Points North Heli Skiing

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Points North Heli Skiing

Points North Heli Skiing4.9/529
Points North Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 29 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 Heli Skiing

Overall Rating

Points North Heli Skiing4.9/529
Points North Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 29 reviews

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.

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.

Big lines and Huge fun in AK!!!

Klaus07/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April

Big lines and Huge fun in AK!!!

Klaus07/05/2019
I can't believe it took me this long to finally make out to ski with great folks at PNH. After riding all over the US, Europe, NZ and Japan and Heliskiing Whistler, NZ, BC and the lower 48 the holy grail for me was riding the big lines of Alaska. I've been well aware of PNH from all their appearances in Warren Miller films and upon meeting Jess and Kevin at the SF showing there was no question which operator I'd go with for my first AK heli experience. I'm glad to report that the trip exceeded all my expectations and I couldn't ask for any better staff, guides, pilots and other guests to ski, ride and hang out with.

The EPIC lines that you see in the films and have heard about were the highlight of the experience for me and the terrain and scenery are unmatched by anything else I've ever ridden. I really have to hand it to our guide Tino and the rest of the guiding team for finding great lines and better than expected snow quality given it had not snowed for the past 8 -10 days while we were there. The pilots are fantastic and it was great to see how interactive they are with the guides in choosing the runs and landing spots. There certainly are runs that will send chills up your spine but they are only a part of what PNH and Cordova have to offer. The guides were great at assessing the skills and desires of each group and went above and beyond to find the right fit for everyone and ensure that every day in the mountains lived up to the 'best day skiing ever.'

Huge kudos to Jess and Kevin and the entire PNH team. What you guys do is awesome and should be on every heli skiers bucket list!

Points North is THE PLACE for Your HeliDreamTrip

David Wicker27/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    March

Points North is THE PLACE for Your HeliDreamTrip

David Wicker27/04/2019
After being fortunate enough to visit most of the Western US to ride- After living in Tahoe and numerous trips to Canada- After watching every ski hill get so corporate and so crowded- I finally made it once again up to Ak to visit Jess and Kevin in Cordova. MAN! it sure is nice to go somewhere (last visit '05) and see the wild staying wild. The food and lodging here is so great. The lodge is a now defunct salmon cannery, so you get the new with the historic. There is no questioning the guides and the terrain - first rate. There's no questioning the Helis - AStars - first rate. There just is no questioning the hang and feel of Points North - its so unique... so special. I hope you get the chance to go spend a week in The Chugach. If you are considering a dream trip - don't go anywhere else. you WILL return to your normal life and look back wondering "did I really DO that?!??" and your pictures and memory will answer you with a resounding "HELL YEAH! I DID do that."

Book it!

Charlie13/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Month:
    March

Book it!

Charlie13/04/2019
Going to Alaska for me was a once in a life time trip, and I chose Points North to take care of it, the best decision I ever made. This operation is mind blowing. Jumping in a heli, only 35 meters from where you sat down for breakfast, and 15 minutes later being dropped into an endless expanse of terrain, catering for anyone. From glacier cruises to 65 degree sends, its all there. Blower powder and the best turns you may ever make. But what makes Points North special is so much more than the skiing. It’s all about the team.

The staff here are some of the most welcoming folk I have ever encountered on the freeski scene and they make your trip what it is. Owners Jess and Kevin’s charm is so integral to this operation. Kevin is totally honest about the conditions on offer and the weather incoming, (you are at mercy of the weather in the Chugach, we flew 3 days out of 6). He never shies away on the down days in embarrassment, he stands up and gets you stoked on what to come. Jess is warming and willing to help in any situation. My guide, Tino, was awesome. At no point did he make me inferior, like many guides do by stamping their authority, he involved our group in our line planning and was even kind enough to get me in his snow pits and teach me some new information on stability. Even the kitchen staff, whilst catering for over 40 every evening, were happy to trade stories and stoke the stoke. (On this subject the food is ace, good home cooking, exactly what one needs). And finally, this environment was a brilliant catalyst for making buddies with the other guests.

It sounds cliché, but these guys really do treat you like family. I arrived as a lone skier in AK and I left feeling part of an amazing team, with friends that I will hopefully ski with forever. If you want 5 star service whilst being treated like royalty, Points North is not for you. But if you want to feel like part of a genuine freeski pilgrimag, sign yourself up. This was meant to be a once in a life time trip, but I am already planning how to get back. Life will never be the same.

PHN - the best AK big mountain experience you can get

Michael Dickson11/04/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    March

PHN - the best AK big mountain experience you can get

Michael Dickson11/04/2019
Can't say enough good things about PNH - this is truely a home for those who want a genuine big mountain, extreme AK experience with a crew of professionals who value safety and work damn hard to get you the experience of AK that they all know and love.
PNH crew, atmosphere and setup are geared towards skiers/boarders who are in it for the skiing/riding - value is all about heli time, with the lodging setup like the club skiing camp style we have all grown up with (if you want the champagne, caviar and hot tubs then you can get that elsewhere). That said - the Orca Lodge gets better every year, with a new coffee shop this year that is actually awesome!
Nothing comes without risk of course - and main one is the weather gods. I have been to PNH 8 times, and only twice did I not use all of my heli time, and 3 years I have paid for extra time. I have been there in all types of conditions and have still loved it out there in the mountains even when conditions are 'variable!' and the blower pow and stable steeps are not running.
Guides and team are super qualified and professional - I have skied with 6 different guides and all have been excellent, super safe, confident and truly stoked to get you into things that push your limits if thats what you want and smash some fun laps of pow as well.
Tips - go with a group of 4 of similar ability who want to ski the same stuff as you, then you form your own heli group; If you can - go for 2 weeks and you get a bigger weather window; leave on the late flight from Cordova as then you can ski on Satdy if the weather is on.

Huge thanks to Kevin & Jess and all the team - Seeya next year!

World Class Operation

Ryan Pond10/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    March

World Class Operation

Ryan Pond10/04/2019
This is a World Class Operation!!! This place is for serious riders who care more about the terrain they are riding than the comfort of their beds. (though the beds are very comfortable, and the food is excellent,)

Everything about this operation from the vibe around the Lodge, to the Heli's being parked 150 feet away breeds enthusiasm for the event for which you booked your trip, riding big, steep, beautiful, mountains, covered in deep deep powder, guided by pro's who are as stoked as you to share the days events over beers when the sun goes down.

As anybody who loves the mountains knows, Mother Nature always has her say. That's true anywhere you go. But when Mother Nature is agreeable, this is as good as it gets! I've booked heli trips with other operations but never skied lines like the ones with PNH. I will be returning for years to come. Thanks Jess & Kevin !!!

Exceeded Expectations

Craig Sinclair03/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    March

Exceeded Expectations

Craig Sinclair03/04/2019
The team at PNH are total pro's in every respect. Firstly, they are totally committed to safety both in terms of their decision to fly and the work the guides do to evaluate the terrain and snow stability once you are out there. Secondly, they are expert in evaluating your skill level and being able to build your confidence and then push you into challenging terrain to max the thrill factor. Finally, Kevin, Jess and all the crew are a family - they represent the authentic Alaska heli-ski experience. In terms of skill level, I think expert riders will get the most out of it as you have to be prepared for variable Alaska weather and snow conditions. Having said that, we had 4 days of perfect conditions, which was insane.
It will blow your mind.

LOVE THIS PLACE

Laura22/06/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Month:
    April

LOVE THIS PLACE

Laura22/06/2018
This is the Chugach at its best. Great steep lines. Amazing staff. Family like atmosphere with everyone staying in one place for the week. Fun things to do on those Alaskan down days. Can't say enough good things.

Best Heli Turns on Planet

Chad Hester30/05/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April

Best Heli Turns on Planet

Chad Hester30/05/2018
I have been fortunate to ride Points North Heli in Cordova and many other places in AK and around the globe. Points North is my hands down favorite based on Terrain, Guides, Heli's, Safety, Fun, Down day activities and Overall Experience. Any Heli trip is contingent upon weather but when the weather aligns it is magical with 3-4 A Star Heli's and world renowned guides and pilots accessing the Chugach Range you turns and memories are sure to be life changing. Mount Eyak is nearby on down days, or a blue ice cave and climb, a massage or sauna with an ocean view. The food and lodging is good but this in Not Wiggley World and if you order Crab at the Reluctant Fisherman you can excel on all level. The town of Cordova AK is a drinking town with a fishing problem rich in nature, fish, crab, culture, and EPIC TURNS! I suggest a 2 week trip in Late March or Early April. There rental gear and avalanche safety and knowledge is also top notch. Points North in Cordova AK is what video's and dreams are made of.

2018 Point North, Alaska You gotta GO !!!

Randell Glover19/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    April

2018 Point North, Alaska You gotta GO !!!

Randell Glover19/04/2018
Hi Jessica, just want to say thanks’ for the fantastic time our group ( Randell, Simon , Jeremy and Gary ) had on our week 7 trip to Points North. One of the best holidays I have had ( and I have had some good ones! ) Great professionally run operation with that true laid back, rustic Alaskan charm. All your staff very helpful and put in % 110 effort to accommodate our needs and make our time in Cordova something we will be talking about around the camp fire in years to come. A special thanks to big Jimmbo for keeping us safe, finding great lines and telling us of some of his awesome life experiences! The charging bear story is being told everywhere back here!!! Hope the rest of the season goes well for everyone.

Cheers Randell

Most Epic & Thrilling Adventure Ever!

TN Grignard12/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    March

Most Epic & Thrilling Adventure Ever!

TN Grignard12/04/2018
PNH is a must for any skiing enthusiast! This was the paramount heli-skiing experience, and it will not be our last with PNH. Not only did my group have a phenomenal time on the mountains, the entire staff – especially: Jessica and our guide, Jim, more than met our expectations - wants and needs.

We were apprehensive about the weather being an issue, but were reassured that the smartphone weather app does not apply to the mountains of Alaska! It was projected to rain the whole week we were scheduled. Fortunately enough, the weather was nothing less than superb through the entire week although it did not appear it would be on a daily basis. As they stated and now, we believe the weather conditions change on an hourly basis.

The staff was beyond dedicated to making sure we got our money’s worth. Jim was with us our entire week on the mountain, glaciers and in the forest. His positivity, outgoing personality, and considerate mind set, made the trip a truly memorable and enjoyable one. Because he continuously asked our expectations of the day, he was able to optimize our time on, and off the mountains.

Days that we chose not to heli ski were jammed packed with other Alaskan adventures. We had the opportunity to hike a glacier, explored a forest that resembled the Lord of the Rings movie set, kayaked with a sea full of otters, and visited the residential side of Cordova where we were greeted with opened arms and delicious food!

This was the most EPIC and THRILLING adventure I have ever been on, and I cannot wait to start planning next years vacation!

Points North Heli

Patrick05/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    March

Points North Heli

Patrick05/04/2018
From the moment I arrived at Cordova Airport and was met by the PNH team I knew I was in for the adventure I was seeking. The entire staff including the guides (camp counselors as I liked to call them), office and kitchen crew couldn't have been more accommodating as they took their jobs serious all the while maintaining a cool and pleasant vibe. They know how to handle the various personalities they encounter.

This was my first time heli boarding and I can't imagine doing it in a better place than the Chugash Mountains and with the PNH team. The degree of difficulty of the runs range from intermediate cruisers to "you're out of your mind" steeps. On the first day on the mountain the guides will put you on generally less difficult runs to get a feel of your ability and then, without a doubt they challenge you to dig deep and ride/ski terrain outside your comfort zone. This is why I came to Alaska, to be challenged.

The weather cooperated and we got all of our fly time in. By the end of the week and on my last run I couldn't help but think of my favorite quote from the famous Dr. Seuss.

"If you never did, you should, because these things are fun and fun is good"

Best place for AK heli experience I've found

Kristen Ulmer29/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    March

Best place for AK heli experience I've found

Kristen Ulmer29/03/2018
This place has the whole package- great terrain, snow, vibe, food, lodge, people, guests, steeps- plus the price is unusually low for what you get. It's rare to find EVERYTHING at one place when choosing AK heli skiing. I've returned every year for 10 years now.

Deep and Steep. Best heliski experience ever !

Jean Collinet08/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    France
  • Month:
    February

Deep and Steep. Best heliski experience ever !

Jean Collinet08/09/2017
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.

Matt16/08/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    March

Land and slay.

Matt16/08/2017
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 Boye02/05/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April

Best Heli skiing experience on the planet!

Erik Boye02/05/2017
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 Soare29/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    April

Stunning experience at PNH; AK is awesome!

Georges Soare29/04/2017
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 Martin27/04/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April

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

Geoff Martin27/04/2017
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 k27/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April

Steep and deep in the Chugach

andrew k27/04/2017
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 Edmonds26/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    April

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

Nick Edmonds26/04/2017
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 Perrin26/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April

Riding the big and steep in Alaska!

Pat Perrin26/04/2017
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 Davis25/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    April

The best skiing available, hands down

Rufus Davis25/04/2017
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 Anthony25/04/2017