(I don't know how to change the date at the top from the publish date. We actually did this in mid-May, and I'm just catching up with updates.)
I first heard of this as a hiking traverse. Then, I heard it was also a ski traverse. With both trip reports saying something to the effect of "worst bushwack ever," convincing folks that it would be fun was the first challenge. Luckily, Alaska is full of people who love a good alder thrashing.