Spencer Glacier Snowmobile Tour
Duration: 3.5+ hours
Location: Spencer Glacier 50 miles south of Anchorage near Portage and 10 miles south of Girdwood in the Chugach National Forest at 175′ elevation. Seward Highway meeting location is near mile post 79.
Winter Season: Running trips February 17th – 20th and 22nd – 23rd in 2017. ABA’s Iditarod Expedition is at capacity Feb 24th till March 15th. In late March ABA is running Nelchina Glacier Snowmobile Tours, custom multi-day tours, rentals and expeditions with over 15 years of Alaska backcountry guiding experience. For your complete satisfaction please make plans and reservations well in advance. Looking forward to seeing you on the trail in 2017!
Activity Miles: 25
Snowmobile to the face of Spencer, Skookum or Twentymile glaciers controlling your own sled at Alaska’s #1 winter past time. Snowmachines, as Alaskans call them, offer nearly unlimited access to traverse snowy meadows, cross frozen rivers and pass towering mountains on the ride to a remote blue ice destination.
Backcountry powder snowmobiles make the difference when freeriding in meadows to hone your skills. Most sleds have heavy duty gas shocks, plastic skid plates and deep lug tracks so little bumps are not a problem.
Experienced guides lead the way on a loop ride of the glacier valleys not just an out-n-back trip. Snowmobiling requires balance in sloping terrain, eye-hand coordination and a strong sense of adventure to help you navigate the snowy terrain.
Icebergs frozen in the lake are scenic obstacles heading to the blue serac blocks and columns of ice thrusting from the glaciers face. Take plenty of photos as we explore the glacier and enjoy a trailside hot drink and snack.
Bring warm layers and ski jackets/pants to supplement our bib and jacket outerwear system. Gloves with decent articulation work best with the handlebar warmers. Arctic boots, helmets, gloves, balaclavas, jackets and bibs available to supplement your warm layers, please provide sizing. Remember to bring small cameras, camera cases, sunglasses and personal items.
Exhilarating snowmobiling to glaciers are a highlight of Alaska!
Spencer Glacier Snowmobile Tour Price: $250 adult (15 years and older) Meets at trail-head 11:00 AM with 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM departures peak season. Allow 3-4 hours
Spencer Glacier Snowmobile Tour from Girdwood *when available* Price: $270 adult (15 years and older) Meets at Hotel Alyeska front lobby 10:30 AM with 9 AM and 2 PM departures peak season. Allow 5 hours
Spencer Glacier Snowmobile Tour from Anchorage *when available* Price: $350 adult (15 years and older) Departs downtown and mid-town Anchorage 9:30 AM with 8 AM and 1 PM departures peak season. Allow 7 hours
****Winter 2017 update: Spencer and Skookum Glaciers in Placer Valley near Girdwood and Alyeska are open to snowmobiles. The Chugach National Forest determines when there is enough snow and ice, typically mid-January to mid-February. Latest snow conditions and to openers are at the bottom of the CNFAIC website.****
Private Spencer Glacier ride experiencing the Alaskan Backcountry with your own guide. Exclusive access to the most experienced snowmachine guides in Alaska. Ad-on is $1000 for small groups.
Professional video and photos of your snowmobile adventure by: Kelly Brooks Productions Share your experience with a fast paced video cut to music of your choice including all the highlights of your trip! Multiple go-pros mounted for a variety of shots with a professional photographer utilizing plus 5d mark III for high definition DSL with us for the entire tour. Exports will enable you to upload on social media, email your video and also have a copy in high definition. Ad $1200 for small groups.
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All Alaska Snowmachine Tours:
* Roundtrip tours must be booked in advance and are not always available
** Adults must accompany riders 15-17 years old.
Passengers and youth aged 10-14 yrs receive a $70 discount (see Book Now button) however we have limited availability of 2 up (rider + passenger) machines and departures for 2 up tours. Bring warm layers, wool sox, small cameras, hats and gloves, sunglasses and sense of adventure. Our snowmobiles are mostly 500, 600 and 700cc liquid cooled mountain and cross-country models with 2 ups being 570 fan cooled. Snowmobiling is inherently dangerous, participants are required to sign a Release of Liability and Indemnity Form. We have outerwear including snow bibs, jackets, boots and helmets. Please provide sizing info when booking online to supplement your outdoor gear requirements. Alaska Snowmobile Tours is a division of Alaska Backcountry Access LLC.