Black Rapids Tours by Steven Miley Photography - Winter (October - April)


Reserve Your Winter Adventure Today!

Rates (includes snowshoe rental)


Private Half-day Tours (4-6 hours)
1 Person $300
2 People $350
3 People $450
Each additional person $75 (up to 6 max)

Private Full-day Tours (8-12 hours)
1 Person $400
2 People $450
3 People $575
Each extra person $100 (up to 6 max)


Alaska Resident & Military Discount: Parties with at least one Alaska resident or active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount. (ID required.)
Add $30 per person for professional adventure portraits. (Full-size digital files delivered via web download after your hike.)
Receive a discount when you also book an Aurora Borealis Photography Tour. (Please inquire.)

All tours are private and involve no technical rock or ice climbing. Maximum group size 6; special arrangements must be made for larger groups up to 10. Children are welcome on tours but there is no youth discount; see age recommendations in difficulty ratings below. Full payment is required to reserve a tour. A 50% cancellation fee is charged when reservations are canceled at least three days in advance. No refunds are given for cancellations made less than three days in advance. Tours may be canceled due to extreme cold (below about -15 °F), in which case your tour will be rescheduled or fully refunded. However, 0° F is near average during the coldest months (December & January) and it’s actually a comfortable temperature to recreate in once your blood gets flowing, so clients should prepare to face cold temperatures and dress appropriately. For complete tour policies and more tour information, see the Black Rapids Tours FAQ.


Difficulty Ratings are assigned to each route as follows:
Easy: Low mileage & elevation gain, easy snow travel, suitable for people of average fitness and kids about 7 and up
Moderate: Rugged terrain, higher mileage, and/or breaking trail required, suitable for people of good fitness and kids about 10 and up
Difficult: Very high mileage, rugged terrain, and/or significant trail breaking required, suitable for tough kids about 12 and up

Please contact me if you have questions about the difficulty of a particular route. Keep in mind that snowshoeing requires more energy than walking, and breaking trail through deep snow can be very strenuous. Using alpine touring skis to travel in the backcountry is generally easiest, but I do not provide ski rentals. (Beaver Sports in Fairbanks rents them.) Snow conditions can greatly affect the difficulty of a particular route, and cold weather may make any trip challenging. You may change your selected route anytime before your tour starts, and I may suggest exchanging routes based on weather, snow conditions and other factors as your tour date approaches.


Black Rapids Glacier

Wild hike, spectacular sights. Plan on getting home late.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult (full-day only)


Canwell Glacier

A 2.5 mile snowshoe or ski leads to a majestic crumbling ice wall and great views of Institute Peak. Explore the expansive moraine for more ice features and great views.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (half-day); Moderate to Difficult (full-day)


Onemile Creek Frozen Waterfall

Snowshoe up a scenic mountain creek to an impressive frozen waterfall.

Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate (half-day only)


Castner Glacier

An easy hike or snowshoe leads to an ice cave at the glacier terminus. Roam the glacier looking for more caves and other interesting features or views of the glacier stretching for miles up the valley.

Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate (half-day); Moderate to Difficult (full-day)

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Fels Glacier

A forgotten glacier in a rugged mountain valley with a dramatic view of Snow White’s west face.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult (full-day only)


Scenic Mountain Creek Exploring

Explore one of many scenic & quiet mountain creeks featuring cliffs, frozen waterfalls, pristine snow, and more.

Difficulty Rating: Easy to Difficult (half or full-day)


Winter Hiking

Want to hike something in winter that doesn’t require technical climbing or mountaineering skills & gear? A little snowshoeing or post-holing can usually get you to windblown slopes and ridges that are just as easy to hike in the winter as they are in summer.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult (full-day only)


“No Name” Glacier

A 6-mile hike/snowshoe/ski up a seldom-visited mountain valley leads to a glacier with no name.

Difficulty Rating: Difficult (full-day only)