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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 41 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 36-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. An education administrator in off season, he is an adventurer and explorer, an expert on all things Alaska. Born & raised in Alaska, 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 26 year resident of Alaska As a retired 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 35 years and father of 3, and grandfather 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.

Ella Embree was born in the interior of Alaska and raised in the great Matanuska Valley. This Alaskan native, who harvests moose, berries and salmon, loves to truly enjoy the fruit of the land.  She recently celebrated 20 years of marriage, kept alive by exploring the great outdoors on foot, ski, or even tandem biking together.  She is a blogger and a Community Outreach Manager while balancing raising three teenagers.  Her enthusiasm when spotting animals, her love of nature, and her kindness provides the truly Alaskan experience to any tour.

Sheri Thomson has called Alaska her home since 1974. As a young person, she accompanied her parents exploring Alaska from top to bottom, shore to shore. Sheri gained her experience as a seasonal lodge employee in remote lodges, commercial fishre person in the fishing industry, crewing on long-line trawlers and drag-netters, even living aboard a 200ft floating processing plant out of Dutch Harbor.  Continuing in the Alaskan way, Sheri became an equipment operator and construction flagger, allowing her to travel a large part or Alaska, both on and off the road system. Sheri looks forward to sharing Alaska with guests and helping make your adventure a story to tell.

Lyle Busbey a lifelong Alaskan of over fifty years and father of two, was born and raised in Palmer, AK. Through his years as an athlete and coach, he has traveled to all corners of Alaska and the U.S. Lyle just completed his 30th year teaching Physical Education in the Mat-Su School District. Besides coaching youth and high school sports, Lyle enjoys hiking in the mountains, fishing, and gardening. Lyle is excited to bring the same enthusiasm for coaching to his tours and share the great history and stories of Alaska!

Terry Boyle  came into the Alaskan country in 1981 and has worked throughout Alaska from the North Slope to South East and most parts in between: 30 years as a guide, 24 years as an Iditarod volunteer for this “Last Great Race”, 19 years as a Bering Sea commercial fisherman, and more than 10 years working in Alaska construction & real estate. All these experiences give him a wealth of insight, immense knowledge of Alaska, and a wealth of stories he is willing to share.

Patrick Chauvin is a 31 year resident of Alaska, father of 5, grandfather of 11 and proud veteran of the USAF. Following his love for water, he became a member of the Navy’s Maintenance team, which lead him all over the world. He has circumnavigated the state of Alaska on water, from Ketchikan to the Beaufort sea, earning him his certified “Blue Nose” for crossing the arctic circle over water. Patrick spent 3 yrs in the remote village of Galena on the Yukon river, a check point of the Iditarod Race & home to a strategic AFB during WWII. Patrick’s motto is put you at ease, make you feel welcome and leave you with a smile.


Sales Administrator:

Erica Riser
is a 34-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 15 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:

Susan Elwell
is a 30 year resident of Alaska. Over the years she has traveled across the state from Barrow to Homer. Mother of 2, she has enjoyed fishing and hunting with her family, as well as flying across Alaska with her bush-pilot hubby.  With over 35 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:

Misty Dawn Holcomb
 is a 37 year resident of Alaska. Born and raised in Alaska, she has first hand knowledge of the area!  Having worked throughtout Alaska, 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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