Why Hire Joe?

"The best! I trusted you after 1/2 day 100%, does not happen often, never to any guide up to now."

—Philipp Becker, Denali Ski Base Camp 2016

1) Joe is the only licensed Mountain Guide in Southcentral Alaska

You wouldn't hire a surgeon or pilot without formal training and certification. Same with a guide. Your life is in their hands. Make sure they have the best training in the world. And proof of it. The international standard for guiding is set by the IFMGA. The American Mountain Guide Association is a member of the IFMGA. Joe is internationally licensed by the IFMGA and fully certified by the AMGA. If you want a professional guide in Southcentral Alaska, then Joe is your option. Read more about the AMGA and IFMGA.

2) Joe wrote the book on Southcentral skiing

The Alaska Factor is a guidebook written for visitors and those new to Southcentral backcountry skiing. It includes what you need to plan your ski trip to Alaska, how to negotiate Anchorage, information on weather and snowpack and how to access the main backcountry ski zones. Local skiers will find inspirational photos of their buddies and an easy gift for friends from Outside. Read more about The Alaska Factor.

3) Joe is the most experienced backcountry ski guide in Southcentral

Joe has skied and guided all over Southcentral Alaska. For you, this translates to skiing with a guide who finds the best snow, terrain and weather for your ability. Read about a few of Joe's personal trips:  

4) Specializing in all mountain travel 

Joe has a broad set of mountain skills. He can take you rock climbing, ice climbing, technical scrambling, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, backcountry skiing, packrafting, bouldering, mountain running and trekking. Sorry, no base jumping!

5) You'll have fun with Joe! 

No attitude. Easy conversation. Free photos of your trip. Your satisfaction is Joe's goal. Read more about Joe

Most of Joe's trips are custom, which means there are few scheduled open trips. But Joe is open to ideas, so please contact Joe to discuss a trip now.