By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 9 years ago January 20, 2015

SERIES: Growing Season - Episode 2

This episode of Growing Season follows Ian Wood on his first trip to Valdez and Haines Alaska. Through trials and tribulations with his Euro comrades he learns what it takes to ride big lines in the dreamlands of freeride snowboarding's final frontier.

He starts by snowmobiling 30 miles out to find the good snow and un-tracked lines of Thompson Pass then heads south and jumps in the heli to ride the classic lines of Haines. The conditions weren't perfect but you can always find the goods in the endless mountain ranges of AK. 

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Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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