Tailgate Alaska 2012
Welcome to Alaska
The sun illuminates all the possibilities for descents in the Valley of the Tusks, just outside of Valdez, Alaska. This is the dream, and Tailgate AK enables many riders to heed its call.
The entrance to the urban and muddy sprawl of Tailgate Ak.
Alaska Snowboard Guides shave with their boards and are committed to bagging juicy powder stashes. It pays to have powder killers on your side.
Sammy Luebke and Mark Carter get into some good old fashion axe throwing on an AK down day.
Snow Cave Livin'
A splitboard, a snow cave, a dog, and sunshine. This happy Tailgater can't be too far away.
Mike Basich can't get enough of the Chugach Mountains. He's even got them screen printed on his pop up camper.
Tailgate offers everything, even discount dry cleaning services.
Travis White of Alaska Snowboard Guides gives the affirmative for taking off to deliver some happy campers on top of a nearby peak for another round of epic heli turns.
Not wasting any time, Rob Kingwill drops down from the heli and charges into his first turn.
Contestants look up at the venue where they will throw down two solid runs for a chance to win $10,000 in the World Freeride Championships.
Mikey Marohn blasts a lien air and lands himself in the finals.
Wish It Was Sunny
Brandon Reid and Scotty Lago discuss their lines as they head into the finals.
Sammy Luebke points it for a clean and stylish final line. His run could have made it into a snowboard video part. Here in this contest it netted him second place.
Brandon Reid ran his final line like a bat out of hell -- high speed, stomping everything. At the end of the day a jury of his peers awarded him first place.
The late, great Aaron Robinson's mom Pam came to AK to serve as the Tailgate camp cook, and spread her son's ashes in the company of friends.
The view of Tailgate from the heli as the sun sets on yet another perfect day of riding in Valdez, Alaska.