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See Why Backcountry Ice Skating Is the Ultimate Winter Adventure

Race across lakes, glacial lagoons, and ice caves in this backcountry skating adventure. Like a frozen fantasy, the skaters glide through the untouched wilderness of Alaska’s most stunning landscapes: Kenai Lake, the Portage Lagoons, Turnagain Arm, Wasilla Lake, Sheridan Glacier, Byron Glacier, and Portage Glacier.

Joined by Nordic bladers, hockey players, and figure skaters, Paxson Woelber and Cale Green filmed this piece over the course of two Alaskan winters. Learn more about the film and the safety precautions that were taken here.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.