After spending almost two weeks on Haines Summit we decided it would be best to move on and head to Thompson Pass just outside Valdez, AK where a handful of our good friends had flown in and were giving us reports of great snow conditions. Ben Girardi stayed in Haines to shoot photos with another group of snowboarders but Aaron Dodds was ready to link in with us when we arrived at Tailgate Alaska.

Mike Hood, Brady Farr, Kalen Bamford and Nick Decicco joined us for the duration of our time in Alaska and we spent over two weeks exploring new zones and visiting old favorites. The snow for the most part was perfect until the end when it began to get warm and the rain level was higher than we'd ever seen it. After seeing some very large natural wet slides we decided it might be best to call it a winter and head south for some surfing.

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Down days in Alaska while we wait to ride.

 

 

 

 

 

Timelapse of Northern Lights

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram has become not only a way to share photos but a way to meet like minded people doing similar things in life. We follow a lot of other people on Instagram that have or are converting school buses into Tiny Homes. One particular person (@theabominableheidimonster), Heidi Miller had hit us up with a few questions on how we set our Kni-Co wood stove up inside the bus. Brock was heading to Park City, UT in the bus and decided to make a short stop in Moab, UT where Heidi lived to shoot a quick interview. Well, life on the road always has its surprises and after blowing a tire just outside Moab he ended up spending four days helping Heidi with her bus, paddle boarding, biking and a little rock climbing before getting ready to link back in with the rest of the crew.

Once the bus was loaded, Ben Girardi a photographer from SLC, Austin Gibney and Colin Spencer joined the Bus Life Adventure crew to seek out snow in Alaska. It was an interesting drive to say the least and the weather in Alaska proved to be a challenge for finding blue days to film and ride big lines.

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We got a call from our team manager at Never Summer that he and a handful of other team riders were going to be at Sheepshead Cabin for the next handful of days and invited us to join. It was back the way we came from, Wolf Creek Pass, but that's the beauty of the bus. We can go anywhere at anytime with a drop of the hat.

The terrain at Sheepshead proved to be tricky and we only spent a few days there before we decided that Alaska might be the best call being that snow was melting quick and it was only the beginning of March. Cub and Brian took the truck and went back to Denver for jury duty while Brock made the solo trek to Utah to prepare for the drive to AK. On his way home a major problem with the bus brought him to a halt and stranded in Moab for four days.

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With the avalanche conditions on Wolf Creek Pass at an all time high due to the heavy amount of snowfall and high winds, we decided to make our way to Silverton, CO where snow was said to be a bit more stable and had more to offer in terms of safe zones if the conditions didn't permit us to get on anything steep. When we arrived we scouted out a hut called "The Respect Hut" which was tucked away in a high bowl of the Silverton backcountry. With stunning views of the giant peaks we decided to stay in the hut and ride the safer terrain around the area. We were seeing natural, big avalanches on anything steep so we decided to avoid that type of terrain. Sam King and Austin Shelton joined us for the adventure.

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