Ski Mountaineering in Denali National Park


Exploratory, wilderness ski and splitboard mountaineering in the Ruth Gorge area of Denali National Park. Five nights of glacier camping supported by the Sheldon family’s original Mountain House hut. Guided by Alaskans who know the history of these mountains intimately plus small group size promise your safety, attention to your goals and big, big adventure.

Due to recent changes in NPS regulations this trip is not currently available 
Begins In
Ends In
Don Sheldon's Mountain House 
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Flightseeing tour over Denali National Park plus glacier landing 
Max Group Size
Intermediate, Advanced 
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Trip Includes
Semi-private guiding, scenic flight over Denali National Park, four nights at the Sheldon Mountain House, backcountry meals 
Not Included
Transportation to and from Talkeetna, food and accommodations in Talkeetna, personal ski mountaineering gear, personal winter camping gear 

Accessible terrain ranges from low-angle nordic skiing routes with broad vistas to world-class ski mountaineering objectives. Diverse options are within direct vicinity of the hut. Mt. Barrille (7,650 ft; 2331m) has been skied on this trip.

The Mountain House sits on a privately owned rock and ice outcrop at 6,000 ft., in the middle of the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of the Ruth Gorge.


To keep costs low and stoke high, the trip originates and concludes in Talkeetna. This little town nestled below Denali is Alaska’s mountaineering mecca. Food and accommodations in Talkeetna are not included. However, we do have a bunk house reserved and limited space is available in the Wild Alpine shuttle.

Reserve your spot early to share a ride and accommodations with us.


Six Day Itinerary

April 27: Travel to Talkeetna, overnight in Talkeetna. Guests are responsible for their own food & accommodations in town.

April 28: Half-day meeting with your guides and partners in Talkeetna to review trip logistics & issue group gear. Afternoon one-hour scenic flight from Talkeetna to the Sheldon Amphitheater. Set up glacier camp, review glacier travel skills, evening tour. Overnight on the glacier.

April 29: Morning tour from glacier camp. Afternoon move into the Mountain House. Overnight at the Mountain House.

April 30 – May 2: Full day instructional ski and splitboard mountaineering tours with a large objective in mind. Overnights at the Mountain House.

May 3: Morning tour, afternoon return flight to Talkeetna, de-issue group gear. Participants are responsible for their own food & accommodations in town. We recommend another overnight in Talkeetna as the Fairview Inn reliably provides a solid welcome from the high alpine!

About the Area



About Talkeetna

Historically, Talkeetna has served at the primary jumping-off point for mountaineers accessing Denali (aka Mount McKinley) and other popular areas of the Alaska Range. Comfortable accommodations, a good selection of restaurants, a local brewery and the popular Fairview Inn make this place a favorite staging spot for climbing parties. Located just two hours north of Anchorage, Talkeetna is accessible by road, rail and chartered airplane.

Round trip transpo between Talkeetna and the Mountain House is provided by Wild Alpine. Travel to Talkeetna from your point of origin is not. It takes roughly two hours to reach Talkeetna from Anchorage by shuttle or car and one hour to reach the Ruth Gorge from Talkeetna by air.

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Air Travel
Merrill Field and Lake Hood Seaplane Base are home to multiple carriers offering service between Anchorage and Talkeetna. With a little but of research, you’ll find lots of good options.

Car Rentals
From Anchorage, follow the

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New Seward Highway (AK-1) north to the Glenn Highway. Follow the Glenn to the George Parks Highway (AK-3) and continue north on the Parks. Continue on the Parks Highway for approximately 60 miles passing through Wasilla, Willow, Sunshine and other small communities on your way to the Talkeetna Spur Road. Turn right on the Talkeetna Spur Road, kamagra oral jelly heading east. You can’t viagra vs cialis miss Talkeetna – it’s at the end of the road.

Shuttle Service
There levitra dosage is limited space on the Wild Alpine shuttle. Contact us early to make a reservation.