Ski Mountaineering in Alaska
***** Due to National Park Service current regulations, we are unable to offer ski mountaineering in Denali National Park and Preserve. We will continue to do so as soon as possible, so please stay tuned for updates in our ski mountaineering program.
The schuss of fresh powder, the weightless feeling as you transition between turns, the sense that magic does indeed exist…Ahhh, skiing!
Mountain Trip is a family of climbers and skiers. We love touring uphill on a crisp morning and long for the sound of climbing skins peeling off the bases of our skis, because that means we’re about to point ’em downhill. Ski touring embodies our highly biased concept of something that has “soul.” You work hard to get yourself to a place where there are tangible rewards for your efforts. A nice morning surf break might be a contender for backcountry powder, but as far as we’re concerned- the jury is still out on that one.
We offer ski mountaineering trips on Denali and elsewhere in the Alaska Range. Our Ski Denali expeditions are the result of years of negotiations with the National Park Service to persuade them that unroped skiing is a reasonable and appropriate endeavor on the mountain. Starting in 2009, we began offering a scheduled Denali Ski expedition in the latter part of June, as this is generally the timeframe that offers us the best snow conditions on the middle and upper mountain.
We will use skis to access Camp 2 and often carry them up to Camp 3 to partake of some of the great ski terrain above the broad Genet Basin. For the highly fit and skilled skier, the possibility of skiing from the summit of Denali is a definite possibility, but this is not the goal of the expedition. In 2010, however, we had a strong team, conditions were perfect, and we were able to ski from the summit, to make the first guided ski mountaineering descent of Denali.
We also offer private trips to explore the Alaska Range and ski terrain from rolling glacial sloes to steep couloirs. The Ruth Glacier offers amazing lower elevation ski mountaineering potential. We have been leading skiers on tours and mountaineering objectives in the Ruth for over 30 years. The wide variety of terrain affords ample opportunity for skiers of all abilities.
Currently, we are only offering ski mountaineering trips on a custom, private basis. Please contact us for more details on these fun and exciting expeditions.