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Hiking 20 miles to ski Olympic National Park, from "Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks"

Skiing in national parks, let alone Washington’s Olympic National Park, requires commitment and comfort with suffering. It is masochistic suffering to ski one of the most memorable descents of your life after you’ve hiked 18 miles through a rainforest so green and lush and full of the biggest trees and ferns you’ll wish your middle name was Mossy or Lichen. That’s what you get when you mission out to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to ski in Olympic National Park.

From the multimedia digital feature Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks, presented by REI Co-Op, we bring you the above video edit from Olympic that lives within the story. Therein, you’ll find words from POWDER Senior Correspondent Kade Krichko, photographs courtesy of Scott Rinckenberger, and video shot by KGB Productions and edited by Hennie Van Jaarsveld of POWDER Productions. Skiers on the Olympic trip include Greg Hill, Kalen Thorien, and Colter Hinchliffe.

Be sure to check out the feature-length film “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks”, premiering October 20 in Denver, CO, followed by a nationwide tour. Additionally, POWDER produced a 142-page hardcover book of the project, filled with stunning images and intimate personal essays. Go here for film, book, tour, and ticket information.