may not be the best word to describe the Northern tip of Southeast Alaska. Its a place where pacific ocean spawns that slam into the highest coastal mountains on earth. Since time immemorial, this land has had a powerful impact on people. At the turn of the 19th century, mountaineers began to tackle the highest peaks along the coast. Today, Haines is recognized as a Mecca, where skiers and boarders flock to the snow covered peaks by foot, boat, snowmachine, fixed wing and chopper. Local heli-ski SEABA and Alaska Heliskiing whisk skiers from the valley bottoms to the spine covered peaks of their dreams within minutes. Fixed wing pilots Fly Drake and Mountain Flying Service drop adventurous groups on remote tidewater glaciers. Competitions such as the 2016 Freeride World Tour draw the most extreme skiers on the planet to our challenging slopes. A solid group of local and visiting backcountry skiers enjoy quality turns year round in the upper Lynn Canal. Its a place where people of all stripes congregate to pay homage to the mountains.