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Points North Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
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Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Cordova Alaska

Points North Heli Skiing Alaska

The term “powder hound” refers to people who absolutely love to ski or snowboard powder, and the word originated because as hounds they are great at sniffing out and hunting down the powder. When heli skiing in Alaska however, powder hounds won’t just be sniffing the powder, they’ll be snorting powder (the snow kind!) and perhaps even inhaling it! The deep Alaska powder is one of the most addictive drugs on earth!

At Points North Heli Skiing, you can ride all the virgin powder you want. The super long runs are likely to build up plenty of lactic acid in the legs, and generate a huge smile on your dial.

When Does Points North Heli Skiing Operate?The Points North season starts in mid February and goes until late April. Considering the Alaska heli skiing season is rather short, it’s very wise to book your heli trip early. 

The giant weather maker of the Gulf of Alaska brings all the fabulous snow via storms. Unfortunately snow doesn’t fall from blue skies, so it’s not surprising that Alaskan heli skiing has lots of no fly days. An average week consists of 2-3 fly days, which is why the Points North pricing structure works well. If you’re lucky enough to fly every day, you can choose to pay for more heli flight hours. 

Points North Heli Ski Packages

Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks DETAILS
MIXED GROUP HELI WEEKS | CORDOVA
Includes 4 hours heli time (approx 24-30 runs)
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USD 5,975
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Join Points North Heli Ski for an adventure of a lifetime in the epic Chugach range near Cordova. The week-long-package runs from Saturday to Saturday from mid Feb to late April. Packages are all inclusive with 4 hours of heli-time, exclusive lodging, all (chef prepared) meals, avo safety gear & more More
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Inclusions
  • 4 hours personal heli-time (approx 24 - 30 runs)
  • 7 nights twin-share lodging (private upgrade available)
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment (beacon, harness, backpack, shovel, probe and helmet)
  • Cordova airport meet & greet, transfer to lodge & drop off at end of tour
Add-ons
  • Single occupancy room rate $250 for the week. Please note, if you come by yourself, PNH will do their best to give you a single room at no extra cost.
  • Optional Volkl ski rental $40 per day
  • If in the event you go over your 4 heli-hours, you simply pay as you go. Additional heli-hours will be at a discounted rate of $1,050 per heli-hour.
Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Feb 24 - Mar 03, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Mar 03 - Mar 10, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Mar 17 - Mar 24, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Mar 31 - Apr 07, 2018
8
USD 5,875
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Apr 07 - Apr 14, 2018
8
USD 5,975
Filling
Apr 14 - Apr 21, 2018
8
USD 5,975
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Points North Private Heli Ski Weeks DETAILS
PRIVATE HELI SKI WEEKS | CORDOVA
Includes 12 hours heli time, lodging, meals & more
From price based on twin/double-share room with private group of Total price is 80,400 for the private heli + 1225 per person for accommodation based on a private group of12 guests (per person).
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From price based on twin/double-share room with private group of Total price is 80,400 for the private heli + 1225 per person for accommodation based on a private group of12 guests (per person).
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USD 7,925
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Points North Heli Ski offer epic PRIVATE heli ski weeks in the Chugach range near Cordova. The week-long-package runs from Saturday to Saturday from mid Feb to late April. Packages are all inclusive with 2 guides, 12 hours of heli-time, exclusive lodging, all (chef prepared) meals, avo safety gear & more More
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Inclusions
  • Eurocopter A-Star B2 12 hours of flight time. 6 hours guaranteed. This is based on Hobbs time (heli in flight)
  • 7 nights twin-share lodging (private upgrade available)
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • Safety gear, includes; BCA Airbag pack, shovel, probe, harness and transceiver
  • RCordova airport meet & greet, transfer to lodge & drop off at end of tour
Add-ons
  • Extra hours can be purchased at $4,000 per hour after 12 hours is reached
  • Private room upgrade US $250 per person
Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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  • Available = 5 or more spots
  • Filling = 3 – 5 spots
  • Almost Full = 2 or less spots

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Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2018
8
USD 7,925
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Feb 24 - Mar 03, 2018
8
USD 7,925
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Mar 03 - Mar 10, 2018
8
USD 7,925
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Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2018
8
USD 7,925
Available
Mar 17 - Mar 24, 2018
8
USD 7,925
Available
Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018
8
USD 7,925
Available
Mar 31 - Apr 07, 2018
8
USD 7,925
Available
Apr 07 - Apr 14, 2018
8
USD 7,925
Available
Apr 14 - Apr 21, 2018
8
USD 7,925
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Where is Points North Heli Skiing Located?

The heli skiing is within the dramatic Chugach Mountains, with Points North having exclusive access to the south-eastern side of the range.

Points North is based near the town of Cordova AK, which is 30 miles southeast of Valdez as the crow flies. Cordova is situated on the southeast corner of Prince William Sound, and accessible only by ferry or plane. Alaska Airlines flies into Cordova twice daily from Anchorage (28 minute flight) and Seattle (3 hour flight). The PNH staff provide transport between the Cordova airport and the lodge.


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Terrain & Snow

Points North has access to a massive 2,000 square miles of terrain and they don’t have to share this with any other heli skiing operators. The dramatically beautiful terrain is heavily glaciated and has lots of spectacular peaks. The terrain is treeless and runs span from about 3,000 to 4,000 feet of vertical on average.

The Chugach terrain has a world renowned reputation for really scary extreme faces. Just watching a Warren Miller movie is enough to make your armpits really sweaty (or get you overly excited!!). However the Chugach Mountains and Points North are not exactly as they are portrayed on Warren Miller. Sure when conditions permit, experts can tackle the super steeps, but at the other end of the spectrum, PNH also has lots of terrain for strong intermediates. So you don’t have to be a stunt skier or boarder to go heli skiing with Points North, especially if you’ve got a long board or big fat powder skis.

One aspect that sets Points North apart from other Alaska heli skiing operators is that they have 3 helicopters, so they can really group different guests according to ability. The chances are slim of being stuck with people that are way above or below your ability level or desire for speed.

And the most important facet of Points North heli skiing is the snow! Make sure you close up any zips in your jacket including the ones under your arms, because the Chugach Mountains receive over 20 metres of snow annually. That’s likely to get a powderhound’s tail wagging!

More Reasons to Heli Ski with Points North

Points North is a highly reputable operator with an emphasis on the safety aspects of heli skiing. Points North are proudly only one of three Alaska heli skiing operators that are members of the Heli Ski US Association, which requires high standards of safety to be reached.

If you’re a skiing or snowboarding fiend that relentlessly pursues fresh powder above all else, then Points North is for you. With over 20 metres of snowfall annually and an abundance of heliski terrain, PNH is highly likely to get an 11 out of 10 as a skiing or boarding experience.

The Powderhounds are yet to review PNH however it is on the radar for 2017!!!!!!

Reviews

Deep and Steep. Best heliski experience ever !

Jean Collinet
08/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    France
  • Month:
    February
The ultimate heliski experience.

I've been skiing and continue to ski with a lot of heliski operators in many countries. PNH is the one I am always coming back. The helicopters are parked just outside your room, by the sea, guarded by eagles and otters. The food is amazing (I'm french, I don't say that often), the all team makes you feel you are part of the family. It is a really nice place to wait for the weather to open.
Once the weather opens, it is getting crazy ! The terrain is unbelievable, you don't know where to look, lines are everywhere.
The guides who know their backyard upside down, takes you to lines you didn't even dream off. The skiing is fantastic.

I'll be back to Cordova for the 5th times next february. As every time, I won't be on my own, many friends will join, and most of them have been there several times as well.

Watch out it is addictive !

Land and slay.

Matt
16/08/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    March
If you want to go snowboarding in Alaska using helicopters (and, yes, you do), then PNH is about the most professional and capable operation you could imagine.

No messing about. The helicopters are parked between the eating room, the gum, and the homemade sauna.

This place is for people who want to ride mountains. No fancy waiters and manicures. You'll have your food served by legendary ski guides, and will probably have bitten off your nails looking down some of the lines anyway.

Book it.

Best Heli skiing experience on the planet!

Erik Boye
02/05/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April
Want to ski the best terrain on the planet? Head to Alaska. Want to have the best skiing experience possible? Allow the staff and guides at PNH to treat you to the experience of a lifetime!

Stunning experience at PNH; AK is awesome!

Georges Soare
29/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    April
Jessie's Spine - last run of the week
This was trip no. 3 to AK for me and no. 2 at PNH. High expectations and it did not disappoint. Mother Nature finally cooperated with blue skies, perfect temp and no wind at the end of the week (PS...for first time AK heli skiers, you need to be patient in terms of weather expectations - expect downs days; that's just the way it is). I went solo, and was put in a strong group of experienced AK skiers; we had a super time! Awesome guide Jason Bilek: safety is #1, great attitude, high energy and couldn't be friendlier. Snow as wonderful quality, and we got access to a full range of slopes. The steeper ones definitely got the juices flowing (attaching photo of Jessie's Spine, our last run of the week - whoohoo). No doubt that AK offers skiable terrain that simply isn't possible in Cdn or US rockies. Be ready to be challenged!
Kevin and Jessica, the owners, are hands on and set a great tone for the whole team at PNH. Intimate lodge is more 'camp like' but totally good (this ain't Blue River). All staff are friendly and high energy. Lots to do on down days: glacier hikes, kayaking, river exploring, etc. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Points North made my dreams into reality two years in a row...

Geoff Martin
27/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April
Simply the best skiing experience I have ever had. Two years in a row. PNH remains the most integrity-driven, thorough, friendly, professional, tightly organized and best-guided skiing operation I've ever visited...period. If your skiing is as important to you as it is to me...whether it's getting on the steepest, deepest rowdiest lines you've ever skied or cruising endless 4000 vertical-foot blower pow (or even perfect spring corn)...PNH has what you're looking for. Even with all the expectations that went along with 20 years of dreaming about finally getting to Alaska, PNH has consistently exceeded them all. In the end though, what truly distinguishes Points North Heli-Adventures from any other op I've ever visited (I've been to ops in Utah, Colorado, Whistler, the BC interior, France and Italy) is that it's about much more than just skiing; it's about community and family. Thanks to my time at PNH, Kevin, Jessica, the guides, the kitchen crew, support staff and everyone else have become a big part of my ski family. Love you guys and see you again soon.

Steep and deep in the Chugach

andrew k
27/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April
Very cool operation - amazing location - excellent guides - totally dialed in - no shortage of food at meal times - ridiculous terrain. First time in a helicopter for me and thus first time heli-skiing - therefore I cannot compare but I cannot imagine that you will find terrain as challenging and exhilarating anywhere else. That being said, it shouldn't frighten you off - they manage their groups with care and a total focus on safety. Highly recommended.

PNH is where I go to fulfill my riding dreams and find new ones

Nick Edmonds
26/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April
PNH has exceeded my wildest expectations two years in a row and I fully expect that trend to continue (because after my first trip I decided I had to go back every year). It's simply the best-guided, best trained and equipped, and most welcoming mechanized backcountry operation I've ever been to. Their ability to deliver unforgettable experiences to clients of all ability levels year after year is unsurpassed. Everyone I've met there has left thrilled with their experience, amazed at how the guides and fellow guests they rode with helped them step up their skiing/riding game, and eager to return.

I could say there's no wilder, more beautiful, more exhilarating place to ride than Alaska (there isn't). I could say that there's no more amazing terrain than the Chugach whether you're looking for steep couloirs, near-vertical spines, or mellow ramps and fields of blower pow (if so I've never found it). I could say that there's nowhere on the planet with consistent snow quality as good as Alaska (I've looked all over the world). If you're looking into a heli-skiing trip to Alaska you probably know all that.

Alaska isn't just about the terrain though, it's about having a team capable of tackling all the lines you want (and some you may not know you want... yet). PNH attracts skiers and riders who take their skiing/riding seriously and the staff there are masters of putting together groups that work. Heli-skiing is a team sport and group dynamics are perhaps the most important element of an enjoyable trip. The people at PNH are the reason I keep coming back. There's a sense of community here, a sense of shared purpose, and an excitement that I've never found anywhere else. Kevin, Jessica, and the guides listen to their guests and really figure out what they're looking for, then deliver it in the most mind-blowing way possible whether it's cruising endless pow or dropping into rowdy lines that would (and have!) appeared on the cover of ski films. The pilots here are better than any I've ever ridden with and have repeatedly landed me on top of lines that I thought inaccessible.

This isn't a white-glove, cater to your every whim operation and I wouldn't have it any other way. The food is delicious, the accommodations are cozy and cool, the scenery is breathtaking, the hospitality is amazing, and you'll want for nothing... but if you pitch in to dig out some landings, crack a few beers on the deck with the staff, and if you're lucky take a few runs with the kitchen crew, office staff, and everyone else that makes this operation run you'll find a sense of camaraderie that's unlike any other operation. PNH is where I return to to push myself outside my comfort zone with people I trust unconditionally and to reconnect with a staff that's become part of my ski family. If your mission is unbelievable skiing/riding first and foremost you'll find people at PNH that will take you there and slay it with you.

Riding the big and steep in Alaska!

Pat Perrin
26/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April
Great low key and comfortable lodge. Good food. Great guides and pilots. Awesome nearby Chugach Mountains. Definitely a bucket list item that I'll want a few do overs on.

The best skiing available, hands down

Rufus Davis
25/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April
I have heli-skied elsewhere, in addition to skiing at about 90 ski areas in N. America and Europe, and this place pretty much blows away all the other skiing I have done. I could write for pages about how great PNH is and what the experience meant to me (hint: a lot), but if you value great skiing and are committed to having the best possible experience (and I do literally mean best possible), then this is the place for you.

My group got to ski everything we wanted (and more), which meant skiing extremely steep and technical terrain, but based on what I saw and heard from other groups you can certainly go to PNH and have a great time skiing mellower terrain (it is certainly available). I honestly believe that any strong intermediate skier would have an amazing heli-ski experience, and if you are the type of skier who has always wanted to experience what Alaska's Chugach range offers then there is no substitute for PNH.

With the above in mind, I would caution that if your priority is luxe lodging and ski valets, PNH is probably not for you. But if you are a skier and want to among other committed skiers skiing the world's best mountains in fantastic snow, well, you shouldn't think twice. It took me many years to get to Alaska to ski PNH, and now I'm sitting here wondering why I didn't pull the trigger years ago. I know I will be back as soon as I can possibly figure out a way.

AMAZING PLACE TO FEEL THE THRILL

Chris Anthony
25/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April
I have been going to PNH for 18 years now. I start to guide for them 17 years ago. I bring my own groups to this amazing venue for a reason. Not just the fact we may get to fly into the some of the most amazing mountains on the planet but also because of the team at PNH. The owners of the operation Kevin and Jessica have a wonderful ability to put together the most amazing staff. From Guides to Kitchen this team is family and it reflects into the operation. Probably the number one reason I go back to enjoy the skiing.

What a week

Wilson Korol
24/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April
What a trip. I have been dreaming of heli skiing in Alaska for about 20 years, every since seeing my first ski videos at a wee lad. Thankfully, I got to fulfill that dream this year at Points North Heli-Adventures. The trip exceeded my very high expectations.

From my inquiry into a last minute spot for the 2017 season (which I was lucky to get, these spots sell out fast!), through booking and my prep back home, PNH delivered.

Once I arrived at Cordova, it was living a dream for a week. I was traveling solo and got placed in a group for the week that was a great match for my skiing ability. And it was not just our group that had a good match, it seemed like every group in our week had a nice dynamic and wanted the same kind of skiing. For my group, we all had the same objectives and the group dynamic was really special. It has all held together by our guide, who hit the perfect balance of being our friend and our boss.

About that skiing, why I came 3,500 miles from the East Coast. It was simply put the best skiing I have ever done. The snow was great, especially for the last week of the season. We skied deep, winter powder on steep north facing slopes. We also skied long corn runs down to various glaciers. I had never been in a heli before, and it really is a superlative way to access terrain unlike any I have skied in the lower 48 and in Europe.

The accommodations were ideal; it hit the ski vibe that made me feel right at home. My room had a vie of the sound, islands in the middle ground and then snow capped peaks. Even got to see the Northern Lights for the first time. The food was excellent; my favorite meal was the fresh Alaskan salmon. If you are thinking of making the trip to Alaska, I can’t recommend PNH more highly. I know I will be making a return trip in coming years.

Heli-boarding at PNH far exceeded our wildest snowboarding dreams

Buffy Lloyd
18/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April
Thank you PNH, Jess, & Kevin for a most excellent experience! The snowboarding was the best ever; endless blower pow, bluebird skies, perfect weather, best three days of my life. We were all stoked out of our minds. Our guide, Bilek, and our pilot Ryan, put us on the best snow and burly lines keeping us amped up and highly adrenalated. The whole staff is awesome. The vibe was chill and the scenery was absolutely georgeous. This heli-boarding in the Chugach stuff is the sickest, raddest, gnarliest, most amazing thing I've ever done.

Points North Heli really is the ultimate skiing experience.

J
18/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April
The terrain is insane, steep and a blast. Doing "laps" on great snow in the wide open world of the Chugach Mountains is beyond surreal. If you go just make sure you take a moment to take it all in.

The owners and guides are outstanding; the guides know how to push you and get the best from you. And they are also maniacally focused on safety. They have guide meetings twice daily -- once before they go out and once when they come back. They have you practice the important aspects of safety, before you ever go out. If you need to rent gear, their Volkl gear is great. The ski's i got were perfect for me.

I know nothing of Helicopters, so I can't tell you how great they are. But I am told they're phenomenal. The pilots are nothing short of being magicians and can land on a stick -- literally.

The place is as authentic as an experience can be. The dining hall is everything you want and nothing more. Ping pong, fusball, byob from town and just have a blast hanging out before, during and after meals.

The cook staff goes out of their way to meet your dietary needs. If you are gluten sensitive, they work hard to meet your needs. We brought our own bread anyway, but didn't finish it because we had plenty of options (but bring some of your own stuff (you'll want to snack or have gluten free bars on the mountain, etc). Breakfasts are classic ski morning breakfasts. The bag lunches are just enough but not too much to eat on the mountain, and every dinner is pretty hardy. I'd like more fish, but that's splitting hairs at this point.

The Orca Lodge which is right there on the grounds faces the beautiful river and mountains. Bald Eagles are pretty much available for a classic pose for your picture and otters play in the river all day. This is not the ritz. But it's perfect in it's own way.

When you're not skiing -- conditions can be variable and windy sometimes -- you can hike the sheridan glacier or take a hike through the woods in some crazy interesting terrain.

While there, I met some really interesting other guests and guides. Some world famous.

And if you're lucky, you'll catch the northern lights. They were there for us, we just didn't wake up to see them. Too bad -- you can see them on their facebook page.

This is not a once in a lifetime experience -- though for me it probably is. I went with my son on our annual trip -- he'll be back -- there is terrain there he wants to go after and he's only 27. If you think you're too old. think again, I'm 58 and there are others who are older. And there are guests who have been coming back every year for a decade or more.

The owner, Kevin and Jessica are real people; authentic; and their kids are precious. It is impossible to believe how well the operation runs and all of the details they care for.

Its expensive, and you'll end up getting travel insurance if you're smart. So get in shape before you go so you can take full advantage of the time out on the mountain.

Thanks to Points North Heli

Hard to ski a point much further north than this

Andrew Henderson
30/04/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    March
I skied with Points North in February 2011. There are a few heliski companies operating in Alaska, but these guys are the only ones operating from Cordova and have a vast area to themselves in the Chugach mountains. They run the business from a converted salmon cannery in Prince William Sound, a short drive from Cordova and its airport.

When I was there it was early in their season. They don't start skiing until the end of February and continue into April. For the week preceding my week of skiing, there had been high winds and only a single snow fall. There was no snow for the entire week (or the week after evidently). This is unusual and I heard from the guides and other return skiers that it is more common to be inundated with snow and have a few no fly days followed by unbelievable skiing in dry, deep snow. During my week there was only one no fly day, due to high winds. Every day was bluebird. That meant a lot of flying time, but the conditions were pretty challenging. Terrain that would be epic with good snow was difficult to negotiate with unpredictable crust and ice.

That sounds disappointing, but it definitely wasn't. The Chugach mountains are stunning. Most of the skiing we did was runs in the alpine into glacier valleys above the tree line. From the peaks there are mountains stretching into the distance as far as you can see. Much of the skiing is in other worldly settings, like skiing on an alien planet.

There is definitely the terrain here to suit the most hard core extreme skier and the opportunity to ski it with Points North, but there was no way we could push it in the snow conditions we had. As it was, the one or two "no fall" slopes we skied were challenging enough for me! I think, that with the usual snow this location gets, it would be one of the best ski destinations in the world and even with poor snow, it is still an amazing week of skiing.

The lodge lies in Prince William Sound and the local waters are full of sea otters. There are huge eagles in the woods above the water front road and moose as well. Staying here, for this first time visitor to Alaska, felt like being in the middle of a wildlife documentary. Cordova is not exactly a hotbed ski town, but the locals are interesting to talk to and friendly. The town was badly affected by the Exxon Valdez disaster and has an interesting history.

This is a place to ski in the tracks of some skiing greats. It is a favourite haunt of Warren Miller and his crew. Jessica and Kevin are both well known skiers as are several of their guides. This place attracts serious skiers and boarders from everywhere and most of the other clients were much better skiers than me!

Despite these credentials the rates for PNH are very competitive compared to heliskiing at some other North American destinations. Getting to and from Cordova is pretty easy from North America or Canada. This is definitely one destination to put on the skiing bucket list.

Great Operation

Hugh Gundry
29/04/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    March
My first time heli skiing and Kevin and Jessica took real good care of this 61 year old kid. The skiing was a dream come true, the accommodations superb, the pricing fair and the camaraderie beyond compare.

Do it before you get any older!

Why would you go anywhere else...

Tj Balon
20/11/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    April
PNH is an all encompassing company. From the owners to the guides and especially the kitchen staff (who keep you fed and fat). It really does do it all.

And the skiing/riding?? Truly the best in the world. If you want it, PNH will give it to you!

There is something for everyone here. You don't have to be a pro, you just have to be able to navigate the chest deep powder and the guides will do the rest for you. Making sure that you come home safely is their number one priority.

As Quinner says "This is disneyland on steroids"...

DO IT!! You wont regret it...

I'm going again in 2011. This will be my 4th year of tearin' up the Chugach...

PNH

Kevin Quinn
12/11/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
PNH is as good as it gets! One of the best operations in the world! Hands down!