Alaska's Backcountry Ski Guidebook

Second edition

  • Now with 208 pages, up from 144

  • Valdez and Thompson Pass

  • Kodiak Island

  • Index added

  • More eye candy

  • Improved format

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)

  • REI (Anchorage)

  • Ski AK (Anchorage)

  • Powder Hound (Girdwood)

  • Orion Sports (Kodiak)

  • Prospector Outfitters (Valdez)

Orders will not be shipped from Oct 20 until Nov 30.


$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 


Photos of The Alaska Factor


"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, e-mail interview with Jamie Bond at G3. Read interview here