As much of the western United States suffer through a dry early season, December in Alaska saw a series of storms blanket the state in snow…

Chugach Powder Guide Henry Munter documented the last few weeks of 2011 around Girdwood, Alaska giving those of us staring at blue skies and brown hills something to dream about.

1

Ice Rainbow

Tucker Chenoweth beneath an Ice Rainbow. Tucker is the director of the Alaska Avalanche School and Climbing Ranger in the Alaska Range of Denali National Park.

2

Solstice moon

A crescent Moon above high tide on the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet. This is 9:22 AM on the shortest day of the year.

3

Alaskan snowplow

A snowplow on Turnagain Pass. In the last week, Turnagain pass had received almost 6 feet of snow.

4

Ingram Creek Forest

Climbing through the Ingram Creek Forest.

5

Skier and the Forest

A skier about to drop into Ingram Creek Forest.

6

CPG employee benefits

This year at Chugach Powder Guides we had a preseason employee day in the Snowcat Area. This is Office Manager, Guide, and Mom, Melanee Stiassny.

7

Sun Dog

Brad Cosgrove, Neil Waggonner, and Travis Tollephson hit the early sun, and a “Sun Dog” in Turnagain Pass.

8

Couloir climb

Brad and Neil Ascending an 1150 step, 45 degree couloir.

9

Tincan Ridge

Brad Cosgrove climbing along the Tincan Ridge. On December 31st, this is the midday sun.

10

New years eve

Brad Cosgrove on the second-to-last run of the year.

11

"Alaska loves me"

Travis Tollephson, visiting from Montana. After this run, Travis says, "Alaska loves me."

12

my line

Self Portrait

13

New Years Day

New Years Day, about 3:30 pm.

14

Alaskan dusk

Lindsey Tollephson and Kelly Rinck, about to get out headlamps.

15

Winter in Alaska...

One last shot of Travis in the Library