Alaska Heliskiing

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PO Box 1448
Haines, AK  99827
(907) 767-5745 / 1 877 ski haines
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About Alaska Heliskiing

The Chilkat Valley in Haines Alaska is unique because it stretches across many miles of mountainous terrain. Skiable terrain begins at saltwater and ends at the Canadian border 40 miles up valley and away from salt water. This creates 5 different micro climates in the region which provide many different heliskiing options for weather, snow, wind events, and avalanche conditions. We can always find the goods somewhere in the the region and the sun pops out somewhere just about every day. The other great thing about Haines is that there are so many big mountains stacked on top of each other and the terrain is endless. The image of Alaska is that there is only radical mountains and descents to be had. In Haines there is terrain for every level of skier and boarder from beginner to expert. My children learned to ski and snowboard by helicopter before ever riding a chair lift! At any rate, the mountains in Haines are world class, just ask a pro who's been here

Film and magazine crews make the majority of tracks down the legendary runs in Haines, Alaska. Our base of operations is a melting pot of professional skiers and snowboarders and free skiers and boarders that find there way to haines are heliskiing with their favorite pros! Professional Snowboarder Tom Burt is one of the lead guides and the entire staff is highly trained and very professional.

A typical day of skiing starts out with the Film and Magazine crews at daybreak getting the golden light. Around 10:00 a.m. free skiing starts and regular fun hogs like yourself ski as many runs as they can until around 4:00 p.m. One more Film and Magazine crew session ends the day and the heli's return to base right before sunset. When sunlight conditions are not perfect for filming or taking photos the media circus hims and haws about the weather and the day is all about free skiing and boarding deep alaska pow. Private heli's are also available by the week.

Alaska Heliskiing Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 15
Capacity Per Trip: 50
Trips Per Season: 200 flights
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 5
Packages start at: $350.00
Longest Run: 6000
Summit: 8,200 Ft / 2,499 M
Base: 500 Ft / 152 M
Vertical: 6,000 Ft / 1,829 M
Acres: 10,000,000 Ac / 4,047,000 Hc
Annual Snow: 700" / 1,778cm
Season
Starts Around: 2/1/2009
Ends Around: 5/31/2009
The Basics
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 15
Capacity Per Trip: 50
Trips Per Season: 200 flights
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 5
Packages start at: $350.00
Longest Run: 6000
Terrain
Summit: 8,200 Ft / 2,499 M
Base: 500 Ft / 152 M
Vertical: 6,000 Ft / 1,829 M
Acres: 10,000,000 Ac / 4,047,000 Hc
Annual Snow: 700" / 1,778cm
Season
Starts Around: 2/1/2009
Ends Around: 5/31/2009

Guide Certifications & Experience

All Guides have attended the guide training program required by Alaska Heliskiing. The Alaska Guide School conducts a two week training courses prior to each season, All guides for this season are required to participate in this training course at the beginning of each season. This course is also offered to the general public and is a great way to advance your back country skills and discover a piece of alaska that others only dream about. The course curriculum teaches and certifies guides and students in the following disicipllines: Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche 2, Crevasse and Rope Rescue, Helicopter Rescue, and Level 1 Heliski Guide.

All guides for Alaska Heliskiing are certified in the above disciplines as a minimum requirement. All possess a professional skiing or snowboarding background and have demonstrated the ability to work well with the public. They also have that special personality we are looking for at Alaska Heliskiing in Haines, Alaska.

Equipment Used

We fly B2 Astar helicopters and 12 passenger snowcats during the season. Pilots and cat drivers are highly qualified and experienced in the mountains we ski in Haines. The helicopters and snowcats are equipped with state of the art high angle rescue and medical equipment. Each group is accompanied by expert guides, trained annually through the Alaska Guide School and are very familiar with the medical / rescue equipment required for the unlikely event of an accident.

Ski Areas Nearby

Juneau Alaska is the nearest city that Alaska Airlines flies to and Eaglecrest Ski Area is nearby. A great little ski area with good backcountry access at 1500 vertical lift served feet.

Booking Policy

Alaska Heliskiing Requires a $1000 deposit per person which is fully refundable with a 60 day cancellation notice. Call or E-mail to make arrangements for reservations and deposits.

Training & Instruction

The Alaska Guide School has been in operation for 14 years and has provided professional training for many helicopter, snowcat, and backcountry ski guides. The Alaska Guide School is the only training center offering this type of certified training and we are setting the standards for helicopter ski guides in Alaska. The only requirement you must possess to attend the guide course is the ability to ski deep and steep powder snow, the desire to learn, and some money for heli time.

Packages & Pricing

Our price for heliskiing is the most affordable in the state. We are fortunate because the helicopters we charter are close by and we do not have to absorb a big shuttle cost that most operators pass on to the customer. We are able to offer the best rates in Alaska. Weekly Package includes lodging and 6 full days of skiing or 30 runs averaging 4000 vertical feet for $3950 per person

Daily Price w/o lodging
$600/day for 6 runs (over 20,000 vert)
$350 for half day

Pricing for ski plane
$350 per person per day for 6 runs
Equipment rental $40/day per person for backpack, shovel,probe, and avalanche transceiver

Lodging
Downtown hotel $65/day single, $95/day double
Ski chalet near heli base $45/day pp up to 5 persons

7 Day Package Deals - Arrive any Friday/depart the following Saturday

Pro Deal
6 days guided helicopter skiing (30 runs)
6 nights lodging
Backpack, shovel, and avalanche transceiver rental included
5 person group $3950 per person

Bro Deal
4 days guided helicopter skiing (20 runs)
2 days ski plane
6 nights lodging
Backpack, shovel, and avalanche transiever rental included
5 person group $3350

To make your reservations send us a check, money order or credit card info in the amount of US$1000 per person in your group. This deposit is 100% refundable With a 60 day cancellation. Include the arrival and departure dates, names and weights of the people in your party.

Local Lodging

There are many different hotels, bed and breakfasts, and cottages available. Package deals include lodging at the Eagle's Nest Hotel in Haines. There are many restuarants in Haines, including the 33 mile road house at the base of operations. Sack Lunches are available and we often throw seafood dinner parties for the masses. We are commercial fisherman in the summer and have freezers full of Alaska Seafood that we love to share with our friends after a long day of heliskiing.

Nearby Recreation

Up the highway from haines is the haines pass, along with snowmaching and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The Chilkat River also offers great trout and stealhead fishing and eagles along the river make for great viewing and enjoyment. Wolves, bears, and moose are often spotted so keep your camera ready. There is also a wildlife zoo with wild Alaskan animals, a skatepark, dog sledding, a swimming pool, and a sweet 54 foot fishing boat available for charter trips.