Alaska: Ski Touring on the Northern Frontier
A proposition for ski touring in the most incredible ski land in the world with mountains as far as the eye can see and immaculate nature of the far North all around.
A-L-A-S-K-A, Just hearing the name can make adrenaline flow and mouths go dry. Crazy steep descents and extreme landscapes come to mind, but this perception may be due to the countless heliski videos featuring Alaska. In reality, the territory is a real playground for the average ski touring fanatic.
The immense terrain allows for a huge variety of descents, from the classics to the laid-back, to the steep couloirs and spines you’d only have dreamt of.
When? The idea for this trip is to do a 14 day nomad-style voyage in March-April 2019, leaving on the Thursday and coming back the next Wednesday. This period is ideal specifically for the snow conditions because before mid-March, avalanche risk is higher due to air temperature, but after mid-April the snow becomes wetter. We aim to ski in the window of potentially perfect conditions.
Why two weeks? Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore the zones of Anchorage and Valdez, most often using seal skins to climb the remote areas of the beautiful Alaskan mountains. The weather conditions and downdays are part of the adventure that is skiing in Alaska. With a bit of luck and adaptation, we will be able to create the best daily itineraries possible and find the best conditions around.
With who? You will live this incredible adventure with the accompaniment of Matteo Calcamuggi, an official UIAGM Mountain Guide and ski/telemark instructor with over a decade of experience, who will always be accessible and available during the trip for advice, corrections and ski tips both in ascent and descent to facilitate technical improvements on skis, all with the goal of maximizing your enjoyment.
Importance of Safety: During the trip, there will be discussions and explanations on how to choose and plan an itinerary for following days, how to recognize and avoid risks and danger, how to use a transceiver along with the shovel and the probe in avalanche safety, how to use an airbag and other safety tools and precautions you may not know already regarding winter landscapes and sports. These discussions will make for an even more unique and interesting journey.
Like taking photos? Great! Your guide is also passionate about DSLR photography and has some valuable tricks up his sleeve on improving photography skills in winter terrain as well.
Why Alaska? Alaska and its Chugach Mountains are a skiers paradise. The never-ending mountains reach past the horizon and the harsh but incredible nature surrounds and amazes anyone lucky enough to experience it. This combination is the basis of a must-do voyage and we want to help you live the dream.
Transportation: We will be using a motorhome for the duration of the voyage. This style of trip was thought of during our last trip to Alaska and was found to be the most effective for flexibility in programming based on weather and snow conditions and road closures due to frequent and heavy snowfall. Helicopters for heliskiing are also a possibility if requested. We could potentially get dropped off on glaciers or do a multi-day proper expedition.
Need More Convincing? 8 Reasons to pack your bags and come along
- Our program is structured for the optimization of both the ski and trip experience for each and every participant. The program involves moving around and finding the best conditions of the snow and weather.
- Alongside, you will have a legitimate professional of all things mountainous and snowy with over ten years of experience who will know when and how to give suggestions, advice and help in various situations.
- We have the knowledge of the places you will be exploring thanks to our past experience there, and knowledge of how to get the most out of the snow and weather conditions.
- We know what skiers need and want, whether in ski touring or freeride. The best lines come with experience and know-how.
- This trip is not a fruit of improvisation; it is the fruit of years of development and dedication.
- We know how to guarantee a fun and exciting trip, not only involving skis but also culture and nature.
- Our objective is to go above and beyond for the people who decide to share this adventure with us.
- This tour is not like anything else. Our offer is really based on the inspiration we got from being in these mountains and we would be very pleased to share the amazing experience with you.
Departure: Group 1 leaves March 23 and returns April 7. Group 2 leaves April 6 and returns April 21 . The guide, being Italian, leaves from Italy. Flights can be booked separately from anywhere as long as the arrival day in Alaska corresponds to that of the guide, essentially.
Difficulty: A good level of skiing is required to participate and a good physical condition as there will be a lot of hiking as well as descents. Telemarkers and splitboarders with good capabilities are also welcome.
Climbs: Each excursion involves a vertical ascent of 750 to 1500 meters.
Accomodation: Travel, sleeping and cooking in the motorhome we will be renting. This choice is optimal because of its flexibility in reaching the best weather and snow conditions daily, keeps costs at a minimum and makes a total group experience. A good attitude and adaptability to sharing space and food are required for the enjoyment of every participant.
Cost* for a minimum of 4 people: 2250 euros per person PLUS the flight. The trip was planned in collaboration with the travel agency Snow&Feelings.
*The cost is subject to slight change upon booking.
-Assistance and accompaniment of mountain guide, who is also ski and telemark instructor
-Rental of motorhome
-Transceiver for who may not have one
Price does not include:
– Food and drinks (we will do a big grocery run in Anchorage)
– Gas, parking, tolls
– Rental of personal equipment
– Everything not specifically mentioned in the price components
Note: In the case of modifications to the itinerary due to uncontrollable circumstances regarding the organization such as bad weather or insufficient skiing capabilities of participants, extra costs will have to be covered by the participants.