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Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic

The Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic (AMWSC) is one of Alaska's unique, breathtaking and most challenging backcountry treks offered for cross country ski enthusiasts. The annual traverse through one of Alaska's major mountain ranges has endured for over 20 years, and the varying courses have been staged in the Wrangell-St. Elias, Chugach, Brooks and Alaska mountain ranges. Participants are fully self sufficient as they ski through the backcountry - there are no food drops, rest stations, or marked routes. Each route has a set start point, and when the gun goes off, skiers are free to pick the best route through the country. The route is typically between 100 and 150 miles long and most people complete the event in 5-8 days. Teams, rather than individuals, are encouraged, but groups of skiers who travel at the same pace typically stay together.

The location changes every three years, giving participants the opportunity to try new routes with unique challenges. Each location is chosen to give skiers both non-technical and mountaineering route options.

The 2015 AMWSC will begin Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the McCarthy B & B in McCarthy, Alaska, Mile 46 of the McCarthy Road. The finish of the AMWSC event is located at the Old Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge at Mile 96 of the Old Tok Cutoff Road. Five route options have been given and are described in full detail in the AMWSC Event Information link below. We are in the third year of the three year plan to use the McCarthy to Old Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge route.

Click on the links below for more information about the history of the AMWSC and this year's event route and application materials:


Event Information

Registration Form

2015 Route Maps

Maps (3.6 M)

History of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic

AMWSC 2013 Finish Sign In Sheet

AMWSC 2012 Finish Sign In Sheet

AMWSC 2011 Finish Sign In Sheet

AMWSC 2010 Finish Sign In Sheet

AMWSC 2009 Finish Sign In Sheet

Photo Gallery

AMWSC Race History and Top Finishers

Alaska Magazine Articles
By Ned Rozell

Alaska Magazine 3-2000
Alaska Magazine 8-2002

Anchorage Daily News Articles
By Beth Bragg

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Fairbanks Daily News Miner Articles - Adobe PDF Files
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