Ski Touring-Sailing in Alaska aboard the sailboat Qilak
Ski Touring in the glaciers of Prince William Sound, with Qilak becoming your mountain refuge
The cruise at a glance
Near Anchorage, Prince William Bay is a natural paradise, where mountains and more than 40 glaciers fall into the sea, and offer incredible possibilities for ski touring. It is aboard the sailboat Qilak that we will cross this immense bay and ski the most beautiful peaks, sometimes admiring the bald eagles, emblematic of Alaska, but also whales, orcas and a whole fauna. We invite you to come and explore these unique and unforgettable spaces with us.
More than a trip, this ski touring cruise is an adventure in the broadest sense of the term, an exploration. Everything is planned, but the basis is the constant adaptation to this nature as unpredictable as it is powerful.
Alaska is the kingdom of “wilderness”, sea, mountains, glaciers, incomparable wildlife, all the ingredients are there for all those who love pristine open spaces and “outdoor” activities. Known for a long time for heliskiing, ski touring in Alaska is starting to emulate because the playground is huge and it is a country of mountains, therefore of snow.
Get aboard !
When to join us?
15-day cruise in Alaska: 3,675 Euros
April 2022From 14/04/2022 To 28/04/2022 Boarding : Whittier Landing : Whittier Code : S1
Why join us ?
• Ski Touring on the most beautiful peaks of Prince William Sound in a totally wild environment
• The maritime glaciers of Prince William Bay• Observation of mythical species: grizzly bears, orcas, humpback whales …
• Small-group sailing: maximum 6 passengers and fishing on board
• Supervision by a certified mountain guide UIAGM, specialist in skiing in the polar regions
Prices indicated do not include: airfare and hotels or transport from the airport to the sailboat, groceries (dried fruits, bars, etc. between meals), insurance for the ski activity, alcohol (other than wine at dinners), restaurants and bars.
No particular difficulty in terms of the summits that we are going to climb, but you must be a good all-rounder and mountain skier. The slopes can be 45 ° on short sections equipped with a fixed rope if necessary. The complete list of your alpine ski touring equipment will be provided to you upon registration.
Very good physical condition essential, with drops of 2,500 to 3,300 feet per day on average, or even more if necessary and stages of 6 to 7 hours. We will choose our goals according to our desires, our form and the weather.
Day 2 to 10 : Ski Touring and Sailing
We'll be crisscrossing Prince William Bay in search of the most beautiful peaks and the most beautiful slopes. The altitude of the mountains is quite variable and sometime rising to over1.8 miles (3,000 m) but then their dimension also becomes incredible because here everything is on another scale. There are also several islands covered with very beautiful peaks from 2,500 to 3,300 feet (800 to 1000 m) above sea level, planted in the middle of the bay in a dream setting. We will also go on the Sargent glacier, in Derickson Bay, King's Bay, Contact glacier, etc ... After skiing for those who like fishing, possibility of fishing for sea trout or salmon. Only the boat allows access to the foot of the mountains because there is absolutely no road in the Bay. In some places there are huts where it is possible to stay overnight and maybe we will use one to shorten an approach to a summit. At each departure from the shore on skis, it's a unique sensation to live an incredible experience with the immense happiness of feeling alone in the world and having the whole mountain to ourselves.