Pika Glacier, Alaska

Alaska Ski Mountaineering

Our Pika Glacier Alaska Ski Mountaineering trip is an opportunity to combine amazing access to some of the continent’s best steep skiing terrain with the comforts of base camp life.

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What sets this trip apart from other Alaska trips is the focus on true ski mountaineering. You’ll be introduced to and apply both uphill and downhill techniques in glaciated terrain. Steep couloirs cut between dramatic rock walls and wide-open glaciers with complex icefalls are some of the highlights that the Pika Glacier, aka “Little Switzerland” has to offer. We recommend taking an intro to ski mountaineering course, or have previous ski mountaineering experience before attending this trip.

Alaska Ski Mountaineering on the Pika Glacier. Steep skiing with the comfort of base camp life.

Course Details

Overview:

Ski mountaineers consider this a classic destination due to its accessibility via ski plane and abundance of diverse terrain right outside your front door.  Our base camp on the glacier will include roomy tents, great meals with fresh food, and the best view you could imagine!  Most consider this a steep skiing destination, but excellent, lower-angled glacier touring abounds and we can custom tailor this trip for any skill level. This is a true Alaskan ski mountaineering adventure that you won’t forget!

Prerequisites:

Participants should be in good physical condition. Expect 6-8 hour tours with up to 5,000' of climbing.  You should be comfortable with basic ski touring techniques such as skinning with kick turns, transitions, and skiing variable snow.  Comfort in non-groomed advanced/expert terrain at the ski area is a good benchmark.

Preparation:

CMS guides encourage participants to do a prep day before the trip. Intro to Ski Mountaineering or a private guiding day are recommended.

Minimum Age:

18

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:

  • Shuttle from Anchorage to Talkeetna and back, glacier flight, food, camping equipment, guide fees

Price Excludes:

  • Food and lodging while off glacier, ski equipment, gratuities

Meeting location:

Anchorage, AK

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: AM meeting in Anchorage, grocery shop and van shuttle to Talkeetna. Pack food and gear in PM.
Day 2: AM flight to Pika Glacier, set up camp and review rescue skills.
Day 3: Ski
Day 4: Ski
Day 5: Ski
Day 6: Ski
Day 7: Ski, fly off glacier PM. Night in Talkeetna
Day 8: Shuttle back to Anchorage for flights home

Notes:

Payment Schedule:
· 25% deposit due with an accepted application
· Balance due 90 days before Day 1 of trip

Expedition Cancellation Policy:
· A non-refundable $100 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
· 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 120 days prior to trip start.
· 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 119 days before trip start.
· 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
· 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.