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Zahan Billimoria

International Mountain Guide

ALASKA

There is perhaps no place more central to skiing and riding - Alaska needs no introduction. Alaska is massive, but most of the best riding occurs in within striking distance of the ocean where a coastal snowpack can plaster the walls with white paint . The Alaskan season is short - and the best big mountain riding conditions are around the month of March & April. When weather is fickle Alaska can require some patience, as there is little relief in the landscape, making whiteout conditions quite limiting. But when the stars align Alaska is like no place on earth.

 

NEACOLAS SKI EXPEDITION

THE NEACOLAS SIT AT THE VERY TOP OF MY LIST OF DESIRABLE SKI DESTINATIONS. CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE COAST FOR A HUGE AND STABLE SNOWPACK, BUT INLAND ENOUGH FOR STABLE WEATHER, STACKED WITH HUGE PEAKS AND PERFECT SKI TERRAIN. IT IS LIKELY THAT THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A PRO SKIER SHREDDING A MASSIVE ALASKAN SPINE WALL - IT WAS SHOT IN THE NEACOLAS. THE AREA WE AIM TO SKI HAS BEEN FEATURED IN A NUMBER OF TGR MOVIES - ITS THAT GOOD!

OVERALL COST

Rates (approx)

All Inclusive Rate Including flights from your local airport, guide fees, food, flights to Kenai & onto the Glacier, and pre-post hotel

Starting $12900 4:2 Client Ratio based on 7 day trip, 5 days skiing

LODGING

Lodge

High comfort glacier camping, individual sleeping tents and a group tent to cook and hang out in. Great meals, music and board games by night!

SKIING LEVEL

Intermediate & Above

Adventure skiers and riders with good fitness.

GETTING HERE

Glacier Flight

Snow plane access from Anchorage to camp. Over 100lbs of weight allowance per person. 

Similar to a BC Ski Expedition - The Neacola Program relies on a flight into a remote basecamp in the heart of the big mountains. Once on site we will build out a comfortable camp, outfitted with a group tent for meals and hanging out. Each person will have their own personal tent - and the kitchen will be stocked to keep us fueled for a week of human powered exploration.

I. Camping. There is enough room in the plane for each person to bring their own tent, extra thick sleep pad, and as big a sleeping bag as you want. The group tent is stocked with comfortable chairs, lanterns, stereo and a coleman stove which also acts as a heater. With enough room to walk around in and a shared table - meal time is relaxed, and enjoyable. We make delicious dinners from scratch such as tacos, steaks and stir fries. Breakfasts involve copious amounts of fresh coffee, tasty burritos, pancakes with maple syrup or french toast with fresh fruit and cream. I will provide all of the group equipment, and each guest is responsible for their own sleeping and tent kit. I have camping equipment for rent at reasonable rates if you need.

II. Terrain & Riding. We aim to establish basecamps in the high alpine with easy access to the big lines. As a result we spend very little time on approach and can get into the terrain easily. Nonetheless the nature of these types of expeditions requires good fitness, as all of the travel (once we are in camp) is entirely human powered. We try to pick locations that have a mix of aspects and slope angles, but generally are looking for inspiring high alpine terrain, glaciated faces, spine walls and couloirs.

III. Itinerary. Count on 10-12 days from door to door. Once we arrive in Anchorage we make a group run to the grocery store to stock up for the trip. From here we head into our basecamp (conditions dependent)

IV. The Crew. Minimum group size is 2 riders and 2 guides, but the trip can be expanded to fit almost any group size. All Samsara trips are private, meaning unless you ask me to - I will never combine you with other people you don't know. This is an ideal trip for a small crew of strong riders with solid fitness.