AK Our Way

Utah’s Dubsatch Collective launches new website with Alaska movie teaser

Even though Sam Cohen grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, he’d never seen snow fall from the sky quite like he did in Girdwood, Alaska, in January 2012.

“It just snowed so much,” says Cohen. “We got there and there was a huge storm over 48 hours, and then it was just six inches, eight inches, every night. And then it rained for a bit after a week of constant snow. Right after that, though, it got super cold and starting nuking snow again. You could just see the snow build up in piles or on pillows and see all the layers. It didn’t stop.”

After electing to leave the thin snowpack of Utah in early January, Cohen and Dubsatch skier Leo Aherns and filmer/editor Nate Cahoon flew to Alaska for an indefinite period of time to shoot for their new film, which became “AK The Hard Way.”

“There was no work to be done around here,” says Cohen, “and Alaska had the deepest snowpack in the country.” They met up with fellow Dubsatcher and Alaska native Zach Halverson and skied and skinned around Girdwood—specifically, Alyeska and the backcountry off Turnagain Arm. Eventually, they linked up with POWDER Editor-at-Large Derek Taylor for a feature story on Alyeska that appeared in the October 2012 issue.

Their original goal was to camp out at the Arm, but after building an igloo and enduring the deluge of heavy snow, they decided to stick with the amenities in Girdwood. “We didn’t get to ski as many lines off the Arm as planned,” says Cohen, “because it kept storming.”

Regardless, after spending six weeks in Girdwood and a few more weeks in Haines with Dubsatchers Colter Hinchliffe and Aherns, the Dubsatch scored enough footage for their new film, which will be release soon on their new website. Check out the teaser and experience the record-breaking Alaskan winter through the Dubsatch.

Athletes: Leo Ahrens, Colter Hinchliffe, Lexi Dupont
Guide: Reggie Crist
Photographer: Will Wissman
Cinematography: Everyone
Producer / Editing / Motion Graphics: Leo Ahrens
Soundtrack: Black Keys // Work Me – Tweak Bird // Shivers”

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