This is my favorite shot from several memorable days of aurora activity at Tour Camp this season. This photo catches Warren Miller Ent. cinematographer Tom Day, along with assistant Niel Kasper, descending back to camp after Tom set up an all night time lapse to catch the northern lights that evening. The aurora display is cool enough, but photographer We-Slay Stomp-Son catching their headlamp trails as they skied down makes this one a keeper.
The following four shots were taken by Tour Camp master Jeff Dostie. This thick blaze of green started as a thin banner, but quickly grew in width and size. At first everyone in camp was excited to see how long the banner had grown. By this stage, we were all as quiet as can be, mesmerized by what had unfolded before our eyes.
I love this shot because it shows off a little more of the color palate we experienced last week at Tour Camp. Bright whites and greens are always cool, but on this evening we saw reds, pinks and purples. The dancing glow was as cool of a light show as any of us had ever seen at camp.
This one is a little hazy, but the perspective it offers catches our man We-Slay Stomp-Son as he emerged from his tent, only to come out and see the northern lights going off. I love how your eye goes from the lights, to the peak, tent, skis and finally We-Slay.
One last thick banner brought us all to bed that night. After five years of camping in the Chugach of Alaska it was incredible to see the northern lights go off for several days on end. Personally, I had seen this happen in Girdwood and Haines, but never like this in Cordova, especially at camp. Hopefully it’s a sign of more good days to come as I can’t think of a better way to end an epic backcountry skiing day in Alaska than watching the aurora go off before bed.
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