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Gallery: Skiing Denali National Park

Explore one of the the most underrated backcountry zones in the world with BACKPACKER and the cast and crew of Warren Miller Entertainment's new film, Face of Winter.


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First light on Denali as seen from our camp in the Don Sheldon Amphetheater.

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A short walk from the Don Sheldon Mountain House leads the team to amazing skiing and breathtaking views.

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Jess McMillan finding the good snow while in the Don Shedlon Amphetheater on the Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park.

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Forrest Jillson walks the fine line of Cameron Ridge before dropping his line back to the glacial valley below.

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A full moon and clear night illuminates camp with Denali in the background.

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The opportunity to travel to this remote landscape and explore these mountains with skis on our feet was an experience of a lifetime. Although the impressions we made on the snowy slopes have long been swept away the memories have been seared in our minds forever. At the very least, I’m sure Forrest Jillson remembers this moment.

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Forrest Jillson and Jess McMillan make thier way to a nearby saddle to peer into the Great Gorge to scout what ski opportunities exist just beyond the bend.

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Melting snow for drinking water was a endless daily chore but Jess Mcmillan knows how to have fun with even the most mundane tasks.

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With clear skies nighttime temperatures were well below freezing, making it tempting to stay in our tents cocooned in our 40 below sleeping bags. But when Denali comes out with a star covered sky, bearing the cold is a small price to pay for that show.

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Jess McMillan looks into the belly of the Great Gorge while ski touring on the Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park.