Neill and filmer Hennie van Jaarsveld joined me. Barnhill, who grew up in Anchorage, took the wheel. 

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The Centennial Skiers

If Chris Davenport invites you to come along on one of his projects, you say yes. That’s what Seattle-based photographer Scott Rinckenberger did. The two ran into each other in Aspen in February and started talking about Davenport’s latest project—to ski the 100 highest mountains in Colorado, called the Centennial Peaks, with Ted and Christy Mahon.

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Two Junior Freeskiing Tours

The Tahoe Junior Freeride Series started about five years ago as a friendly competition between the Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley freeskiing teams. There were 10 boys and five girls in its first events. Those days are long gone. Young athletes are flocking to big mountain freeskiing programs, and the demand for junior competitions has increased exponentially. DesLauriers said his Squaw Valley big mountain team has doubled its numbers of kids more than twice in the last five years.

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