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Sundog Ski Guides is a backcountry ski and splitboard guide service specializing in tours of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains.


Sundog Ski Guides is a backcountry ski and splitboard guide service specializing in tours of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges of Southcentral Alaska. We offer tours for folks of all ability levels, from low-angle meadow skipping to steep committing Alaskan spines.  Sundog Ski Guides employs local guides with their finger on the pulse of current conditions. Sundog Ski Guides is committed to combining our passion for skiing and our knowledge of Alaska to provide the best backcountry ski and splitboarding touring experiences.

Mike Welch Sundog Ski Guides


Mike Welch founded Sundog Ski Guides to unite his greatest joys, exploring the mountains of Alaska and sharing their beauty with others. Mike started his ski career in 1995 ski patrolling at Hilltop ski area in Anchorage, Alaska.  He ski patrolled at Arctic Valley and Alyeska Resort, then joined Alta Ski Patrol in Utah. He joined Chugach Powder Guides in 2007, becoming CPG snow safety director in 2017.  Mike shares his home in Girdwood, Alaska with his partner Tatiana and daughter Sylvie, who both love to ski. 




    Melanee's life started in a cabin homestead in Haines, Alaska. Raised with 3 siblings her adventurous parents started them skiing and exploring early. Alaska's unforgiving weather and 30 years of backcountry skiing has humbled and shaped her into a person who listens to the mountains. Owning Chugach Adventures with her husband Ari, she operates as a raft, kayak & glacier guide in summer. As a veteran ski guide she continues to fine tune her skills through Avalanche & Snow Science education. She agrees with her brother Miles when he wrote at 9 , “I want to ski until I can't ski anymore.”

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    George grew up skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Area, ID. His ski passion lead him to Utah, training on the U.S. Ski Team for three seasons. Following college he worked for the Forest Service in Alaska, pursuing ski objectives in some of the world’s largest mountains. For ten years he has lived above Girdwood, AK where he owns and operates his own ski tow rope, accessing tremendous terrain from his backyard. He teaches avalanche classes with the Alaska Avalanche School and guides for CPG. His guiding includes two seasons in Chamonix, five years in Iceland, and an extended Caucus Mountains trip.

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Ph: +1.907.382.1298


P.O. Box 505, 
Girdwood, Alaska

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