For most of us, ice skating is something you do in a circle surrounded by similarly uncoordinated adults, kids, and teens on their first (and probably miserable) date. The view tends to be of the inside of a shopping mall and a pungent scent of Cinnabon and overly-buttered caramel corn hangs in the air.

But folks up north have access to something much better. “Wild Ice” is a video by Paxson Woelber that shows Alaskans skating across frozen lakes, lagoons, glaciers and even through ice caves. It is profoundly epic, and it really makes me wonder if moving to Alaska is the best idea I’ve had all winter.


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