Guided Backcountry Skiing near Anchorage, Alaska

Farming powder in late December on Cornbiscuit above Turnagain Pass.

Join IFMGA guide Joe Stock for the best skiing in the world. The mountains around Anchorage, in Southcentral Alaska, offer four mountain ranges, open faces, steep chutes and spines, glaciers and tree skiing. Whether you want a single day of touring, or you're from Outside and want a full week of adventure, Joe will show you the region like no one else.

Based on weather, snow stability and your interests, we'll select a ski zone for the day. Joe knows the area for guiding better than anyone. Contact Joe now.

Anchorage Ski Zones 

  • Southcentral ski zones
  • Turnagain Pass (Kenai Mountains)
  • Summit Lake (Kenai Mountains)
  • Hatcher Pass (Talkeetna Mountains)
  • Chugach Front Range
  • Western Chugach Mountains
  • Girdwood (Chugach)

Posts

See Southcentral Alaska backcountry skiing posts. 

The Alaska Factor

Read about backcountry skiing around Anchorage in Joe's guidebook The Alaska Factor.  

Is Alaska Skiing Right for Me?

The ski terrain surrounding Anchorage offers the full spectrum: from easy trees to big, steep lines, from mellow tours to multi-day trips. We'll pick a trip best for you. 

Logistics

Car

Stock Alpine does not provide transport. To reduce your cost, it's best to use your personal or rental car. If possible, the guide will ride with you. 

Where to Stay

If visiting from Outside, most people enjoy staying in the comfortable ski town of Girdwood, an hour from Anchorage. We mostly ski in the Chugach and Kenai Mountains around Anchorage and Girdwood, but sometimes conditions are better in the Talkeetna Mountains, an hour north of Anchorage. See Southcentral Alaska Logistics

Options

Girdwood Ski Week is a good option it you're visiting for a full week. If you have more time, consider the Southcentral Ski Road Trip, where we make a big loop around Southcentral including Valdez, a ferry ride through Prince William Sound and driving the Glenn Highway, the most beautiful road corridor in Alaska.  

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. 

Dates

October through June. March and April are best for long days and stable snow in Southcentral Alaska. In midwinter we have seven hours of day light—enough for a big day in the backcountry. By mid-March we have 12+ hours of sunlight.

Cost

  • 1 client: $500 per day
  • 2 clients: $300 per person per day
  • 3 clients: $225 per person per day
  • 4+ clients: $200 per person per day, a second guide may be added over four clients. 
  • In partnership with Alaska Alpine Adventures.
  • Click here for booking. 

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
  • Cooking gear if camping (stove, pots, fuel)

Does Not Include

"Just wanted to say thanks for making our trip to Alaska extra great!! We had a blast and both of us agreed that it was our favorite trip yet." –Samya Thangaraj

"It was an awesome intro to AK. You are a terrific guide. The boys had a great time and possibly a game changer for Rob—the skinning for sure!" –Mitch Dann

 

Joe at Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains. Photo by Dustin Leclerc.

 

Clouds fill Turnagain Pass as we tour away from the roadside crowds in search of untracked powder and sunshine.

 

On storm days, skiing powder in the trees is the safest option. Turnagain Pass and Summit Lake in the Kenai Mountains have the best tree skiing in the Anchorage area.

 

Heading up the Mint Glacier for a powder run into Moose Creek, deep in the Talkeetna Mountains. Nothing compares to Alaska for vast and wild mountains.

 

Skiing in Peterson Creek in the Western Chugach Mountains above the ice-choked Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet. In the background is Turnagain Pass in the Kenai Mountains.

 

Setting up camp at 5,000 feet in the Western Chugach above Girdwood. In March and April, when the days become long, these mountains become a stable and an unlimited skiing playground.