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Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks - 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.
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