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Matador Ambassador / champion freeskier Drew Tabke and crew get unreal backcountry access in Alaska.

IN LATE APRIL I went to Alaska with two of my good friends from Chile — Chopo Diaz and Claudio Vicuña. Our plan was to be dropped off by a ski plane on a glacier near Glacier Bay National Park.

Once on the glacier we’d make camp and backcountry ski for about 10 days. It was the best of both worlds: mechanized assistance to get us to an incredible mountain environment, and the isolation, freedom of choice, and independence offered by camping and ski touring.

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About The Author

Drew Tabke

Drew skis twelve months a year and still wants more. He spends winters pursuing the Freeride and Freeskiing World Tours (overall champion in 2011; 2nd overall in 2012), ski mountaineering from his Seattle, WA home in the springtime, summers skiing and guiding in Chile, and by late fall the snow is typically flying again in Washington's Cascade Mountains. He designs the Praxis skis that he rides and has been a North Face athlete for seven years.

  • Reggiecrist

    looks likwe u guys had fun out there!

  • Hostalandespucon


  • Hostalandespucon

    bueena !

  • Kat Carney

    Awesome! I spent four months in Alaska in 2009, this makes me want to go back and spend a whole year there. Nice work.

  • Uttoran Sen

    Amazing pictures, and here in the hot sunny days of summer, i can still feel the chill in those mountains.

  • Carlo Alcos

    GoPro on the tail of the plane. Sick.

  • Vanefds

    Hi, how do I plan a trip like this?

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