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Valdez Ski Touring Week

Overview

Valdez is well known for its heli skiing, and the Thompson Pass area is one of our favorite ski mountaineering areas in the U.S. The mountains are wild and spectacular, but surprisingly easy to summit on skis. The snow pack is very maritime and therefore perfect for steeper lines. The fact that we get to stay in the port town of Valdez and enjoy great salmon dinners night after night makes this a uniquely Northwest American experience.

$2,450 Per Person
6 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
4:1, 8:2

Trip Information

$2,450
Price based on 3-4 skiers. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com

Valdez is well known for its heli skiing, and the Thompson Pass area is one of our favorite ski mountaineering areas in the U.S. The mountains are wild and spectacular, but surprisingly easy to summit on skis. The snow pack is very maritime and therefore perfect for steeper lines. The fact that we get to stay in the port town of Valdez and enjoy great salmon dinners night after night makes this a uniquely Northwest American experience.

Duration: 6
Ratio: 4:1, 8:2
Difficulty Level:
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Overall Difficulty Level: Difficult

Skills Required: Advanced skiing ability and prior ski touring experience

Fitness Level: Strenuous


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Pro Guiding Service proudly offers the most diverse ski touring and ski mountaineering programs of any guiding service in the Northwest.
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Itinerary

Day One:  Our first day skiing in the Chugach will be geared towards getting adjusted to the terrain, finding some excellent views, and making our first turns in Alaska.  We will tour from Thompson Pass up among the peaks that segment the Twenty-seven Mile Glacier in a loop that brings us back to our starting point at the end of the day.
Day Two:  Our goal will be to tour up and ski the Berlin Wall, a classic Valdez line and a great introduction to the steep skiing so classic in this area.  Our high point will be 5,740 feet with many additional ski descent options available.
Day Three:  Let's ski north of the road and go up the broad expanse of the Worthington Glacier towards Girls Mountain.  This is a longer tour that takes us through big terrain and offers a classic steep line off the summit at 6,134 ft.
Day Four:  Today we ski “The Python”.  This striking feature offers the potential for ski descents in many directions, and is another Valdez classic ski descent.
Day Five:  Our biggest tour of the trip:  Mt. Dimond.  This peak tops out at 7,202 feet, with several world-class descents from its summit, glaciers clinging to several aspects, and knife-edge ridges leading to the summit. 
Day Six:  This final day can take a variety of forms.  Our options vary from seeking out another large peak to finding and skiing the best corn available at the pass…the plan is open to best fit the conditions and finish our week in Alaska with a great day of skiing. 
Please be aware that this is a suggested itinerary. It may have to be changed due to weather and/or conditions. Depending on the wishes of the group, we might also incorporate a heli backcountry drop into the program. The cost of this drop is not included in the advertised price. 
 

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Pro Guiding Service proudly offers the most diverse ski touring and ski mountaineering programs of any guiding service in the Northwest. Smaller, more intimate custom itineraries or instructional tours are available for any of our destinations. Tell us what you want to do, and we can create a customized plan for you.
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Pricing

$2,450
per person
Price based on 3-4 skiers. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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What's Included In the Trip Price
  • hotel cost and breakfast
  • transportation to and from Thompson Pass
  • permit fees
  • guide fees
 
What's Not Included
  • flight to Valdez
  • rescue insurance
  • dinners and lunches
  • heli lifts (if this becomes an option)
Payment Policy
If booking a domestic trip that is over 30 days away or an international trip that is over 60 days away, you can book your trip by paying a 20% deposit.  View Full Policy
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 30 or more days before domestic trips or 60 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 30 days of the start of domestic trips or 60 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

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