Alaska's professional avalanche center is the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, based in Girdwood. The Friends of the CNFAIC pay for most of the Center. To avoid bad avalanche karma, be a member of your local Friends group.
Each fall the FCNFAIC has a fundraiser at the Beartooth Theater. In past years they invited Andrew McLean, Chic Scott, Kris Erickson, and locals Jay Rowe and Luc Mehl. This year the FCNFAIC invited Greg Hill, aka Two Mill Hill, to tell yarns about his adventures on skis. Greg pack the Beartooth. Anchorage's fired-up ski community loved his respect and message about avalanche safety. Thanks for coming up Greg!
But first we had to go skiing. Brian Erickson, Greg and myself on Sunnyside at Turnagain Pass. Greg had only skied on Denali and Foraker, the big hills. He was stoked to Alaska's local ski hills.
Greg track setting in Main Bowl. Greg made a low angle track, but he used his the middle heel lifter. I guess that's one efficiency tip to self-propel yourself up two million vertical feet in one year.
Brian and Greg getting some Sunnyside.
Greg skiing back to the car. He wore jeans under his Gore-tex. Ultra-prepared for his presentation.
Greg with legends of Anchorage skiing: Poacher Dave and Eric the Viking. Jeff Conaway, in the background, will be legendary, once he has 15 more years of skiing under his belt.