Southcentral Alaska Ski Road Trip

Experience the Best Backcountry Skiing and Scenic Driving in Alaska

Untouched powder bowls in one of Joe's seldom-visited stashes. The Ski Road Trip starts and finishes in Anchorage, from which we make a 450-mile loop around Southcentral Alaska. Each day we ski tour a different zone and then stay the night at bed and breakfast. The itinerary listed below involves all touring, but mechanized options exist including heli, cat and lift skiing at Alyeksa. There is no off-piste, lift-accessed skiing in Southcentral. 

Our first base is the dramatic ski town of Girdwood where we stay at a comfortable bed and breakfast and ski each day at Turnagain Pass or Summit Lake in the Kenai Mountains. After Girdwood, we drive to Whittier and ferry through the wild coastline of Prince William Sound to Valdez. We stay four nights at a bed and breakfast in Valdez, skiing each day at Thompson Pass in the Chugach Mountains. To complete the road trip we drive the Glenn Highway, the most scenic road in Alaska, through the towering Chugach, Wrangell and Talkeetna Mountains. Along the way we stop to ski at Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains before returning to Anchorage.

Using Joe Stock's local knowledge, you'll get the best weather and snow, while maximizing time skiing rather than sorting out logistics and missing the goods. 

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For less cost, and less driving, consider an Girdwood Ski Week.  

Utilizing Alaska's few roads, and a ferry ride, you have the ultimate ski road trip around Southcentral Alaska. The trip starts and finishes in Anchorage (J). Along the way we stay at bed and breakfasts in Girdwood (B) and Valdez (F). From these bases, we ski at Turnagain Pass (C), Summit Lake (D) and Thompson Pass (G). On the return drive to Anchorage, we ski at Hatcher Pass (H). Between Whittier (E) and Valdez (F), we load vans onto an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry for a mind-blowing cruise of Prince William Sound. An optional fly-in ski base camp starts in Talkeetna (I). 

Itinerary. Please ask for custom itinerary. 

Note: This itinerary is flexible to suit your interests and budget. It is also flexible in case the weather or snowpack necessitates a schedule change. Flexibility is important in Alaska. 
 
Day 0: Arrive in Anchorage. 
 
Day 1: 5pm group meeting the Susitna Place B&B, gear check, last minute gear purchases, dinner at the Bear Tooth. Stay in Anchorage. 
 
Day 2: Drive one hour to the ski town of Girdwood. Leave duffels at our bed and breakfast, The Carriage House B&B, and drive another 30 minutes to Turnagain Pass. Ski all day and return to Girdwood.
 
Day 3: Ski Summit Pass, the next zone past Turnagain. Stay in Girdwood. 
 
Day 4:  Ski a different location at Turnagain Pass. Stay in Girdwood. 
 
Day 5: Rest and travel day as we move from Girdwood to Valdez. This involves a 23-mile drive to Whittier through the Portage Tunnel, followed by a five-hour ferry ride through Prince William Sound to Valdez. 
 
Day 6: Ski Thompson Pass. Stay in Valdez.
 
Day 7: Ski Thompson Pass. Stay in Valdez.
 
Day 8: Ski Thompson Pass. Stay in Valdez.
 
Day 9: Drive four hours on the Glenn Highway, a dramatic mountain corridor between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, to Hatcher Pass. Ski for a half day, then continue another 1 1/2 hours back to Anchorage. Final dinner. Stay in Anchorage or catch a redeye flight home. 
 
Day 10: Fly home. 

Optional Add-Ons 

  • Valdez heli skiing: $925 per person per day. 
  • Valdez heli drop: about $250 per person. 
  • Girdwood heli skiing: $1125 per person per day. 
  • Fly-in ski base camp in the Alaska Range. 
  • Alyeska Resort skiing: $75 per person. 
  • Cordova: take the ferry from Whittier to Cordova, ski for several days, then ferry to Valdez. 
  • Stay at a lodge at Hatcher Pass. 
  • Traveling, sleeping and eating in an RV: more expensive. 

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 

March to late April is ideal. Thompson Pass at Valdez is very busy during Tailgate Alaska (March 17-26, 2017)

Rate

Rates Include 

  • Ten days with AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock. Up to eight clients. A second guide may be added over four customers. 
  • Lodging: 3 nights in Anchorage, 4 nights in Girdwood, 5 nights in Valdez
  • Guide lodging in Valdez
  • All breakfasts
  • All transportation in Alaska (van and ferry)
  • All bookings
  • First aid, navigation and repair kits
  • Emergency communication and shelter

Does Not Include

  • Personal gear. See Alaska Backcountry Ski Gear List
  • Transportation to Alaska
  • Lunches or dinners
  • Incidental costs (laundry, internet, additional costs outside Stock Alpine control)
  • Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details. 

Downtown Girdwood in the Western Chugach Mountains. 

 

Skiing above Turnagain Pass in the Kenai Mountains. 

 

Renting an RV adds cost, but it also adds flexibility and lets you travel in style.  

 

The Alaska Ferry through Prince William Sound from Whittier to Valdez. 

 

A typical 4,000 vertical feet of powder at Thompson Pass near Valdez. 

 

Fishing boats at the port of Valdez.

 

Driving the Glenn Highway between Valdez and Anchorage, the most scenic highway in Alaska.

 

A final run at Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains before heading back to Anchorage.