ALASKA is a special place. The state offers a wide range of zones to base out of and each offers a unique opportunity for skiers and boarders. I’ve partnered with some real AK veterans and each season I consider our options. Tordrillo Mt. Lodge? Haines? Valdez? In any case, Alaska is a bucket list option for any heli enthusiast, so let’s make a plan that fits everyone’s goals! Call me and we’ll discuss what I’m thinking for the upcoming season, knowing that I am on the lookout for the best opportunity for you and your crew!
LODGING and PACKAGES: Regardless of location, we’ll base out of a sweet lodge that has efficient access to surreal terrain. The experience is truly remote feeling, the operations are very well developed, service is excellent, guide and snow safety staff is comprised of true professionals, and the pilots are top notch. Here are some highlights:
- Length of Trips: Packages generally run Saturday to Saturday, offering you 7 nights and 7 days for skiing. Airport transfers are included on either end.
- Heli Time: A solid amount of HOBBS flight time is included in the package for a groups of 4-12 people. Contact me directly for the latest package offering. AK tends to have very efficient access to terrain. If we get lucky with weather and snow conditions and are flying a lot, we can always buy extra hours, which are offered at a discounted rate.
- Group Size: This is a private affair with only 8-12 guests per week. If you have a larger group, contact me to discuss possible logistics for making it work.
- Cost: Contact me directly to talk about package costs.
TRAVEL: Travel will generally be via Seattle or Anchorage, but the next fixed wing stop will depend on our plan. Airport transfers to and from your lodge are included for all packages.
SEASON: The season for heli packages in Alaska is generally March / April.
BOOKING: These Alaska packages are amazing and the heli experience there is truly unique. When you combine that with a focus on small, intimate group sizes, the result is a pretty competitive booking process. Many prime dates book out a solid year in advance. Call me to talk about your ideal dates and what is available on the calendar for this coming season and the one following. Booking well ahead is the way to go here!
TERRAIN AND SNOW QUALITY: Alaska is known for big mountains and deep powder. There is an endless variety of terrain and we tailor our choice of terrain based on individual group ability levels and snowpack conditions. There are terrain options for virtually all ability levels – from wide open lower angle slopes to steep faces and spines. The amount of terrain to choose from seems limitless – there are beautiful lines very close to the lodge and flight time is very efficient. Individual runs tend to be in the 2,000 – 3,000+ vertical feet range, with some over 4,000. The number of runs and total vertical groups ski in a given day and/or trip varies depending on a number of factors. We focus on delivering the best experience we can given current conditions.
HELI / GUIDE STAFF: I work with a truly awesome team of guides and pilots in Haines. The pilots are very experienced in the mountains who take the prime directive of “safety first” very seriously. We fly in A-Star B3s , which are perfect for small group heli skiing at Alaska’s lower elevations. When in Haines, I work with a small team of other guides and snow safety professionals; together we focus on safety and delivering the best possible experiences for our guests!
SAFETY: Safety is always my primary concern, regardless of location, and I’m very careful when it comes to choosing who I work with! In Alaska, our team has top notch pilots, the best helicopters, and a very experienced guide staff. Together, we make safety the priority all day every day. When injuries do occur, guides have basic medical equipment in their backpacks, with more advanced medical equipment on the helicopter. In the unlikely case of serious injury in the field, we stop everything and focus on getting the injured party to an appropriate medical facility.