Where Alaska, BC and the Yukon Meet: Tsirku - Ski Mag

Where Alaska, BC and the Yukon Meet: Tsirku

The North Face and Sherpa Cinema's present a three-part big-mountain series, Tsirku.
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An inspiring adventure, Tsirku is a three-part big mountain series featuring snowboarder Ralph Backstrom and skiers Hadley Hammer and Sam Anthamatten.


The three North Face athletes set out into the Saint Elias mountains somewhere amidst Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon in hopes of skiing Corrugated. "A face that looks more like a painting. Corrugated, was keeping me nervous and at the same time really excited," Sam Anthamatten commented on the expedition. "You're searching and exploring for these things that haven't been done. Corrugated is one of the hardest place to get in the world, only a couple people have done it."

This three-part series shows the work and dedication it takes for athletes to embark on such adventures. From research on remote peaks to actually getting there, it doesn't seem like an easy task. Through patience and good partners the team of three make their way on to a short list of individuals to successfully drop in to Corrugated.


EPISODE 1: No Man's Land

EPISODE 2: The Drop

EPISODE 3: Corrugated


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Inside Line: Revelstoke, BC

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