A glacial valley is scraped out by the movement of ice over several millennia, like a dentist mining for gold fillings who gets trapped in a time hole. Get instant glacial gratification with today's Groupon: for $119, you get a half-day glacier snowmobile tour (a $239 value) from Alaska Backcountry Access, located in Portage.
Alaska Backcountry Access offers year-round family adventures, from canyoneering and jet boating in the summer to Iditarod sled-dog tours in the winter. Led by an experienced guide, intrepid tour-takers roar across the glacier’s sweeping white expanse astride growling mechanical snow-beasts. Gape in wonder at sheer blue ice cliffs, powder-packed mountain peaks, and Hollywood stars’ luxurious igloo hideaways on this five-hour excursion. Expeditions set out around 9 a.m. from Portage—transportation can be provided from nearby Girdwood if necessary—and return early in the afternoon. Warm gear, snacks, and Roald Amundsen sock puppets are provided.
Alaska Backcountry Access has an average of 4.5 owl eyes from TripAdvisors:
Alaska Backcountry Access
Determined to help visitors not just see but experience the majestic beauty of Chugach National Forest and Chugach State Park, Alaska Backcountry Access's guides offer day trips and multiday wilderness outings all yearlong. Come summer, the landscape springs to life as plants bloom and migratory animals return to the area. It is during these months that the guides lead outings exploring the region by land and by water. On whitewater rafting and kayaking trips, they traverse the surrounding waterways as snowmelt streams down the mountainsides, and their hikes journey throughout the canyons and forests while occasionally stopping to explore gold-panning sites or noteworthy natural features.
But their excursions don't stop for the winter—the guides simply change their approach. Snowmobiles, snowshoes, and portable snow-cone machines become the equipment of choice as the guides continue to lead trips throughout the area's frozen landscape.
194 Hightower Rd.
Girdwood, Alaska 99587