Photo Gallery: A Remarkable Season Guiding in Alaska

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I spent the 2017/18 season in Alaska, guiding folks from all over the world across its incredible landscape. One of my best days was ironically the worst day of the season for conditions; with rain crust to treeline, sun crust on solar and wind hammered high alpine. Good to have these reminders that it doesn’t have to be great conditions or having to complete an objective to have a successful day. A bluebird day in March to a summit that I’ve never been to before and guests that were up for an adventure regardless of the snow quality – that was the recipe for a good day!

Views of Turnagain arm – on my “best but worst” day of the year guiding in Alaska.

Views of Turnagain arm – on my “best but worst” day of the year guiding in Alaska.

Always fun running into people in the mountains: my colleague, friend and now business partner Joe Stock - guiding in Alaska

Always fun running into people in the mountains: my colleague, friend and now business partner Joe Stock – guiding in Alaska

Joe Stock and I, along with Elliot Gaddy have started Alaska Guide Collective. This past season was our first year of operation after 1.5 years of set up. I’m pumped to be working with these guys and running my trips under our own banner.

Pretty cool to have this high school backcountry ski program up from Maine for a trip in Alaska. We spent 4 days camping out and one more day trip in another area. Wish I had this in high school!

Powder runs await on the other side of the pass- guiding in Alaska.

Powder runs await on the other side of the pass- guiding in Alaska.

Morning light and mountains make for epic views while guiding in Alaska.

Morning light and mountains make for epic views while guiding in Alaska.

That realization there are too many ski lines to get to in a lifetime - guiding in Alaska.

That realization there are too many ski lines to get to in a lifetime – guiding in Alaska.

This season marked my 10th winter in Alaska. Also, a year I will remember for truly falling in love with my home area. So much more to explore, literally a lifetime’s worth.

Up at the Hatcher Pass area for powder skiing on a beautiful day while guiding in Alaska.

Up at the Hatcher Pass area for powder skiing on a beautiful day while guiding in Alaska.

Camping out and skiing with views of “The Library” in Turnagain Pass while guiding in Alaska.

Camping out and skiing with views of “The Library” in Turnagain Pass while guiding in Alaska.

"The Library" is a great place for some learning - guiding in Alaska.

“The Library” is a great place for some learning – guiding in Alaska.

A spring highlight was a 9-day trip into the Alaska Range – Denali National Park. Guiding in Alaska.

A spring highlight was a 9-day trip into the Alaska Range – Denali National Park. Guiding in Alaska.

After 5 weeks of strong spring storm systems the weather cleared and we flew into the mountains. Those storms had accumulated 20-30 feet of new snow (according to climbing rangers, and I believe them… it was storming hard!)

Skate skiing on the frozen glacier to our next objective while guiding in Alaska.

Skate skiing on the frozen glacier to our next objective while guiding in Alaska.

Mt. Foraker - guiding in Alaska.

Mt. Foraker – guiding in Alaska.

She’s a beast! Out of 31 trips I’ve done into the central Alaska Range, this has got to be the best vantage point I’ve had of Mt. Foraker (aka Sultana). With 13,400 feet of vertical rise from the glacier below, a photo does not do it justice.

Definitely had some good pow days while guiding in Alaska!

Definitely had some good pow days while guiding in Alaska!

Awesome couple from Canada for 3 days! - guiding in Alaska

Awesome couple from Canada for 3 days! – guiding in Alaska

Awesome couple from Canada for 3 days! - guiding in Alaska

Awesome couple from Canada for 3 days! – guiding in Alaska

Running into locals while guiding in Alaska.

Running into locals while guiding in Alaska.

I was also joined by a stoked crew of local Alaskans. With tons of wilderness and whitewater experience, they were looking to get their feet off to the right start and expand their skill set to include glacier travel in the big mountains behind their homes.

Checking in on the daily snow study plot.- Guiding in Alaska.

Checking in on the daily snow study plot.- Guiding in Alaska.

Great use of the Voile XXL Straps. Securing all the sharps together for the plane pickup from Talkeetna Air Taxi. - Guiding in Alaska.

Great use of the Voile XXL Straps. Securing all the sharps together for the plane pickup from Talkeetna Air Taxi. – Guiding in Alaska.

The tools for the trade for guiding in Alaska!

The tools for the trade for guiding in Alaska!

Thanks for viewing! I’ll see you out there.


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Nick D'Alessio

Location: Girdwook, AK


Facebook Business Page: Remarkable Adventures


Born and raised in New Hampshire, Nick began climbing and skiing mountains as soon as he could walk. His drive for wild places brought him to Alaska in 2007 and he never left. As an AMGA Certified Ski Guide, Nick teaches avalanche courses, guides backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering trips all over Alaska's great mountain ranges. His career has become his lifestyle and he wouldn't have it any other way. When not working, Nick is taking his enthusiasm deeper into the hills and rivers on personal trips. Nick loves to share his knowledge about safe mountain travel and looks forward to sharing his passion for the mountains with you.


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