Guide Book

Alaska Backcountry Skiing:  Valdez & Thompson Pass

by Matt Kinney


“Like many skiers, I’ve been brainwashed into believing the only way to ski the Valdez Chugach Mountains of Alaska is by helicopter.  Boy, was I wrong.”
– Lou Dawson –

This guidebook, published in 2006, includes 25 day routes and one expedition route in the eastern Chugach range surrounding Valdez and Thompson Pass.  The book also includes weather data, avalanche and terrain information, safety information, and history.  Each route is accompanied by a photo and topographical map.


The book can be ordered through Thompson Pass Treks.  It is also available online through Title Wave Books, REI in Anchorage, and Gulliver Books in Fairbanks.

The cost for the book is $22.50 and includes shipping to the Lower 48 States only.
Please contact us by email for shipping elsewhere.

We do not take credit card orders.

A check can be mailed to:

Matt Kinney
Box 1540
Valdez, Alaska 99686-1540

Expect about 1-2 weeks for your order.

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