Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic ~ 2019

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 2019 AMWSC will be held in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range and will begin on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The course will accommodate up to 30 skiers.

All applications must be approved by the event director (Dave Cramer), prior to being accepted.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and once the slots are full, three additional standby registrations will be accepted.

The finish deadline is at midnight on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at The Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge on the Old Tok Cutoff near Tok, Alaska. Multiple route options for the course have been provided and are described in full detail in the AMWSC Event Information links below.

2020 Event Information

Updated Event Information

Registration Form


Updated Map 1 (Start, 6.9 M)

Updated Map 1 (Finish, 7.5 M)

History of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic

Photo Gallery

AMWSC History & Top Finishers

Alaska Magazine Articles
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