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 2016 AMWSC will begin Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Galbraith Lake, Alaska, Mile 261 Dalton Highway. The finish deadline is at is midnight on Sunday April 10, 2016 at the Alaska’s Arctic Getaway Bed & Breakfast, Wiseman, Alaska. Three route options have been given and are described in full detail in the AMWSC Event Information link below.

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


Finish Sign In List 2016

2016 Route Maps

Stage 1 Map (2.6 M)

Stage 2A Map (2.6 M)

Stage 2B Map (2.3 M)

History of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic

Photo Gallery

AMWSC History & Top Finishers

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