Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic ~ 2018

"ANWR" Route
(Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
"Gates" Route
(Gates of the Arctic National Park)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Special Use Permits for both routes (ANWR and Gates) are pending approval by NPS and USFWS. Any Classic registrations we receive prior to permit approvals will tentatively be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not anticipate denial of either permit application at this time; however, should either permit not be granted, we will notify the affected registrants as soon as practical.

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 30 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 course has a set start point, and when the gun goes off, skiers are free to pick their preferred route through the backcountry. The course is typically between 100 and 150 miles long and most participants complete the event in 5-8 days. Skiers are encouraged to travel in teams rather than individually, but groups of skiers who travel at the same pace typically stay together.

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

The 2018 AMWSC will be held in the Brooks Range and will include two course options. The "Gates Route" and the "ANWR Route" are both scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Each course will accommodate up to 25 skiers; however, the combined overall total for the two courses will be capped at 40.

All applications must be approved by the event director (Dave Cramer), prior to being accepted. Again, please be aware that registration is not currently open. The registration process will begin as each course's permit application is approved by the land management agencies.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and once the slots are full, three additional standby registrations will be accepted for each route (3 Gates, 3 ANWR).

Only AMWSC veteran applications and highly qualified rookie applications will be accepted for the ANWR Route, which starts at Atigun River Gorge near Mile 275 on the Dalton Highway.

All qualified applications will be accepted for the Gates Route, which will start at Mile 278 near Galbraith Lake on the Dalton Highway.

The finish deadline for both routes is at is midnight on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Arctic Getaway Rental Cabins & Breakfast in Wiseman, Alaska. Multiple route options for each course have been provided and are described in full detail in the AMWSC Event Information links below.

2018 Event Information

ANWR RouteGates Route
Event Information

Registration Form


Map A (9 M)

Map B (4.4 M)

Map C (4 M)

General Map (2.3 M)

Bailout Routes (8.9 M)

Event Information

Registration Form


Map 1 (2.7 M)

Map 2A (2.7 M)

Map 2B (2.4 M)

History of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic

Photo Gallery

AMWSC History & Top Finishers

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