Join us for nearly a week of great skiing and basecamp living. The 6-day adventure starts by flying into the Pika Glacier. We’ll setup camp nearby at “Little Switzerland”.
- Trip Outline
Skiing in the Central Alaska Range in the shadow of Denali (North America’s Highest peak) is a truly inspiring experience. These are big mountains and big glaciers! In our base camp we'll be amongst these giants. “Little Switzerland”, a grouping of smaller peaks and glaciers just down glacier from Denali, is the perfect size for a great skiing adventure. The snow is consistent and cold and storms are frequent. The Pika Glacier will be base camp and where most skiing takes place. It is a tributary to the Kahiltna Glacier, the glacier most people climb when climbing Denali.
WMG provides a base camp cook tent and individual sleeping tents. We provide all the food and do all the cooking. Guests need their own ski gear and their own sleeping bag and pad.
We chose the Pika Glacier, Alaska for our ski mountaineering week because of the awesome variety of terrain and access within walking distance of our base camp. Jagged granite rock spires are separated by snowy couloirs that drain into long glaciers offering miles of skiing pleasure. Steep snowy faces of Alaskan powder to your heart's content.
Meet at a designated hotel in Anchorage. We'll then take a shuttle to Talkeetna. From there we'll fly into the Pika Glacier and set up base camp.
SKI. SKI. SKI! We'll mainly ski the peaks surrounding the Pika Glacier. This zone is named Little Switzerland because of the resemblance of the granite spires and amazing couloirs found in the Swiss Alps.
Ski and Return
Half day of skiing then pack up and fly back to Talkeetna. From there you'll continue your journey home.
If the forecast is solid and the likelihood of an early fly out on day 7, we could chance 1 last full day of skiing on the 6th day.
- 2 IFMGA/AMGA Certified Mountain Guides
- Liability Insurance
- 1 Full Day of Helicopter Skiing
- 1 Ride Helicopter Assist
- 6 Nights Lodging/ Breakfast included
- All Transportation in Valdez
- Memories to last a life time
- Flight/Transport to Valdez
- Lunches and Dinners
- Personal Insurance
Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC will not refund fees paid if trips are cancelled within 7 days of departure, regardless of reason. Cancellation requests received more than 7 days before the trip start date will be refunded the trip fee less a 15% booking fee.
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Clients are solely responsible for evacuation costs, if necessary, including additional trailhead shuttles, ambulance, and emergency services. We strongly recommend that you purchase accident and trip insurance to secure your trip.
Participants have responsibilities to themselves, Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC and to each other. They must choose the trip that is appropriate for their interests and skill level. Good physical condition is important on all Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC and is a prerequisite for participation. Proper trip preparation includes, but is not limited to, acquisition of the proper equipment, understanding the trip’s itinerary, and familiarity with proper wilderness etiquette.
The activities you engage in during your program may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than other activities that you have participated in and you have a responsibility as a participant to be in optimal physical condition and health. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with knowledge of the potential dangers involved, as well as the knowledge that some dangers are unforeseeable and uncontrollable, and the knowledge that these dangers exist no matter your physical and mental preparedness.
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