Retired business executive Jeffery S. Fraser and his wife are proud to have purchased and restored the historic Tsaina Lodge near Valdez, Alaska. Over a history that began in the 1940s, the lodge has served as a base for numerous anglers, skiers, and lovers of extreme winter sports. Jeffery Fraser himself is a dedicated sportsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, and snowboarding.
Tsaina Lodge is located in an avalanche-safe portion of Thompson Pass, the snowiest place in Alaska. The pass serves large numbers of sports enthusiasts as a gateway into the spectacular natural beauty of the Chugach Mountains, whose peaks can rise more than 11,000 feet. The tallest peak in the range is Mount Marcus Baker at more than 13,000 feet. Many mountains in the range, even those at 7,000 feet, remain unclimbed.
The Chugach range lies entirely within the borders of Alaska and takes its name from one of the region’s native Alaskan tribes. The terrain is covered with alpine lakes, glaciers, and swift-running rivers rich in salmon. Hunters will find blacktail deer and black bear.
Visitors to the Chugach Mountains can also enjoy the newly popular sport of heli skiing, which uses helicopters instead of ski lifts to take skiers to the tops of mountains. Other popular activities throughout the 300-mile stretch of the Chugach include rock- and ice-climbing, mountaineering, and panning for gold.
Jeffery Scott Fraser started NIC Inc. as a consortium to help companies get business from the government through convenient applications. Now retired after 18 years as CEO of NIC, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys paragliding.
A harness connects you to your glider. When you hit a hard landing after a bad launch, your harness is your back’s last line of defense. There are two options when considering protective gear: airbags or foam.
Many harnesses have one or two airbags fitted inside them. These weigh less than foam and are less bulky, making them a good option for long uphill climbs. Previously, airbags had trouble inflating fully before impact. However, with technological advancements, airbags are made to inflate automatically once ejected from the bag.
Foam, on the other hand, is the more effective back protector during side landings. Foam protectors are made from heavier material, offering superior protection and impact dampening. Additionally, many foam protectors are zipped into the harness, ensuring protection from damage.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.