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Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks

Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks5/529
Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews
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Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks - Reviews

Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks - Reviews

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
  • Recommend
  • 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!
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