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Alaska Experts for over 25 years

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Phone: (800) 580-3494

Alaska Experts for over 25 years

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Our Experts

Our Alaska tour guides and experts offer an experience only long-time residents can bring to your Alaskan adventure experience. Our stories we share are authentic Alaskan!

Meet Our Alaska Tour Guides & Experts


Operations Administrator:

Corky Champagne
is a 39 year resident of Alaska. Over the years, her adventures have taken her on river boats down remote tributaries of the Yukon River, on flights in both helicopter and small planes across Alaska from Seward to Tanana. As a pioneering woman, she is an expert when it comes to travel in and around the Last Frontier. She has also enjoyed travel on the famous Inside Passage route with both Alaska Marine Highway and major cruise lines. Involved in Alaska’s tourism industry for over 25 years, she will be happy to share some of her experiences with you while planning or guiding your Alaska vacation. Her expertise will ensure the “little details” of your trip will go off without a hitch.


Operations Adventure Guides:

Will Pace
 is a 34-year resident of Alaska. Over the years his travels have taken him from Prudhoe Bay to the Aleutian Chain, from the Koyukuk River to the southeast Inside Passage. As a land surveyor in off season, he is an adventurer and explorer, an expert on remote Alaska. From face-to-face bear encounters, to surviving the elements, he can share hair-raising to hilarious experiences with you, while helping you plan or while guiding your Alaska vacation.


Dwight Homstad
is a 21 year resident of Alaska As an educator, he spent 3 years in the remote wind-swept Aleutians – 650 miles southwest of Anchorage and then 18 years in the Matanuska Valley. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota and worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 8 years as a fire fighter and forestry technician. Married for 30 years and father of 3, he enjoys outdoor activities from hiking the mountains in the summer to skijoring w/two Alaskan huskies in the winter. He brings to guiding a vast knowledge of the animals, plants and native regions of Alaska. His peaceful demeanor and light-hearted jokes will enhance any one of the Alaska adventures you choose.


Cathy Hart
is a 12 year resident of Alaska. She was born and raised in Oregon, only to find her free spirit called her to explore the Great Northwest. From Yellowstone Nat’l Park in Montana, to the High Sierra of California and Nevada, when she took an opportunity to travel North to Alaska. Cathy’s love of horses and wilderness motivated her nomadic lifestyle, working as backcountry cook, guide, teamster, ranch cook, fish camp and North Slope cook and adventure guide in Alaska. Her infectious laugh will pull you in as she shares her stories and knowledge of Alaska.


Chad Alaniva
is a 35 year resident of Alaska. Born a military brat he moved to North Pole, Alaska in 1974, but his family now calls Wasilla home. A graduate of Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, he has been a Special Education teacher for 13 years, as well as basketball and wrestling coach. He loves the beauty of Alaska and being in the outdoors enjoying 4 wheeling, snow machining, fishing and hunting. His background gives him a great advantage when guiding families, sharing this wonderful home state with our guests and says it keeps him out of trouble at home in the summer.


Sales Administrator:

Erica Riser
is a 25-year resident of Alaska. Raised in Eagle River and Wasilla, Alaska, she enjoys sharing all that Alaska has to offer! She has traveled throughout Alaska, having been as far north as Nome and as far south as Juneau. Erica has worked within the Alaska Travel Industry for over 10 years designing tours for Alaska travelers. An expert in Alaska Travel, she specializes in Denali and Seward, two of Alaska’s most scenic areas. She brings creativity, dedication and Alaska know-how in assisting you with your Alaska Adventure!


Accounts Administrator:

Misty Holder
is a 30 year resident of Alaska. Over the years she has traveled across the state from Barrow to Homer. She grew up in the small town of Talkeetna, with only 700 residents and eventually settled in the only “Colony” in the US, set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the largest “New Deal Resettlement” of over 204 farming families to the current town of Palmer, Alaska. With over 15 years accounting experience, she brings integrity and honesty to our finance department. Rest assured, you will receive premium service and assistance whenever you interact with our accounts department.


Chalet Administrator:

Audrey Derleth is a 25 year resident of Alaska. Born and raised in Alaska, she has first hand knowledge of the area!  Having worked in tourism for six years after completing 4 years of travel academics in the lower 48, she will be available to help in either your planning process or our local needs while staying in our chalets.  Mother of one, her summer days are filled with fishing, camping, hiking and fun-filled local adventures.


Housekeeping Administrator:

Danielle Nichole
is a native born Alaskan. For over 30 years she has enjoyed life in the frozen north. Her explorations have included Resurrection Bay, Prince William Sound, Valdez to Prudhoe Bay & the Alaska-Canada Highway. As a “Survey Line & Grademan” to a skincare “Esthetician” in her off season, she is varied in her skill set. Her kind assistance will impart her compassion for all our guests while staying with us on any of our adventures. She will strive to create the perfect home-away-from home environment for your vacation.


Maintenance Administrator:

Jared Peterson
is a 10 year resident of Alaska. Born in Alaska, it is his first love. He moved away as a child, with his parents, but has returned to the land of eagles and bears! A commercial Fisherman in off season, Jared spends his summer days throwing nets to supply salmon to all that desire it. Aspiring to secure his own boating / fishing company in the future, he brings a strong work ethic to our company. Your tour will be smooth as butter due to his stringent fleet safety inspection controls.


Our Alaska tour guides and experts not only whisk you off to spectacular local desitnations for an adventure extrordinare, but here you can fully experience your Alaska dream vacation.

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