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Skiing in the Central Alaska Range in the shadow of Denali (North America’s Highest peak) is a truly inspiring experience. These are big mountains and big glaciers! Our base camp we'll be amongst these giants. “Little Switzerland” a grouping of smaller peaks and glaciers just down glacier from Denali, is the perfect size for a great skiing adventure. The snow is consistent and cold and storms are frequent.


We chose the Pika Glacier for our ski mountaineering week because of the awesome variety of terrain and access within walking distance of our base camp. Jagged granite rock spires are separated by snowy couloirs that drain into long glaciers offering miles of skiing pleasure. Steep snowy faces


Join us for a week of basecamp living and great skiing. We’ll fly into the Pika Glacier and set up camp in the area known as Little Switzerland. Our only other task is to climb and ski to our hearts content.

Your Ski Denali National Park Itinerary


Arrive in Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage

You should plan to arrive in Anchorage (1) day before the start date. Clients will be responsible for their own hotel rooms, this include the town delay days

Day 1

Setting off

We will meet at 8:00 am to do a quick gear check for flying onto the Glacier. We expect to be driving by 10am putting us in Talkeetna by a bit afternoon. Upon arrival, we will check in with the Air Taxi and get lunch in town (if time permits). our goal is to be on the Glacier by 3pm. We will set up camp and do a crevasse rescue review, and avi rescue review.

Day 2 - 5


Ski all day every day, or as much as possible.

Day 6

Wind up

Half day of skiing, pack up and fly out.

Day 7

Reserve day

If the forecast is solid and the likelihood of an early fly out on day 7 we could chance 1 last full day of skiing on the 6th

Trip Includes

  • 2 IFMGA/AMGA Certified Mountain Guides
  • Liability Insurance
  • 1 Full Day of Helicopter Skiing
  • 1 Ride Helicopter Assist
  • 6 Nights Lodging/ Breakfast included
  • All Transportation in Valdez
  • Memories to last a life time


Trip Excludes

  • Flight/Transport to Valdez
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Alchohol
  • Personal Insurance


  •  Skis With Alpine Touring bindings: We recommend Touring skis with a waist  between 105cm and 116. Skis should be equipped with touring binding, preferably tech style bindings
  • Ski Poles: Three section collapsible poles are preferred, snow baskets necessary. Climbing Skins: Skins need to be in good condition and cut to fit your ski. 
  • Ski Touring Boot: Boots need to be compatible with your bindings. Boots must have a  walk mode. 
  • Ski Crampons: Ski Crampons must be compatible with you bindings and ski waist  width. 
  • Ice Axe: We recommend a short 50-55cm tool with a slightly dropped tip and curved  shaft. 
  • Crampons: Crampons need to have a good fit with your boots. Horizontal front  points. 
  • Harness: Harness must fit over ski clothing, be light weight and in good condition.

Belay Device:

  • Basic tube-style device that can accept a variety of rope diameters.
  • 2 Locking Carabiners: Large pear shaped auto lockers are preferred.
  • 2 Standard Carabiners: Light and modern wire gate are preferred. 
  • Personal Anchoring System: You can use a sewn double length runner (120cm) or  a manufactured PAS is sufficient. 
  • Ski Helmet: While we don’t require you to ski with a helmet we do highly recommend  it.

Safety Gear  

  •  Ski Backpack: A good ski pack should be light weight and have a dedicated pocket  for your avalanche rescue gear and be between 35-50 liters. Airbags are fine. 
  • Avalanche Rescue Gear: You will need a shovel and probe. The Shovel should have  an extendable handle, an aluminum blade and fit into you pack without sticking out.  Make sure your probe is in working order. 
  • Avalanche Beacon: Your beacon should be a modern digital beacon. Come with new  batteries in your beacon as well as one extra set. 


  •  Beanie: You might want to bring 2 just incase. We recommend one warm and one  medium weight Beanie
  • Buff/Neck Gaiter: We recommend a lightweight buf as it has many uses. 
  • Goggles: We really like goggles with changeable lenses for use in bright and low light.  They should also be compatible with your helmet. 
  • Sun Glasses: Even if you always prefer to ski in goggles, sun glasses are needed for  the up. Goggles will get fogged with sweat. 


  • Mid-Weight Insulated Glove: A well fitting glove with with light insulation, good  dexterity and leather palm. 
  • Insulated Glove or Mitten: We like the warmth to weight ratio of a good mitten.


  •  Hardshell Jacket: This jacket should have a hood, be lightweight and fully  waterproof
  • Soft Shell Jacket: This is your “Go” jacket, a wind and water resistant layer that adds  a bit of insulation. You’ll wear this jacket all the time. I like something mid weight for  the Blanc. 
  • Light Weight Puffy: A lightly insulated synthetic puffy.  
  • Down Parka: A light construction 800 fill down Jacket w/ hood. 
  • Base Layers: A light and mid weight base layer. One of each gives the most options. Mid Layer: A warmer mid layer 


  • Ski Pants: You are likely to want more than one pair of pants, We recommend a light  option and a more waterproof option. 
  • Bottom Base Layer: You will want at least two pair of bottoms
  • Insulated pants: These insulated pants are more for camp than when we are out. 
  • FEET

Socks: 3 Pair of ski socks and 2 pair of warm socks for camp. 

  • Down Booties: great for camp 
  • Camp Boots: Warm winter boot 


  • Sleeping Bag: -20 Degree sleeping bag 
  • Sleeping Pad: We recommend an insulated blow up pad 
  • Water bottle and Hydration system. Both a water bottle and a hydration system are recommended. 
  • Cup spoon and bowl: Mug for hot drinks, bowl for meals and utensil to eat with 
  • Toiletry Kit: Keep it simple; Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, hand sanitizer, contacts,  Razor etc. 
  • Personal First Aid Kit: Band aids, aspirin, ibuprofen, blister kit. Don’t forget personal  medication. 
  • Sun Screen and Lip Protection: Make sure its new and at least 50 spf. small tubes  are best. 
  • Travel Clothes: Your choice! Don’t forget a camera and your phone!
  • Duffel Bag: You should be able to fit Everything inside this Duffel. 

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