International Guiding with AKG

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 invites you on new adventues: yacht-based excursions to tour in the Western Fiords of Iceland and  ship-based ski touring on the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula (November).  Read on for fun times on skis….

Note: All prices are quoted in US dollars for AKG Northern Hemisphere.

Utah: Anytime

Join me in my local haunts in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains which contain 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.

More Info
  • Cost:  Varies according to group size ($500 for one person to $1200 for five).
  • 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!

Utah Gallery

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Exotic yacht-based touring in the Western Fiords of Iceland! Dates between March-May. 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 low 1:4 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 Fly from the capital Reykjavik to the fishing town of Isafjordur.  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 Isafjordur for a welcome brief.  Then we head to join the yacht Aurora for our journey. Depart from Isafjordur 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 Isafjordur, with arrival around 16:00 in the afternoon. You can catch the last flight from Isafjordur that night, though we suggest staying at least one night in Isafjordur to relax and get to know this old and beautiful town.

More Info
  • Cost:  Price on enquiry
  • Includes:
    • 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

Iceland Gallery

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The Antarctic Peninsula &/or South Georgia Island

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!