Alaska Skiing and Climbing Adventures 2023
We are excited to announce our current permits for the 2023 Alaska skiing and climbing seasons. We will be in stunning Alaskan mountains and hope to have you join us. You can contact us if you are interested in any of these destinations and we will get the process started! Wasatch Mountain Guides takes pride in offering a personalized and customized experience. We will keep the group size to your desire, giving us the ability to focus completely on you, the client, your skills and goals. Led by an IFMGA Mountain Guide, join us in Alaska in 2023!
Where we can Guide in Alaska 2023:
- Central Alaska Range. This includes:
Ruth's Gorge (Moose's Tooth)
Chugach State Park
These locations offer unique geography and experiences. We are excited to explore one or more of them with you!
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When to Ski or Climb Alaska:
We will begin our Alaskan skiing adventures the last week of March 2023 and continue through the end of April 2023. There is a possibility of extending these dates if conditions permit. We can take you skiing in Valdez, Chugach State Park, or on the Pika Glacier near Denali.
Climbing in Alaska is technical and will be on snow, rock, and ice. We will book trips for climbing in Alaska April-July 2023.
Climbing The Moose's Tooth via Ham and Eggs is just fantastic. Spectacularly this route climbs rock up to 5.8 and short pitches of vertical alpine ice benched by 40-60 degree snow. The final ridge to the summit will keep your attention as the views expand.
A Testimonial about the Pika Glacier
Todd Passey had a client write a wonderful write-up about his experience on the Pika Glacier:
" After getting to know Passey in the Wasatch backcountry-he helped me test and review avalanche safety gear-and familiarizing myself with his resume, I signed up for his mid-April trip to the Pika Glacier. Located in Denali National Park, the Pika juts off of the colossal Kahiltna Glacier, which begins on the slopes of Denali and is the longest glacier in the Alaska Range. The Pika Glacier is much smaller-a tributary to the Kahiltna's river, as it were-in the heart of a zone lovingly dubbed "Little Switzerland." As the name suggests, Little Switzerland is known for rock routes and aesthetic couloirs on granite spires that shoot out the ice like sheer stone skyscrapers. It is, first and foremost, a zone popular with alpinists, but it's become more and more popular with skiers over recent years. Passey assured me that the Pika has terrain for every ability level and would be a fantastic opportunity to push myself in steep, glaciated terrain.
The Pika, I came to realize, was the perfect place to get a taste of Alaska. Whether you are new to steep skiing, or you consider yourself an expert, there's terrain that's suited to your skill level. There are mellow powder fields, steep, technical couloirs, and everything in between. But the terrain is only part of the equation that made my first trip to the Pika such a successful one.
I've had the pleasure of riding with a few guides over the years, and quite frankly, many of them wouldn't have indulged my request to step into a steeper couloir. The exit was hairy, the entrance technical. Passey thought me capable, and encouraged my progression in the mountains. He lead with confidence and composure, and the resulting adventure proved both thrilling and formative.
I was served a slice of humble pie by the Alaska Range, and, to be honest, I'm eager for another helping. I look forward to returning to the Pika, but more than that, I look forward to spending more time on the skintrack and bootpack with Passey. Doing so won't simply lead to more fun days in the mountains-it will also lead to my growth as a splitboarder and mountaineer. And that, after all, is why I signed up to ride in Alaska in the first place. "
We're excited to build a custom adventure with you!