Alaska's Backcountry Ski Guidebook

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

Available at your favorite Southcentral vendor

  • Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage)

  • AMH (Anchorage)

  • Hoarding Marmot (Anchorage)

  • Orion Sports (Kodiak)

  • Powder Hound (Girdwood)

  • Prospector Outfitters (Valdez)

  • REI (Anchorage)

  • Ski AK (Anchorage)

I’m away guiding and climbing in Europe until late October. I’ll ship books after that.


$15 each. Five or more. USPS flat rate shipping will be added to the invoice. Please inquire. 

US and Canada orders

$25 each + $5 shipping

International orders

$25 each + $15 shipping

Anchorage pickup

$25 + $0 shipping = $25 USD. I will email you a pickup location upon receiving the order. 

Alaska Factor .kmz file

Locations NOT ground truthed. Use at your own risk.

Click here to download .kmz file:  The Alaska Factor 

I’m away guiding and climbing in Europe until late October. I’ll ship books after that.


Photos of The Alaska Factor

The Alaska Factor is 144 pages of solid information and plenty of skiing stoke-ography.
— Andrew McLean,
Every sport needs its Sutra. Thankfully, Joe Stock has stepped in and given us the dream guide
— Lou Dawson,
He’s got the experience and credentials to put together a great guidebook and he has.
— Dave Waag,
Apparently Joe has be covering a lot of ground on his ZenOxides over the years. We caught up with Joe to learn more about his endeavor.
— Interview with Jamie Bond,
While my book pealed away a small part of Alaska, Stock’s pulls the cover back further. It allows visiting and local skiers more options on their dashboard as they cruise around Alaska chasing dream lines.
— Matt Kinney,