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Just wondering if any Alaskans know how the riding is around Cantwell(?), Valdez, or Hatcher Pass? I know the state has got some decent snow the last couple days and was wondering how the areas did.
 

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I don’t know about Valdez, or Cantwell, but if you’re willing to make the run from Fairbanks to Hatchers Pass, you could try the Talkeetna area. They should have lots of snow with this last dump.

You could try calling the Summit Lake Lodge by Cantwill, and see what they say. That area is has some good ridding if your into seeing who can get the highest, and you can run along the Pipeline.


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A Cantwell run and a run to Hatcher Pass are a little different, one is 3 hours the other is 6 hours!! Anyway FYI, Summit Mountain has got a lot of snow right now. I checked the webcam and at the lake they got three feet, so up top they probely got around eight feet. Thought you might want to know that, me and some friends are going to Summit on thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Kenia mountains getting hammered
2-3' on new snow today 6-10" additional forcast for each of the next 2 days.
With the cold weather we have been having you should be careful & look for signs of Avalanches. But wahoo 4-5' of fresh snow by the weekend. Can't decide if I want to drive to Seward or stop at Turnagain.

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How was it? I didn’t get to go last weekend, too much going on in town.


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It was ok, I think the guys at the Summit Lake Lodge are piling snow up in front of the web cam cause it didn't look that much like the web cam up there. A buddy of mine did find a creek bed and a bunch of rocks on his moutain max, luckly he only had a bent trailing arm and a crack in the cowling! Anyway I would wait till you can't see anything but white (no bushes) on the web cam, if you don't know the address it's: www.summit-connection.com.
Well I hope you guys got some good riding there and happy trails to you!!

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Did you get to go ridding last week? If so where did you go?
I like ridding around the Y going to Seward but I don’t like Turnagain Pass. There are too many riders that have no idea about avalanche safety. I lost a friend a couple of years ago up there and have seen people set off slides hi-marking. I can tell you that it is no fun digging frozen people out. If you do go ridding at Turnagain please make sure that you have all the gear, peep, probe, shovel and know how to use them. A $300 dollar investment could save your life or a friend’s. Sorry if I’m preaching a bit but I just hate to see people die that way. This is true a Summit Lake also, I went up there a couple of times to watch some of friends race in the Artic Man, and the people that we were with that have cabins there have hi-marking on the brain.


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In Alaska,
Went to Turnagain on Saturday second truck in the lot. Not to worry about avalanches on saturday though it was bottomless could climb much of anything.
I require the guys I ride with to have the required equipment to find some one buried in the snow. I even took the 1 day in the field avalanche course taught by Doug Fessler. Good class. A beacon is good to have but the most important tool you take with you to the mountain is your brain!

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I'm glad to see that your one of the smart ones. I am trying to get some of my familey into a class. Do you know when the next one is?

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The Alaska Mountain Safety Center is who puts them on.
Ph 345-3566 Jill Fredston or Doug Fessler are the people you need to talk to.
Or contact the State association asac.org and you should be able to get the info from them as well.

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I've had avalanche classes at work because we work in avalanche areas at times on the pipeline. Was a really good, and fun class to take. A couple of my friends got each other beacons for Christmas. I'm getting one too. They may seem expensive, but it's a small price to pay for your life.

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Thanks for the info. I’m going to get my dad and cousins into the class.

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