The Chugach mountains of Alaska are the holy grail for skiers. Unique local climate means huge amounts of snowfall each winter, and it sticks to the steepest faces. It has a lovely velvety texture and is a dream to ski, with the lightest snow billowing up around you. You have probably seen the ski films, and that is what it is like!
World class pilots and well maintained, powerful helicopters allow access to terrain so amazing and remote it would probably take a week of skinning just to get to.
This is not like heli-skiing anywhere else. There is more snow, the snow is perfect and the terrain is unmatched. No, really. We can't use big helicopters because they wouldn't be able to land!
Who is it for?
You need to be an Advanced or Expert off-piste skier to get the most from this week. You also will benefit from excellent downhill skiing fitness - when the skies are blue you will be skiing hard all day!
If you love powder, remoteness and epic terrain, this week is for you. It really is the best skiing on Earth.
We run this trip with our partners at Points North Heli Adventures. They are the only heli-ski outfit based in Cordova and they offer an outstanding service. PNH is run by Kevin and Jessica, two well known Chugach ski guides and pioneers, and all their Guides know the terrain and snowpack like the back of their hands. Their goal, like ours, is to give you the best weeks skiing you have ever had!
Friday: Arrive Anchorage or Seattle and overnight. Flights from the UK arrive late in the evening on the same day.
Saturday: Fly to Cordova. We are met by our hosts at Points North and taken to the lodge to settle in and take in the surroundings.
Sunday - Friday: After a safety briefing, we step out the front door, get in the helicopter... and ski!
What happens if the weather is bad?
If the helicopter can't fly, then we go skiing at the local chairlift. Cordova is only accessible by plane or ferry and has one single-chairlift which opens when the helicopter doesn't fly. It accesses some great terrain, and when the weather is bad it means there is lots of fresh snow and only us to ski it!
We also use the chairlift to access some great ski touring terrain.
What is included?
The price includes all your meals and lodging in Cordova. The food is outstanding and plentiful (we are in the States). All/any local transfers in Cordova. Use of safety equipment such as harness, transceiver, probe, shovel. Ski Guiding and 4 hours 'Hobbs' helicopter time.
Hobbs time is the most efficient way of measuring flight time. 4 hours is sufficient to cater for the normal weeks skiing. If you are lucky and have outstanding weather for your week then you may run out of Hobbs time, and you can purchase more at the time.
Combine this week with a week Ski Touring
This week dovetails nicely with our Alaska Chugach Ski Tour week. Alaska is a long way to come for a week and this extra week gives further mind blowing ski touring and descents whilst staying in a comfortable lodge.
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