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Canada's Grandest Traverse

The Bugaboos-to-Rogers traverse, pioneered by Briggs and Co. in 1958, is a serious undertaking in the best conditions. And high ambition is no match for bad weather.

Chilling at Camp 1. This shot was taken around 11 p.m. in Greenland’s “perpetual afterglow,” Long says. “This was a pretty regular evening in our hangout tent.”

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Nothings binds people better than two weeks together in a tent in Greenland.

The down time worked, and we headed off in generally good spirits toward our final objective. We made our advanced base camp at snow line, in the midst of what might vary well be the best trundling zone in the world. Although we couldn’t muster the energy to hike any further, we easily found enough energy to roll massive rocks for a solid hour before going to bed. Our final ski day lacked the trepidation of the other ski days—there wasn’t a sense of urgency and we made a couple of laps on generally mellow slopes. It had the feeling of a fun spring day at a podunk resort rather than another day on a month long odyssey. As we headed back down to the rafts, the skiing behind us, I was overcome with a sense of relief. The trip wasn’t done by any means, but I felt the hardest, most dangerous part of the trip was behind us.

Dream Trips: Alaska

What's your dream ski trip? Griffin Post, Drew Stoecklein, Todd Ligare, and Lars Chickering-Ayers attempt to ski and raft from a river's source to the sea in Alaska's Brooks Range.

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Heli-Skiing in the Tordrillo Mountains

With 1.2 million acres of terrain and a vertical of 5,500 feet per run, the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is hard to beat. And kings and corn summer sessions will make any skier wish they were there.

This is a view of a region called the Iguana Backs. Valdez Heli-Ski Guides can you to this terrain, to ski 1,500-foot-long couloirs of creamy Chugach powder. I'm currently spending two weeks parked in an RV at Valdez Heli-Ski Guides with two of the best telemark skiers in the country—Paul Kimbrough and Jake Sakson, who recently first and second, respectively, in the Telemark Freeskiing World Championships, which was held at Alyeska, Alaska, last weekend. Also with us is in the RV is Jonah Howell, who is filming footage for Powderwhore Productions, a telemark-specific ski movie. During downtime in the RV, I asked Paul and Jake for some pointers on skiing steep terrain on telemark gear. Find out their tips and check out photos from our trip in the next few slides.

Valdez, Alaska

In 1993, ski legend Doug Coombs opened Alaska's first heli-ski operation in Valdez. Skiing Magazine's Megan Michelson is currently spending two weeks in an RV parked at Valdez Heli Ski Guides with two of the best telemark skiers in the country. Here are photos from their trip—along with pointers on how to ski Alaskan-style steeps.