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Life In The Dream Factory

This past winter Teton Gravity Research filmed heavily in Alaska while creating their upcoming film The Dream Factory. Skiing caught up with Skier Todd Ligare to talk about hiking lines, winter camping, and skiing spines. We also got some exclusive POV screen grabs to show you just how out of hand skiing in Alaska really gets.

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Todd Ligare took a different approach to filming in Alaska this year. He hiked to most of his lines.

Todd Ligare took a different approach to filming in Alaska this year. He hiked to most of his lines. “That was the first time we were hiking up some of the heavy AK spine lines,” says Ligare. “Sometimes the hikes would be the heaviest part of the line, your adrenaline is rolling for at least a couple of hours before you can even drop in.”

The playground that is Alaska is huge.

The playground that is Alaska is huge. “This is the first time you’re like a fly on the wall going up 60 degrees.” Says Ligare.

Ligare and his crew didn't return home to the comforts of civilization every night either. They camped. By using snowmobiles Ligare and crew were…

Ligare and his crew didn’t return home to the comforts of civilization every night either. They camped. By using snowmobiles Ligare and crew were able to travel deep into the backcountry outside of Valdez. “You can get into zones that helicopters can’t fly in,” states Ligare. “All the glaciers are open to sled travel.”

Skiing in Alaska means skiing spines. Lots of them. Looks like Ligare found plenty while he was there.

Skiing in Alaska means skiing spines. Lots of them. Looks like Ligare found plenty while he was there.

Pole-whacking is a technique used for attracting crowds before dropping into a gnarly line. In the Alaska backcountry, miles away from any gawkers,…

Pole-whacking is a technique used for attracting crowds before dropping into a gnarly line. In the Alaska backcountry, miles away from any gawkers, it’s also used to create entry points in order to ski gnarly lines.

It's hard to grasp how steep some of the lines Ligare skied. Here we get a glimpse of just how steep some of the faces really are. Keep your eyes…

It’s hard to grasp how steep some of the lines Ligare skied. Here we get a glimpse of just how steep some of the faces really are. Keep your eyes peeled for more info on filming The Dream Factory.