The AK Migration
Each spring, as the snow is melting in the Lower 48, pro skiers seem to disappear from the radar as they migrate north to Alaska, where spring conditions offer big lines and endless exploration. Here, pro skiers Todd Ligare and Griffin Post head to Valdez, Alaska, to film with Teton Gravity Research for their upcoming film.
The Tsania Lodge
The crew was based out of the newly re-built Tsania Lodge on Thompson Pass outside of Valdez. They flew with Valdez Heli Ski Guides.
Todd Ligare enjoys some spring powder in Alaska's Chugach Range.
The AK Way
"Figuring out how to make it work in Alaska is always worth the effort," says Todd Ligare. "It's the best terrain in the world for any skier that wants to push their boundaries."
Mind the Gap
Griffin Post skis out of a line in the Valdez backcountry.
The guides and crew at Valdez Heli Ski Guides meet for their daily gathering to discuss snow conditions, forecasts and more.
What It's About
"Sometimes it's about finding your way down the most twisted spine wall, sometimes it's about figuring out how to get on top of something at all, and other times it's about finding that perfect 3,000-foot wall and just opening it up," says Todd Ligare.
There's just something about Alaska that draws skiers north every year. Maybe it's lines like this one.
The Happy Face
Todd Ligare waiting for the day's heli lift. His facial expression, translated, means, "I'd rather be right here in this moment than anywhere else on the planet."
A Man and his Machine
The crew used helicopters, snowmobiles and manpower to reach the top of their ski descents. Here, Griffin Post goes for a sled ride.