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USD 6,780

INCLUSIVE MIXED GROUP HELI WEEKS
Valdez, Alaska | 4 Hours Heli Time

Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on the Inlusive Package twinn/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
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USD 6,780
This Alaska heli skiing package includes 7 nights of deluxe accommodation, daily breakfast and transportation & airport transfers. And as per the classic package it includes 4 hours personal fly-time over 7 days plus avalanche safety gear rentals.
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The CompanyAlaska Snowboard Guides (ASG) was formed to provide a "superior heli operation" where clients would leave their Alaskan heli skiing adventure satisfied with the amount of skiing they achieved. It is owned and operated by some of the best heli ski and snowboard guides in the business.

Overview

The all inclusive heli skiing package includes condo-style accommodation, daily breakfast, the heli skiing, and all ground transport.

Generally the package is 3 full days of skiing (about 8 runs per day) but variable weather conditions may dictate more days with less runs. You have 7 days to complete your personal 4 hours of heli flying time (approx 24 runs). Runs can be anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 vertical feet.

Highlights
  • 4 HOURS personal heli flight-time (which equates to about 24 runs)
  • Runs of 2,000 to 5,000 vertical feet
  • Priority seating over daily and walk-up bookings
  • Some of the highest snowfalls on the planet
  • Terrain diversity with insane 50+ degree steeps to 30 degree cruisy runs
  • Small and flexible group organization of max 4 groups of 5 people per helicopter
  • Daily sit down breakfasts at the Totem Inn Restaurant
  • 7 nights of quality accommodation (single or twin share)
Terrain, Weather & AbilityThe terrain found in the Chugach mountains is truly unique and utterly amazing. While some of the steepest and sickest lines can and be found here, it has something for everyone. From 50 degree steeps to 5,000 vertical foot, and 30 degree glacial powder runs a half mile wide!

Contrary to what you may believe, you do not have to ski or ride like a professional athlete to enjoy the big mountains and powder of the Chugach. While they recommend you arrive in fairly good physical condition and confidence in your abilities, the many terrain options mean that you can ski anything from steep ramps to more mellow grades with big powder fields. There really is something for everyone.

Due to its close proximity to the ocean, temperatures in Valdez are relatively mild compared to inland Alaska. Average daily temperature during the season is about 20 degrees (-7 C). This can vary, and temperatures can range from as warm as 40 (4 C) to as cold as 0 degrees (-18 C). Valdez receives more snow than almost any other place in the world. Because of this, snowstorms can last up to a few days. This is is why we strongly encourage you to come for a at least a week. This will give you the best chance for a weather window for flying.


Ripping a 45 deg slope...

..or something a little bit steeper...

..or maybe something mellower.

Itinerary

The ASG season takes place in the months of March and April. Each week begins Saturday afternoon and ends on Saturday afternoon (check-out from rooms in am and bags are stored for pick-up on the way to the airport).

Arrival Day (Saturday)

You will be picked up from Valdez airport (when your flight arrives) and transferred to your accommodation (Chugach Suites) in Valdez where you will spend the next 7 nights. That evening, it is likely you will meet with the guides and sign waivers and commence a safety briefing (avalanche safety & beacon training video).

Day 2 (Sunday)

Breakfast is served at 7-7:30 am at the Totem Inn Restaurant. After breakfast if the conditions are right for flying, you will be provided with an on-snow helicopter safety briefing (the order and timing of the safety / heli briefing may change subject to weather).

Heliskiing/boarding will then commence weather permitting.

Day 3 - 6 (Monday to Friday)

Mornings
Each morning you will start the day with breakfast at the Totem Restaurant. Your guides will brief you on the weather and likelihood of flying that day.

During the Day
After breakfast (subject to weather), you will head off to one of the staging areas (usually 20 - 30 mins drive however ASG have a location about 50 mins drive which is used under certain marginal weather conditions) where you will head sky-ward and be landing for your first run in 3 - 6 mins. ASG aims to get its guests as close as possible to the ski terrain to ensure they get maximum skiing vertical by not using up valuable heli flying time.

Ultimate terrain selection each day is determined by the guides each day based on avalanche assessment, weather and group ability; ensuring your safety is the number one priority.

Lunch is served in the mountains each day you fly.

Skiing continues throughout the afternoon to 6:00 pm in March and as late as 7:45 pm in April depending on weather.

An average day is around 30,000 feet of vertical (9,000 metres) and as high as 50, 000 feet. This highly depends on weather, snow conditions and the speed/fitness of the group.

Early Evening
After skiing you can take a well earned rest in your room or join in on apres ski drinks, socializing and reminiscing about the great day of skiing. There is wifi internet available for you to catch up on emails with your family and friends and to post a few brag shots on your favorite social media sites.

In the event of a "no fly day", other activities available in the area include ice climbing, ski touring/split boarding, intro to avalanche safety course, Aaire level 1 avalanche class, snow mobile skiing, ocean fishing, cross-country skiing/snow shoeing and/or a trip to the Valdez museum (or you can just take it easy for the day and/or hit one of the local bars!)

Evening
In the evenings there are several restaurants and bars within easy reach of the accommodation. You can head off to do your own thing or join other guests.

Then it's off to bed for a good night sleep to rejuvenate the body before doing it all again the next day.

Day 8 – Saturday (Departure Day)

On the last day (subject to weather), it's an early breakfast and the final opportunity to get your powder fix. You will check out of your room in the morning and you bags will be stored at reception for the day. Skiing/boarding will finish around 3:00 pm to make sure you get back to your 5:50 pm flight out of Valdez.

Oh and don't forget to write a review on Powderhounds.com here whilst you are still excited to share your experience with the global ski community.

Lodging & Meals

The inclusive Chugach Suite Packages feature the finest lodging available in Valdez. You get your own private suite or you can have a double/twin option if you have a ski/snowboard buddy with you.

These 500 square foot suites feature a full kitchen with a large refrigerator/freezer and all the necessary cooking utensils.

The living area is spacious with two large picture windows, 42 inch TV, DVD and a full sized pull out couch.

The separate bedroom features a queen bed, built in washer dryer and a 25 inch TV.

Each suite has a full kitchen so you have the option of preparing your own evening meals and lunches on no-fly days.

The Totem Restaurant located next door to the suites (where you are served breakfast each morning) also serve lunch and evening meals. Alternatively there are several dining options and bars down-town serving a variety of international cuisine.


The Chugach deluxe suites

self-cater with full kitchen

..small cozy living space

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2018 RatesUSD $6,780 per person
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  • Prices INCLUDES tax (apart from the accommodation which attracts a local tourism tax)
Inclusions
  • 4 HOURS B3 heli flight time (Approx 24 runs) & lunch on heli days
  • Max 4 groups of 5 guests per helicopter (max 1:5 guide to client ratio)
  • 7 nights self-cater lodging plus daily breakfast at Totem Inn
  • The latest avalanche safety equipment and training, including Airbag backpack, radio, harness, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off from Valdez airport
Add-ons
  • Additional Vertical - $4,000 per hobbs hour (Avg 6-9 runs/hour per group)
  • Ski rentals (LIB TECH Demo) - $100 for the week
  • Snowboard Rentals (LIB TECH Demo) - $100 for the week
Not Included

ASG Terms & Conditions

Purchasing Travel Insurance

Almost all travel insurance covers cancellations, medical expenses, evacuations, losses or delays, and 24/7 assistance. There is absolutely no reason not to purchase a policy given the extensive coverage and affordability.

While there are many similar options available, our current recommendation is TravelGuard which allows you to choose the coverages you want/need.

What does Travel Insurance cover?

Cancelled Trips

Due to the high overhead associated with heli skiing we do not offer any refunds for cancelations. Travel insurance will reimburse you this cost including any expenses you incurred as part of planning the trip (e.g. airfare cancelation / change fees).

Travel insurance further covers cancelation of your trip due to sickness, injury or death, flight cancelations, jury duty and if you are laid-off or required to work. It will also cover the lost portion of your week if for any reason you have to return home due to an emergency.

Emergency Evacuation
If something happens to you while in the field, there is no other way to obtain medical assistance other than using the helicopter which will be very, very expensive especially if we need to fly you directly to the Valdez Hospital. If you need to be transported to Anchorage, or even worse back to the lower 48 in a medically equipped aircraft this cost can easily exceeded $50,000 or more.

Injury / Sickness
If you are visiting us from another country, your heath insurance at home may not cover any injury or sickness that could occur during your trip. Travel insurance will.

Lost luggage, delayed luggage & delayed flights
If your arrival is delayed and you miss a fly day with us, we cannot refund you for this lost day and the flight time your group uses will be deducted from your package.

ASG can’t emphasize this point enough. There is no reason not to buy Travel Insurance for your Alaska Heli trip!