Guided Girdwood Ski Week

Ski and Stay in Alaska's Ski Town

Downtown Girdwood below the Western Chugach.

Girdwood is a dreamy ski town between the glaciers and water of the Chugach Mountains. Just an hour drive from the Anchorage airport, Girdwood is a great place to spend a week backcountry skiing. If you like adventure skiing, then it's the best ski city in the United States.

A popular option is to spend most of your nights in Girdwood, with nights in Anchorage on either side. There are several comfortable B&B options, plus the luxurious Alyeska Hotel. Joe will meet you each morning in Girdwood for skiing. Within an hour is Turnagain Pass, Summit Lake, the Western Chugach Mountains and the Chugach Front Range. Two hours from Girdwood is Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains. 

If the weather is marginal we have options near Girdwood. We can explore treeline linkups at Summit Lake and Turnagain Pass in the Kenai Mountains. Another option is to ski in the lee of the storm, in the Chugach Front Range or Talkeetna Mountains. Joe knows how to find good skiing in all weather for all abilities. 

During your ski week, consider adding a day at Alyeska Ski Resort or cat or heli skiing Chugach Powder Guides. You will need to rent a car during the ski week. 

Posts

See posts from Girdwood skiing. 

Sample Itinerary 

Day 0 Meet in Anchorage at 6pm at your B&B. Gear check and last minute gear purchases. Welcome dinner at the Bear Tooth Grill. Stay in Anchorage. 
 
Day 1 Load duffels and ski packs into the car and drive 75 minutes to Turnagain Pass. After skiing we'll drive a half hour back to Girdwood, which is halfway between Turnagain and Anchorage. 
 
Day 2 Ski Turnagain or Summit Lake. Stay in Girdwood.  
 
Day 3 Ski Turnagain or Summit Lake. Stay in Girdwood.  
 
Day 4 Ski in the Girdwood Valley in the the Western Chugach Mountains. Stay in Girdwood. 
 
Day 5 Load duffels and ski packs into the car and drive back to Anchorage and stash duffels at your B&B. Then continue an hour to the ski slopes at Hatcher Pass. After skiing we'll return to Anchorage for the night. 
 
Day 6 Ski the Chugach Front Range above Anchorage. Final dinner in Anchorage. Fly home on the redeye–most flights to and from Anchorage are on redeye flights. 
 
Day 7 Arrive home. 
    
A) Hatcher Pass, B) Anchorage, C) Chugach Front Range, D) Girdwood, E) Turnagain Pass, F) Summit Lake. 

Ski Week Add Ons 

  • Heli skiing with Chugach Powder Guides. $1175 per person per day, total. 
  • Cat touring from the Alyeska Hotel with Chugach Powder Guides.
  • Area skiing at Alyeska Ski Resort
  • Heli drop off in the Western Chugach with Joe. 
  • Heli touring near Girdwood with Joe and partners at Chugach Powder Guides. About $600 per person.

Date

October through June. The best months are March and April for long daylight hours. April has the best combination of light, deep snowpack and a more stable snowpack. May is ideal for ski mountaineering at higher elevations. 

Skill Level

  • Intermediate to advanced alpine skiing skills.
  • Fitness for a full day in the mountains.
  • Recent avalanche companion rescue practice. We will have assessment and review before our tour. 

Cost  

Includes

  • AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock. Up to eight customers. A second guide may be added.  
  • Navigation, first aid and repair kits
  • Emergency communication and shelter

Does Not Include

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a three-hour flight from Seattle. ANC is the third largest air cargo hub in the world. That means flights almost never have weather delays. The mountains above Anchorage are the Chugach Front Range.

 

The Girdwood Valley in early May. The surrounding Chugach Mountains are packed with big terrain and incredible snow. Dry snow lasts into May. 

 

Alyeska Hotel below the 2,000-foot north face tram on Alyeska Resort.  

 

Helicopter skiing with Chugach Powder Guides is an excellent way to mix up the week. 

 

Chugach Powder Guides runs several snowcats from the Alyeska Hotel into the Chugach Mountains.