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Thin White Line

Thin White Line The Thin White Line is a classic Anchorage ski objective that runs nearly from the summit of Avalanche Peak to Ship Lake below. Although it is approximately eight miles from Glen Alps each way, the couloir is easily accessible by bike--either during spring crust conditions or in early summer when the Powerline Trail melts out.
To access the Thin White Line, simply head out the Powerline trail from Glen Alps. In spring, try to nail crust conditions so you can fat bike up the valley rather than staying on the rutted trail. Ditch bikes around the bottom of the hill that leads up to Powerline pass. In the spring, it can be simpler to skin up and over the low pass that separates Ship Lake from Powerline valley, then boot up the couloir. In early summer, it may be more efficient to continue out the Powerline trail to Powerline pass, then hike along the ridgeline to the top of the couloir. This ridgeline ramble is fairly straightforward if it’s clear of snow, but would be quit…

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