March 30, 2010

DAY 12: Tincan Mtn -Todd's Run

This was one of trips highlights.  The Tincan formation is very long ridge system ending at its summit.  The ridge system offers countless skiing opportunities, one could spend a full season touring on Tincan itself.  Todd's Run as called by the locals was named after Todd who was killed on the line as the entire bowl ripped out.  When conditions are right this is many's favorite line on Tincan.  I can see why, after 2500 vertical feet and 1 mile of perfect turns I was calling it the best run of my life.  Hmmm thinking back...there is a pattern in AK...every run seems to get the "now that was the best run of my life"  designation.  
9 hours, 8.5 miles and 3 amazing lines later
Looking back towards the Turnagain arm and the Breathtaking Chugach Mtns



Tincan Mtn Proper

Sun Balls

Snow Angels (aka Anson)

our tracks from run 1 - "The elevator shaft" on Sunburst Peak, and Pastoral Peak in far background

Exposure - nearing Todd's Run

Pastoral Pk the highpoint on the right, was DAY 1's tour


Todd's Run topout on left,  Kickstep Pk in background
Todd's Run

Todd's Run on left, skinned back up for one last run before sunset on right