Alaska Ski Mountaineering - Blue Square Productions

Alaska Ski Mountaineering

Take off from asphalt, land on a glacier, set up camp, and then ski world-class powder for a week straight on a remote glacier in Alaska. If that makes you say, "AAAAHHH YEAH!" then this expedition is going to blow your mind. 

We are going to set up a really nice basecamp on the glacier and ski tour from there. The terrain we get on will be conditions dependent (of course), but let's be honest, we too like to go big!

With all this snow there can be down days for sure. If we are delayed going in, or need to fly off a bit early, from the glacier, there are plenty of great day touring options from Anchorage. So you can't lose. We will find the best snow, and we will put tracks down it. And then we will get to relive the day's adventure while eating great food in our posh basecamp. 

Fly-in camping allows the menu to be super posh!

Expedition camping at its best...more snow = more pow!

April 19-28, 2018

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, April 19 - Fly to Anchorage. Arrive before 4pm in order to meet with the group for orientation dinner 
Day 2: Fly onto glacier. This is adventure skiing; right off the bat, we don't know our exact base-camp destination. We will work with conditions, timing, terrain, and our pilot to choose a destination, sometimes in that "11th hour". We've done this trip in the past to entirely unscouted locations. No one on the trip will tell you this was any sort of disadvantage!
Days 3-8: Ski. Locations like Mount Goode, the Scandinavian Peaks, the Upper Nelchina Glacier, the Harvard Glacier, and Mount Fafnir, among many others, are in the realm of possibility.
Day 9: Likely our first opportunity to fly off the glacier. We have to negotiate our exit based on weather and conditions.
Day 10: Saturday, April 28 - Hopefully our glacier exit day. Book your return flight from Anchorage (ANC) after 6PM on April 28. Flights leaving April 29 at 12:30AM are common.

Price: $6000

Includes:
Travel, lodging, and guiding within Alaska Pre-trip training plans, gear lists, and personalized advice Professionally curated menu of truly gourmet backcountry food. Post-trip, professionally captured and printed photo Group gear, including ropes, tents, emergency supplies, etc.

Not included:
Personal equipment (your normal "Lower 48" ski mountaineering kit, plus thicker rental down jackets and sleeping bags from our partners at Feathered Friends, is all you need).
Travel to and from Anchorage
Food and drink in town.

How to Join?

1. Apply for this expedition by emailing me at mark@smileysproject.com with you backcountry skiing experience. Bullet points are fine, keep it simple.
2. If your experience level is inline with the requirements of this expedition, you will get an invite to the expedition.
3. Pay a $750 deposit that is non-refundable to hold your spot.
4. Let the planning and prep begin!

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