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Beacon check before another memorable day of ski touring in the Alaskan backcountry

2021 is starting off as crazy as 2020 ended. If you’re interested in local ski trips, informed educational experiences, or creating a custom international dream adventure be in touch. I am always happy to connect and sort through logistics to put something special together!

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Points North Heli Tour Camp | Ice Axe Expeditions 40 Tribes | Tahoe and Other Ski Trips

Points North Heli Tour Camp

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Points North Heli-Adventures Inc.
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In 2011, PNH acquired a first of its kind permit from the US Forest Service. That winter, myself and co-guide Jeff Dostie were able to engage in a feasibility test scouting terrain for camps, ascents and descents in a non-motorized area of the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. In 2012, we welcomed four weeks of clients to glowing reviews with each new week bringing unlimited powder skiing as well as the establishment of several never before climbed or skied lines. In 2013, we did more of the same as 236 inches of snow fell on our camp during the 4 Week season. In 2014, we established more new lines in one season than in the previous three years combined. In 2015, we welcomed Warren Miller Ent. to Tour Camp to film for a segment in their 66th ski movie, Chasing Shadows. In 2016, the Tour Camp crew was able to make the first ever ascent of the mighty Sphinx.

In 2017 we enjoyed another sold out season with a super fun slew of guests, including hosting the Finding the Line crew for part of their Alaska film segment (watch the film here courtesy of Red Bull). If you’re a backcountry skier/rider this is the definition of a dream trip! The past few years have had more highlights, including getting to join Cody Townsend for a memorable day on Pontoon, but of course COVID-19 has altered so much of our plans and operations. If you’re dreaming of ski touring in Alaska be in touch and we’ll sort something out! 

Online Press: Teton Gravity Research, ESPN, Freeskier, Snowbrains, Skiing-Blog, Unofficial Networks, Outside, Warren Miller Ent.Arctic Oven before and after, PowderJackson Hole Skier (pg. 64), Red Bull

Print Press: Powder Magazine, December 2013 ; Skiing Magazine, December 2013; Frequency Magazine, 11.3; Outside Magazine, February, 2014 ; Skiing Magazine, November 2015

ICE AXE EXPEDITIONS

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Skiing at 79 Degrees North with Ice Axe Expeditions, Svalbard, Norway

Ice Axe Expeditions leads “once in a lifetime” trips to the North Pole, South Pole and the Amazon, as well as ski focussed trips to places like Svalbard, Greenland, and the Antarctic.

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In 2009, I joined the Antarctica expedition and was able to help support Ice Axe as well as Warren Miller Ent. for the filming of a segment of their ski movie. You can check out some stories from that trip here. We had a great trip in 2015, 2016, and in 2017 as well.  In 2018 I was fortunate to guide the Out of Bounds crew as part of the filming for their 3D Imax film

In May, 2013 I co-guided one of the many unique ski expeditions offered by Ice Axe Expeditions to Svalbard Norway. You can read more about that trip here. Imbedded within that article are links to several other online articles about the trip. You can also read about the expedition in the December issue of Freeskier Magazine.

In April, 2014 I was fortunate to be a member of a group of pro skiers and guides who set out to map and explore terrain near Sisimiut, Greenland. The people, experience and ski ability of the area is world class. Like our program in Alaska the opportunity to climb and ski never before touched lines are a major part of this expedition. Check out a story about our trip on backcountry.comIn April, 2015 I co-guided a group back to Sisimiut. We had exceptional conditions and enjoyed another standout visit in 2017 and in 2019. You can check out some photos and stories from the 2015 trip here and here. There’s also beautiful piece available in print and online from Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal.

And if you’re interested in Iceland here’s a few shots and words from our trip in 2016. Ice Axe is continually offering once in a lifetime trips, and through the Impact School, we blend experiential education with unmatched alpine adventure. Be in touch if you’re interested in anything Ice Axe has to offer.

The top of a First Ascent, and soon to be First Descent, by the Ice Axe Expeditions crew in spring 2014. Come join us in 2015 to explore more lines like this one! Location: Sisimiut, Greenland

The top of a First Ascent, and soon to be First Descent, by the Ice Axe Expeditions crew in spring 2014. Come join us to explore more lines like this one! Location: Sisimiut, Greenland

40 Tribes 

The 40 Tribes Kyrgyzstan ski lodge

In 2018 I joined 40 tribes to lead guide a ski trip to Siberia. Read about the deepness of the experience here. In early 2019 I guided a few weeks at their flagship yurt camp in Kyrgyzstan. It was a blast and you can read about that trip here.  Scheduled for print publication in the Winter of 2020 is a recap of a Georgia ski adventure from last January, my last expedition before Covid-19 hit the world. Take a look at what 40 Tribes has to offer and be in touch if anything speaks to you. This outfit is culturally conscious, and travels to some of the raddest, most out-there locations you can imagine with powder on the mind.

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Other Tahoe Based and International Guiding Trips

NASTC: Local Tahoe Private Ski Guiding with NASTC specializing in private backcountry skiing instruction and day tours throughout the fall, winter, and spring. We also work with Homewood Snowcat Adventures on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Skinning in the Lake Tahoe Backcountry

Shar Outdoors: Macedonia and the Balkans

Out and about with the Shar Outdoors crew in Macedonia

In January, 2020 I had the fortune of visiting Shar Outdoors in their home country of Macedonia. If you’ve never thought of ski touring in the Balkans you’re not the only one! It’s a great secret of Eastern Europe, an off-the-beaten-path snowy locale with rich culture, and lots of opportunities for alpine adventures.

The Adventure Project: Japan and Gulmarg (Kashmir)

Inspirational ski touring is around every corner in Gulmarg. I was constantly blown away by views like this each time we got into the alpine. Photo: Jerrod Fast

Inspirational ski touring is around every corner in Gulmarg. I was constantly blown away by views like this each time we got into the alpine. Photo: Jerrod Fast

In February, 2015 I  guided for the Adventure Project in the Kashmir Himalaya. Gulmarg boasts some incredible skiing, although this is one of those trips that’s so much more than just making turns.   You can check out some photos and stories from our 2015 trip here and here.

Himalaya Alpine

In May/June 2017 I was able to join lead guide and owner Luke Smithwick to ski guide an exploratory expedition into the Indian Himalaya. You can check out some photos and reports from our trip here. We plan to continue building and offering basecamp style trips in the years to come focussing on ski touring in the Himalaya.  These trips are as culturally significant as they are skicentric. Be in touch if you have any interest in skiing in this special part of the world.

Is this real? A common question that gets asked when ski touring on the Antarctic Peninsula.