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article imageViral video: Man skis through Alaskan five-storey building

By Eileen Kersey     Feb 10, 2013 in Odd News
Whittier - Ah Alaska covered in snow, a skier's dream, so why did one young man choose to ski through and out of a five-storey abandoned, haunted building, in Whittier?
Videos uploaded to YouTube go viral for many reasons. Sometimes it is easy to see why, other times it is not. Who can forget 'Charlie bit my finger' and the huge amount of media attention that brief video received.
Timing can be key so why is the 'Five Floors of Fury' video going viral now?
Deadspin writes "Why is there an abandoned, haunted five-story government building in Whittier, Alaska? Oh, hell, who cares? It's snowing."
The ski took place in May 2012. A skier called Logan Imlach, along with another called Matt Wild, set the video up. Vimeo reports that the ski took six days to create and film. The pair took snow from out doors and piled it up throughout the building. The abandoned and reportedly haunted building usually attracts grafitti artists.
The five-storey ski reportedly fulfilled a 'long time goal' for Logan, which was to 'ski a line through the infamous Buckner Building in Whittier, Alaska'.
Logan Imlach was born on April 23, 1987, in Anchorage, Alaska. Passionate about snow sports, and in particular skiing, it is filming which has brought him fame.
Logan pursued the competition scene but his career ended abruptly with the destruction of his right knee. The surgery that followed meant that 'riding park wasn't nearly as appealing' as previously. Instead he explored the back-country and scoured anchorage for 'handrails'.
During his rest and recovery a distant idea for the Buckner building ski came to the fore.
His injury had led to a career decision, as far as skiing went. He began to film things not touched by 'a snow cat'. After two seasons of filming with childhood best friends, Matt Wild and Travis Reid, Logan finally got his big break, winning Level 1 Productions' Superunknown competition, in January 2013.
Wild told Alaska dispatch that setting up the 'ski' was less work than people imagine. Plenty of snow is naturally found in the run-down building.
The video only received minimal attention online until last Thursday. On Friday it received more than 10,000 views. It appears that a friend of Matt tagged him on Facebook with a link to the video. The rest as they say is history.
Alaska Dispatch carried this information regarding the building:
The massive Buckner Building, completed by the U.S. military in 1953, was dubbed "the city under one roof" because in addition to 1,000 apartments, it contained a hospital, bowling alley, theater, gym, swimming pool, and shops for Army personnel. Intended to house most of the city’s population when it was finished, it was abandoned by the military a more than a decade later after sustaining serious damage in 1964's infamous 9.2-magnitude Good Friday earthquake. The majority of the city’s population now resides in the Begich Towers, another large complex.
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