Touring the Talkeetnas around Hatcher Pass in the winter sunshine combines ghost town-like historical interest, magnificent vistas, and exquisite skiing. Independence Mine is mostly a ghost town, save the single building still maintained for occupancy, and above Independence is Gold Cord, one of my favorite places.
|Approaching Gold Cord|
Friendship Pass overlooks Gold Cord, Independence and the Hatcher Pass Lodge.
|Upper Reaches of Gold Cord Bowl|
|Approaching Friendship Pass|
Friendship Pass vistas of Denali and the Alaska Range stoke the spirit.
|Friendship Pass, Alaska - Looking North|
|Her nickname is Sunshine.|
|Hillary at High Grade|
We had an adventure skiing home in alpenglow, we found exquisite powder for our last line. Daylight was short, but our experience was full.