The Alaska Factor

First edition sold out. Second edition available late October 2016

  • 208 pages, up from 144
  • Now with Valdez and Kodiak Island
  • Improved format
  • More eye candy
  • Index

The Guidebook for Backcountry Skiing in Southcentral Alaska

The Alaska Factor is a guidebook written for visitors and those new to Southcentral backcountry skiing. Local skiers will find inspirational photos of their buddies and an easy gift for their friends from Outside. The book includes planning your ski trip to Alaska, how to navigate Anchorage, information on weather and snowpack and how to access the primary backcountry ski zones. 


  • Kenai Mountains: Turnagain Pass and Summit Lake 
  • Talkeetna Mountains: Hatcher Pass and Bomber Traverse
  • Western Chugach: Girdwood, Eagle River and the Eklutna Traverse
  • Chugach Front Range: Peak Three, Ptarmigan, Falls Creek and Arctic to Indian
  • Alaska Range: Ruth and Pika Glaciers
  • Thompson Pass near Valdez
  • Kodiak Island

Locations NOT ground truthed. Use at your own risk. 

Reviews for the first edition, etc.

"The Alaska Factor is 144 pages of solid information and plenty of skiing stoke-ography."-Andrew McLean,, read full review here.

"Every sport needs its Sutra. Thankfully, Joe Stock has stepped in and given us the dream guide — the AKAsutra." -Lou Dawson,, read full review here.

"He's got the experience and credentials to put together a great guidebook and he has." -Dave Waag,, read the full review here

G3 Athlete Joe Stock's New Book The Alaska Factor Email interview with Jamie Bond at G3. Read G3's version here

First edition sold out. Second edition will be available at and these Southcentral vendors: 

  • Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage)
  • AMH (Anchorage)
  • REI (Anchorage)
  • Ski AK (Anchorage)
  • Powder Hound (Girdwood)
  • Orion Sports (Kodiak) 

The Alaska Factor looks good. 

It includes five backcountrys ski zones. Plus the info to get you situated in Southcentral.


1:63,360-scale USGS maps showing routes and locations.  


Photos to make you jones. 


Covering a range of Southcentral Alaska backcountry skiing, from steeps to tours.