New For 2019: AKG International Ski Touring Destinations
Anna Keeling Guiding Northern Hemisphere
Come and share an incredible adventure with Anna in the Northern Hemisphere. Anna is based in Salt Lake City, Utah from January until July. In addition to hosting ski touring on the greatest snow on earth, Anna Keeling Guiding is expanding to include journeys to tour from a cozy yurt in the Ruby Mountains in Nevada (February-April), yacht-based excursions to tour in the Western Fiords of Iceland (May) and ship-based ski touring on the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula (November). Read on for fun times on skis….
All prices are quoted in US dollars for AKG Northern Hemisphere.
Join me in my local haunts in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. Containing the famous resorts of Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snow Basin and Powder Mountain, I’ve had 20 years in the range and would love to show you the powder stashes of ‘the greatest snow on earth’ (according to the number plates). The beauty of the Wasatch is the easy access and many options for storm skiing in the trees. It’s rare to cancel or postpone a day due to weather.
Salt Lake City and Park City are a cosmopolitan destinations with heaps of accommodation and restaurant options as well as shopping and sight-seeing in the Mormon capital. The free Mormon Tabernacle choir performances are not to be missed. Truly. Ski tour all day, dine and enjoy the metropolis by evening.
Cost: USD$600 per day for 3-6 people. $450 per day for two people. $400 for a one person private.
Ski and avalanche safety gear is not included but plenty of rental choices are available locally.
Tie a few days of ski touring onto your family ski holiday.
Good times guaranteed in SLC for all abilities including first time tourers!
Nevada: February-March 2019-2020
I’m excited to join with Ruby Mountain Heliskiing to offer 2-4 day snow-cat assisted ski touring from the Ruby yurt. Situated at 9700 feet, the ski touring is literally at the front door of this cozy heated refuge. The remote Ruby mountain range sits out in the Great Basin of Nevada, a grand, empty region where rivers don’t meet the sea and you can ski powder seemingly into the sagebrush desert. The Ruby Mountain base is La Moille, a tiny historic town 20 miles from the airport in Elko, Nevada. Salt Lake City is 3.5 hours drive to the east and Reno, Nevada is 4 hours drive to the west.
AKG dates: January through March: 4-people minimum (Winter Ruby High Yurt rates are based on and limited to a group of 4 guests).
Cost: $1000 per person
Lodging at the Yurt (heated).
Transportation into the yurt by helicopter or snow cat.
Transportation back to Ruby 360 Lodge by helicopter or snow cat.
Guided skiing with Anna Keeling for the duration of the trip.
Food: Guests must bring their own food. Catered meals available upon request – menu to be determined (guaranteed delicious!) Meals will be prepped at the Ruby 360 Lodge for easy fixing at the yurt.
Equipment: Please bring: Skis/poles or split board with touring bindings and skins. Avalanche safety tools: beacons, shovels and probe. Guests must also bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. We recommend bringing a 30-40L ski pack and another small duffle containing a change of clothes, hut shoes, sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
Helicopter: Heli lifts (or ‘bumps’) may be available at the option of RMH and cost $800 per lift. The machine can take 5 total ($200 per person).
[This exciting option is dependent on conditions at the time].
I join forces with my friend, the mellow and willowy athlete Emile Drinkwater (also IFMGA) of Cloud Splitter Mountain Guides to charter a boat in the Western Fiords of Iceland in May 2019. Each guide will take 4 guests on an incredible six days of ski touring on this excellent icy island nation. We’ll move from bay to bay each day to explore and ski as much as we want and return to the cozy yacht at night for gourmet meals. Having a nice low1:4 guide: guest ratio in each group ensures flexibility for meeting ski aspirations.
This trip is suitable for a wide variety of skiers and abilities but is recommended for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers who are equally strong skiing both uphill and downhill in a variety of off-piste conditions. Just like New Zealand! Depending on weather and conditions, days might include as much as 1300m/4000’ of vertical and 10-15km of touring while carrying a 10kg pack. AT or telemark skis are preferable but experienced splitboarders are welcome, too.
Fly from the capital Reykjavik to the fishing town of Ísafjörður. From there we sail to the remote Hornstrandir Nature Preserve and spend our days skiing deep in Iceland's fjords, just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle. While we probably won't see another skier out there, we will likely see northern lights, Arctic Fox, seals, whales, and Eider ducks.
Day 1: You’ll meet me in the morning on day 1 in Ísafjörður for a welcome brief. Then we head to join the yacht Aurora for our journey. Depart from Ísafjörður at 14:00, with 2-4 hours of sailing to Hesteyri in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. We will relax at anchor and maybe explore on the Zodiac and take a look at the old whaling station that once was the driving force in this now abandoned settlement. Since it will still bright in the evening in May, we’ll have the option for a short ski run.
Day 2: We’ll begin the day with safety briefing, avalanche search exercise, and an explanation of what to do in case of emergency. We will then ski from Hesteyrarfjörður to Veiðileysufjörður. The climb up Hesteyrarfjörður is easy and the ski slopes on the other side offer many possibilities. We may end the day by skiing the steepest slope of the trip, 45°-50° in steepness (of course this is optional—you can head down to the boat if you prefer!). Dinner will be at anchor in Veiðileysufjörður.
Day 3: Today we will ski to Lónafjörður (Lagoon fjord). Our day begins a climb to one of the cols to look at the bays on the north side. We’ll ski down to the first valley in Lónafjörður and climb at least two more mountains before meeting Aurora again in the afternoon.
Day 4: Here, we normally spend an extra day at the beautiful Rangali anchorage. There are endless opportunities for skiing - from steep couloirs to rolling hills. One route will take us to the Snókur mountain with a good view of the coastal mountains on the east side of Hornstrandir. Often there is an opportunity to pick mussels for an après ski snack!
Day 5: Today we skin up from the Sópandi inlet and over to Hrafnfjörður (Raven Fjord). The mountain cirque at the head of the fjord is very beautiful and the anchorage is a perfect spot to spend the night.
Day 6: We will have a morning ski session before sailing back to Ísafjörður, with arrival around 16:00 in the afternoon. You can catch the last flight from Ísafjörður that night, though we suggest staying at least one night in Ísafjörður to relax and get to know this old and beautiful town.
Cost: $3450 per person.
• 6 days, 5 nights aboard the boat
• Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) aboard the boat
• Accomodation aboard the boat (berth in a shared cabin with shared bathrooms)
• Use of SUP boards
• Captain and crew
• IFMGA Mountain Guide
• 4:1 Guest to guide ratio
Does not include:
• Transportation to Isafjordur
• Alcoholic beverages (BYO)
• Gear/equipment rental
• Lodging/meals in Isafjordur
• Travel/accident Insurance
The Antarctic Peninsula and/or South Georgia Island: November 2020
AKG goes way South! After a couple of seasons venturing to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia on foot, I’m ready to take you to ski there. Join me for a 2 or 3week journey to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia Island to ski among penguins, whales and extraordinary human history. For this journey, I join the superbly organised and experienced polar people of Aurora Expeditions to offer another low ratio trip of 1:4 guide to guest.
It’s all awesome - from the extremely southern Argentinian town of Ushaia where we meet the expedition ship to the passage across the Drake, to that unforgettable moment when we glimpse the looming ice of the Southern Continent for the first time. Zodiacs take us ashore to ski. We’ll land among penguins and seals and on a lucky day we’ll ski and watch whales at the same time. The ski possibilities are huge, first descents are an option. This place has to be seen. After getting your fill of skiing and wildlife viewing, we return to the ship for excellent meals and festivities. It’s a big trip, definitely one for the record books of life.
Price depends on cabin choice. Early bookings guarantee best prices. Contact me for details on how to sign up. Gob-smacking scenic wonder, good times and wild skiing guaranteed!