How large will my group be? Small groups are the best way to witness the Last Frontier! This wilderness trip is limited to 8 guests. And with a guest to guide ratio of 4:1 you are assured of our commitment to risk management and safe operations. Furthermore, it is a best practice to keep groups exceptionally small to minimize our impact on the Alaskan backcountry by following Leave No Trace principles.
What kind of food might we expect? Our food is excellent – in fact it is something that clearly differentiates us from our competition. We have spent the past fifteen years fine tuning our backcountry menu. And in 2012, we launched Adventure Appetites – an award winning food company focused on bringing our lightweight and packable wilderness cuisine to adventurers everywhere. Breakfasts include pancakes, scrambles, homemade granola and cereal, locally roasted gourmet coffee, assorted tea and cocoa. Lunches could include an Italian club torta sandwich, asiago bagels and Alaska lox, a curried tuna pita, or perhaps crackers with genoa salami with a roasted red pepper goat cheese spread. We also feature house made snack mixes (both savory & sweet), and an assortment of energy bars available throughout the day. Dinners could include pasta carbonara, Alaska reindeer rotini, chicken and chorizo enchiladas, penne pasta with a roasted red pepper pesto, and more. And we ALWAYS experience one of Adventure Appetites home baked desserts after dinner.
What will the weather be like on my trip? Alaska has some of the most dynamic and dramatic weather on the planet. During the spring months in Alaska, average daytime temperatures range from 10 to 30 degrees F, nighttime and morning temperatures are cooler, but rarely dip below 0 degrees F. Throughout the spring season, you may experience snow, sun, wind, clouds and fog on your departure. We live by the adage "prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and you'll likely end up with some of both".
What will the camping be like on my trip? Alaska Alpine Adventures has camped in some of Alaska’s most remote and wild places; from the remote beaches of the Alaska Peninsula, the rugged glaciers of the Neacola Mountains, to the open tundra expanses of the Brooks Range, With literally thousands of nights camped in the Alaska wilderness in all seasons, we have refined camp craft to a science. Expedition quality tents, included large group tents, and only the best cooking equipment accompany each and every one of our winter wilderness trips. Not only does including the finest equipment make camp life more comfortable, it also adds a level of safety to trips that could otherwise be relentlessly unforgiving to the unprepared. In other words, we take our winter camping very seriously! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself waiting out a storm in the group tent while your guide serves up hot drinks, sumptuous meals, and excellent company!
Lake Clark National Park and the Neacola Mountains:
Why go to the Neacola Mountains? Because the Neacola Mountains are one of the most spectacular mountain environments anywhere on earth. The Neacolas are a favorite of many of our guides.
Where is Lake Clark? Lake Clark itself and its surrounding 4 million-acre national park are located approximately 150 miles west-southwest of Anchorage.
How do you get to Lake Clark and the Neacola Mountains? Access to Lake Clark National Park is solely by small aircraft or, in some instances, by boat. For glacier landings, we'll use small plane equipped with wheel skis.
Is transportation to Lake Clark included in the price of the trip? Absolutely, our expeditions include all transportation from Anchorage. All you need to do is get yourself to Anchorage on Day 1 of your itinerary.
Where will you meet us? Your Alaska Alpine Adventures guide will meet you at 4 PM at the B&B on the afternoon of day 1, at which point you’ll head to our Anchorage shop for an orientation, gear check and dinner featuring local craft pizza and brews.
Who will I be flying with and what time will we be departing on day two? Your guides will meet you at the hotel at 7:30AM. You'll drive with your guides in a comfortable 15 passenger van to Kenai, Alaska, about 3 hours to the south of Anchorage. From there, we'll be flying with Alaska West Air Taxi into the Neacola Mountains. Doug Brewer, the owner and operator of Alaska West, has been flying into the range longer than anyone, and you'll immediately realize why we chose to fly with him. He's simply one of the best in the business.
Getting to Alaska
This trip begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Getting to Anchorage is a snap. Alaska Airlines, your travel agent, online travel sources, or the carrier of your choice are options to easily arrange roundtrip airfare from international cities or the lower 48.
Access to Lake Clark National Park and the Neacola Mountains is limited to air travel in a small airplane flown by an experienced bush pilot. This adventure includes ski-plane flights between Kenai, Alaska and the Lake Clark wilderness. Have your camera in hand, because your expedition begins here. This will probably be your first experience in a small aircraft, and a memorable one at that! The 60+ minute flight from Kenai to the Lake Clark Wilderness takes you over some of the most remote and beautiful country in Alaska, with towering peaks and tumbling glaciers right off the wing tips. Our pilot has spent years flying in this area and you’ll immediately understand why we choose to fly with him.
Lodging on night one is included in your package. We use only the best properties in Anchorage, and they are comfortable and conveniently located downtown. Prices are double occupancy. If you prefer your own room on night one you will be asked to pay a single supplement of $110.00. The remaining nights will be spent camping in the wilderness!
- All group gear: Expedition quality tents, large group tent, all cooking equipment & eating utensils
- Safety Equipment: Satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
- Complimentary airport transfer
- Van transportation from Anchorage to the air taxi in Kenai
- All necessary bush flights
- Accommodations in Anchorage on night one
- Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 guest to guide ratio
- All meals from dinner on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary
- Storage for your extra travel items while in the field
- Lodging in Anchorage prior to and after your adventure
- Personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, ski apparel, etc.) - See Equipment Lists
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Additional hotel nights in Anchorage or Kenai due to weather delays
- Alcoholic beverages
- Guide gratuities
Reservation & Cancellation Policy
A deposit of $1000.00 per person is required to reserve a trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. Reservations made within 60 days of the trip starting date require payment in full.
If the participant cancels a reservation earlier than 60 days prior to the starting date, the deposit will be refunded, minus a $100.00 administration fee. If the participant cancels within 59-31 days of the starting date, 50% of the trip balance will be refunded. If cancellation is made within 30-0 days of the trip starting date, there will be no refund of any costs. Alaska Alpine Adventures recommends cancellation insurance available through Travel Guard. Please call or email us for details.
Trip Cancellations or Delays
Alaska Alpine Adventures reserves the right to cancel or change the itinerary of a trip. In the event that Alaska Alpine Adventures cancels your trip and you are unable to participate, the total balance will be refunded. Occasionally, weather or other factors may cause delays or make completing a trip impossible. In these circumstances, there will be no refund of fees. Furthermore, Alaska Alpine Adventures is not responsible for any other costs, (e.g. airline flight changes, additional hotel nights, etc.) associated with trip delays or itinerary changes due to weather or other factors.
In order to assure any Alaska Alpine Adventures departure, a minimum number of participants must sign up. Our Skiing the Neacolas trip requires a minimum of 3 guests to guarantee departure. However we will operate our adventures at below the minimum required for a modest surcharge. Please see our Reservations Page for more information regarding trip minimums.