All tours convene and depart from the Great Alaskan Tourist Trap.
We have been a family owned business for over 20 years. We have combined our gift shop as a warm meeting place for you to get “Suited and booted” before your Snowmobile Tour. Don’t let the name fool you. The Great Alaskan Tourist Trap is a lively place, an upscale gift shop with a humorous twist. It’s the best trap in all of Alaska! We are located conveniently at the entrance to Girdwood, a scenic 45-minute drive South of Anchorage.
The staff at the Tourist Trap will help make your snowmobile tour reservations and arrange other activities for you such as dog sledding, flightseeing, transportation, or accommodations.
The Owners, Justin and Erin, take great pleasure in showing visiting guests a memorable and enjoyable trip. While Justin is out breaking new trails or running a tour, Erin makes sure that everything goes smoothly behind the scenes. Often she will spring herself from the “Trap” and join you on a snowmobile tour.
We are lucky to have some of the most seasoned guides in the whole state. They are not only highly trained in CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Responders, and Avalanche Awareness- but have a knack for showing you a great time.
“The Safety of our guests is our number one priority and their maximum enjoyment our personal challenge”.
The Passing of the Torch
Justin was “Just-a-Guide” when he first started working for Twirl in 2012 – now he and his wife Erin own Glacier City Tours and have expanded into a year round operator with the addition of Glacier City Rafting & Hiking! We now operate under US Forest Service permits for both winter and summer.
OPERATIONS MANAGER – JUSTIN SIEMENS
Guiding in Alaska and throughout the Chugach National Forest for 10 years in snowmobiling, rafting, kayaking, hiking, and more. He will show you a great time and keep you safe! Living in Alaska his whole life has allowed him to explore all the hidden gems the state has to offer – often times with his wife and adventure pups Skookum and Alyeska!
Certifications- CPR/AED, WFR, Swift Water Rescue Tech, Advanced Swift Water Rescue Tech, Swift Water Rescue Instructor, Advanced Ice Rescue Tech, Technical Rope Rescue Tech, AIARE Avalanche 1&2
Check out his adventures and guided tours on Instagram.
HEAD GUIDE – BRANDON THOMPSON
Brandon has been guiding snowmobiles, world-class fishing, and rafting for over ten years. He was born and raised in Wyoming but could hear the call of the Alaskan wild at a young age when he came to Alaska for one summer but never left! He now owns and operates interior Alaska’s premier fishing and rafting outfitter – Copper River Guides. When he isn’t snowmobiling with us he is probably on a raft with his co-captain Otter the Raft Dog.
Certifications – CPR/AED, WFR, Swift Water Rescue Technician
Check out his summer operation at: https://copperriverguides.com/ https://www.instagram.com/copperriverguides/?hl=en
GUIDE – SADIE FOX
Born and raised in Alaska, Sadie grew up outdoors. She has been skiing since she could walk, and picked up many sports along the way such as climbing, rafting, mountain running, and snowmobiling! She spends most of her time with her dog Tutka, playing outside and picking blueberries whenever possible! She has her degree in Outdoor Education, Recreation & Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Sadie wants to continue showing people everything Alaska has to offer!
Certifications: CPR/AED, WFR, AIARE Avalanche 1&2, ACA Level 2, PRO 1 Avalanche(pending)
Check out Tutka’s adventures here.
GUIDE – COREY ANDERSON
Corey has been a guide for over ten years; kayaking, rafting, & skiing from Southeast Alaska to Southcentral Alaska and the Chugach Mountains. His hobbies include anything H20… either sliding down it in frozen form or floating on it with the flow of gravity. Corey was drawn to Alaska by a combination of mountains and ocean in the same geographic locale. Corey is also a top-notch photographer, check out his Instagram for some more amazing AK photos.
Check out Corey’s adventures here.
SHUTTLE / ADMIN – ERIN HENSZEY