Points North Heli Skiing

Overall Rating

Points North Heli Skiing

Points North Heli Skiing4.9/532
Points North Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 32 reviews
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 Skiing4.9/532
Points North Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 32 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.

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.

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!

Everything I’d dreamed of

Jacquii Alexander
04/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit

    Everything I’d dreamed of

    Jacquii Alexander
    04/04/2020
    Wow. I had wanted to ride in Alaska for years, after growing up watching videos of all my snow heroes dropping lines surrounded by fluffy spray. So I was expecting all of that. And PNH didn’t disappoint. What I wasn’t expecting was the beauty, tranquility and vastness. The connection I would make with my guide. Or the number of friends I would make over the week. The week was life affirming and I cannot recommend spending a week with PNH highly enough.

    PNH is the best!!!

    Sean H
    04/04/2020
    • Recommend
    • Would Revisit

      PNH is the best!!!

      Sean H
      04/04/2020
      I’ve come up to PNH two years and simply put, it is fantastic! Great vibe that starts at the top with Quinner and Jess; just a bunch of genuine, like-minded people who want to ride the best terrain on the planet. It’s no surprise why they have such a high client return rate and low guide turnover. Plus, the new terrain they have access to is phenomenal! If you are fortunate enough to get up to Alaska, I’d highly recommend PNH…they are the best!

      Points North is the real deal!

      Jeremy C
      03/04/2020
      • Recommend
      • Would Revisit

        Points North is the real deal!

        Jeremy C
        03/04/2020
        I cannot speak highly enough about the experience I had PNH. Kevin and Jessica are some of the nicest and most dedicated people I’ve ever met. Their goal is to make sure you have the best days you’ve ever experienced on your skis or snowboard, and they definitely hit that mark for me. The focus is on terrain choice and snow quality .vs powder harvesting and super posh accommodations. I really appreciate that. The staff is also extremely educated and super fun to hang out with after the heli is shut down for the day. You just want to support these people after being around them. I’ll be back every season from now on!

        Big lines and Huge fun in AK!!!

        Klaus
        07/05/2019
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Snowboarder
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Advanced
        • Country
          USA
        • Month:
          April
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Big lines and Huge fun in AK!!!

        Klaus
        07/05/2019
        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 Wicker
        27/04/2019
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Snowboarder
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Advanced
        • Country
          USA
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Points North is THE PLACE for Your HeliDreamTrip

        David Wicker
        27/04/2019
        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!

        Charlie
        13/04/2019
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          18-35
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Book it!

        Charlie
        13/04/2019
        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 Dickson
        11/04/2019
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          Australia
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        PHN - the best AK big mountain experience you can get

        Michael Dickson
        11/04/2019
        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 Pond
        10/04/2019
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          United States
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        World Class Operation

        Ryan Pond
        10/04/2019
        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 Sinclair
        03/04/2019
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          51-65
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          New Zealand
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Exceeded Expectations

        Craig Sinclair
        03/04/2019
        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

        Laura
        22/06/2018
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Month:
          April
        • Admin Rating
          2

        LOVE THIS PLACE

        Laura
        22/06/2018
        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 Hester
        30/05/2018
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Snowboarder
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          United States
        • Month:
          April
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Best Heli Turns on Planet

        Chad Hester
        30/05/2018
        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 Glover
        19/04/2018
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Snowboarder
        • Rider Age
          51-65
        • Rider Ability
          Advanced
        • Country
          Australia
        • Month:
          April
        • Admin Rating
          3

        2018 Point North, Alaska You gotta GO !!!

        Randell Glover
        19/04/2018
        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.

        Most Epic & Thrilling Adventure Ever!

        TN Grignard
        12/04/2018
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Advanced
        • Country
          United States
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Most Epic & Thrilling Adventure Ever!

        TN Grignard
        12/04/2018
        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

        Patrick
        05/04/2018
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Snowboarder
        • Rider Age
          51-65
        • Rider Ability
          Strong Intermediate
        • Country
          USA
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          4

        Points North Heli

        Patrick
        05/04/2018
        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 Ulmer
        29/03/2018
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Rider Age
          51-65
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          United States
        • Month:
          March
        • Admin Rating
          2

        Best place for AK heli experience I've found

        Kristen Ulmer
        29/03/2018
        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 Collinet
        08/09/2017
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Mixed Group
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          France
        • Month:
          February
        • Admin Rating
          5

        Deep and Steep. Best heliski experience ever !

        Jean Collinet
        08/09/2017
        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.

        Matt
        16/08/2017
        • Recommend
        • Would Revisit
        • Rider Type
          Snowboarder
        • Rider Age
          36-50
        • Rider Ability
          Expert
        • Country
          Australia
        • Month:
          March

        Land and slay.

        Matt
        16/08/2017
        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 Boye
        02/05/2017