This aspect of mountaineering allows the mountain lover to use their skill to not only climb to the top of a mountain but to safely and expertly descend. The deep snow pack of the winter and spring keep many visitors away from the mountains. For the educated snow rider, winter opens a new door to the mountains where the thrill and satisfaction of getting to the top of the peaks is only equaled by the exhilaration of making turns back down.
The winter environment brings its own set of hazards. A primary concern for the backcountry skier is avalanche hazard. Learning the how, where, and when hazard develops as well as avalanche rescue, are key skills that must be developed by all backcountry travelers. Also important is choosing the right equipment, orienteering, and all the intricacies of both uphill and downhill travel that allow for full enjoyment of skiing off-piste.
Giant Alaskan summits soar above the vast backcountry wilderness igniting the imagination. The Chugach Mountains house vast glaciers and dozens of incredible alpine peaks where the snow is forgiving, allowing for steep and spectacular ski descents that would be to steep or avalanche prone to hold good conditions in the Rockies. Thomson Pass near the legendary Valdez offers easy access to this amazing ski mountaineering destination.
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Our guides are some of the most experienced and qualified rock and ice climbing guides in North America. Owner, head guide, and guide trainer John Kear is one of only a handful of American guides to have completed the International Guide Certification, UIAGM and full AMGA certification. This combined with over a...
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