First turns of the season

This weekend Ray Mariani, Amber Johnson, Maeve Nevins, Michelle and I headed over to a secret stash near Hope, AK. The Chugach received a few good snow storms a couple of weeks ago and then clear skies and cold temps moved in and have not left. This has provided for 1-3 inches of surface hoar just about everywhere and at all elevations. We ended up climbing almost to the top of one of the prominent peaks in the area and skiing this really quite visually ascetic, 1000ft, diagonal couloir. Wind and possibly a previous rain event made for a quite firm surface as well as a no-fall, slide-for-life situation over its entire length. Oh, and it was Michelle and I’s first turns of the season!






Here is a short vid of the outing:

121027_First Turns from Teton FreeRide on Vimeo.

Gear Highlights:

The Marker Tour F12 is not just another traditional alpine touring binding. The Marker AFD system and pivot plate allows the use of typical alpine boots as well as vibrum soled AT boots, providing for more options and a dynamic quiver. This touring binding has held strong through a variety of big mountain and ski mountaineering adventures!

The Marmot Up Track Jacket is the approach jacket for me. The breathability, wind protection and Angel-Wing softshell material provide comfort and movement when your out working up a sweat in the elements.

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    Teton FreeRide is a content based blog founded and operated by Mike "Mikey" Leake. Mikey has lived in the Teton Valley region of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming most of my life. He has also had the opportunity to live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, and now, Alaska too!

    After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour on-and-off for 10 years Mikey has transitioned to judging various events and become an advisory board member with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Over the past 13 years he has worked in the ski industry through skiing as an athlete, coach, guide, ski patrol, event coordinator, event judge, marketing consultant, team manager, videographer, and as an associate producer. Mikey has a true passion for the outdoor industry and tries to be involved in every aspect possible.