Valdez Heli Ski Guides

Overall Rating

Valdez Heli Ski Guides

Valdez Heli Ski Guides4.8/55
Valdez Heli Ski Guides4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides | Valdez Alaska

Valdez Heli Ski Guides

Overall Rating

Valdez Heli Ski Guides4.8/55
Valdez Heli Ski Guides4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Valdez Heli Ski Guides Alaska

Valdez Heli Ski Guides operate in the Thompson Pass area of the renowned Chugach Mountains where commonly more than 25 metres (1,000 inches) of snow falls annually. Go heli skiing with Valdez Heli Ski Guides and often you won’t just need a snorkel; you’ll need scuba gear! You won’t make fresh tracks, just fresh trenches!

And considering the legendary maritime Alaskan snowpack, the likelihood of being able to ski the steeps is heightened. The runs might not be as extreme or crazy as those depicted on ski movies, but often the conditions allow for some fantastic pitches to be tackled; the ultimate in steep and deep!

Valdez Heli Ski Guides pioneered guided Alaska heli skiing back in 1993 so they’ve got years of experience at guiding within the Last Frontier.

More Reasons to Heli Ski with VHSG
  •  These Alaska heli skiing packages are significantly cheaper than most Canada heli skiing trips. 
  • All VHSG trips have a low client to guide ratio (4:1) and there are only a handful of groups, so the experience is personalised. 
  • The guides are incredibly experienced, as are the helicopter pilots, and there is a significant emphasis on safety. 
  • Valdez Heli Ski Guides put a lot of effort into grouping guests appropriately to ensure that everyone has an amazing experience! 
  • With VHSGs you can have an all-you-can-eat buffet of deep delicious powder! What more could a hungry powderhound ask for?!

Where is Valdez Heli Ski Guides Located?

The base lodge for Valdez Heli Ski Guides is located on Thompson Pass, 35 miles from Valdez Alaska. Valdez is located east of Anchorage, a 300 mile drive by road.

From Anchorage International Airport there are flights to Valdez with ERA Aviation. To correspond with the ski weeks, Saturday afternoon flights to Valdez depart Anchorage at 5:15pm and arrive in Valdez 40 minutes later. There are also Saturday flights departing from Valdez for the return trip.

VHSG staff will meet you at Valdez Airport for the shuttle transport to the lodge.


View Larger Map

Valdez Heli Skiing Terrain

VHSG has massive terrain with more than 2,500 square miles of mountains and 550 ski runs. The pitch of the runs chosen depends on the snowpack stability and the group’s ability, but commonly Valdez Heli Ski Guides access some of the steepest ski terrain in North America. This is big mountain skiing! Runs are spectacularly long; about 3,500 feet on average, and some runs are as long as 5,000 feet. That many powder turns are likely to put the excitement-ometer into overdrive!

Valdez Heli Ski Guides only cater to advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders, and they group riders by ability to fully maximize everyone’s experience. Those new to steep and deep can get tuition on slough management and ride the scenic glacier runs, whilst experienced backcountry skiers can tackle the steep gnarly couloirs when conditions permit.

Weather Alaska heli skiing generally has the shortcoming of frequent bad weather that results in no-fly days. However the weather patterns at Tsaina Lodge are more stable than other parts of the Chugach Mountains, so Valdez Heli Ski Guides only have about 20% down days. On these no-fly days, other activities available include ski touring, ice climbing, sea kayaking, and fishing.

Valdez Heli Ski Guides Policies

DEPOSIT

All reservations require a 50% deposit with FULL PAYMENT due on January 31. Payments can be made with credit card or bank transfer.

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS

If a cancellation is made, notification must be given in writing via email to VHSG. Deposits are refundable up to 180 days prior to the start of your ski week. Any cancellation made within 180 days prior to the scheduled ski week is non- refundable. Each Group Membership guarantees the first seven flight hours only. Unused hours less than the seven-hour guarantee are refunded at $2000 per hour or credited for following seasons. THIS REPRESENTS YOUR ENTIRE REFUND IF WEATHER DOES NOT ALLOW US TO FLY THE GUARANTEED SEVEN FLIGHT HOURS. Valdez Heli-Ski Guides has the right to cancel any Group Membership at any time. If this occurs, a full refund will be given. If Valdez Heli-Ski Guides cancels a ski week due to a lack of snow or any other weather-related issue, then you will have the following options:

  • To reschedule for another date during the same ski season with no change fee applied.
  • To forward all monies paid to the following year with no increase in package price.
  • To forward 50% of all monies paid to the following year and receive a 50% refund. Any package price increase will apply.
  • All refunds will be sent within 60 days following their trip or cancellation date.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

It is very important that you read and understand the following information. Please contact VHSG if you have any questions. During your contracted period, you will have exclusive use of one A-Star B3 helicopter. You will be guaranteed two guides during all hours of operation (Sunday through Friday, between 9am and 7pm, and Saturday, between 9am and 4pm). On occasion operational hours can be extended. For each day during your Group Membership you will be required to fly if the Individual Member helicopter is flying. If you choose not to fly on a flyable day, two hours will be deducted from the seven hours of flight time guaranteed by VHSG (this deduction is only applicable if you do not meet the seven-hour guarantee). Federal Aviation Regulations require that pilots limit the number of hours they can work each day. These regulations must be honored at all times.

PACKAGE AND RATE SURCHARGES

Due to the variable price of jet fuel, a fuel surcharge may be issued. Our fuel surcharge is based on a six-month, rounded average of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s US Gulf Coast spot pricing index (www.eia.gov/ dnav/pet/hist/eer_epjk_pf4_rgc_dpgD.htm). Any fuel surcharge that is applied will be based on $15.42 per Hobbs hour. Occasionally, VHSG’s external costs or charge, such as permit fees, taxes, or other hard costs, will mandate slight adjustments or surcharges to prices, packages, and refund policies. However, final package prices will be locked in once a client has paid the package price in full.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Due to VHSG commitments made well in advance of the ski season AND due to extreme weather variations and other types of travel emergencies, our refund and cancellation policies are FIRM. VHSG highly recommends travel insurance to help safeguard you against unforeseen circumstances that may occur before or during your trip. We recommend Gowrie Group rickb@gowrie.com or Travel Guard Insurance at travelguard.com. We suggest a policy which has a “Cancel for any Reason” clause.

Do it!

Shteevo22/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA

Do it!

Shteevo22/03/2015
Blew our expectations out of the water. Beyond epic.

Best 50th Birthday Gift ever

Christopher Weiss18/07/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Admin Rating
    3

Best 50th Birthday Gift ever

Christopher Weiss18/07/2012
Visited Valdez Heli Ski Guides and Tsiana Lodge in March (same trip as video on another review). As I had taught skiing at Jackson Hole in the 80s I knew Jeff Zell and requested him as a guide. The four in our party were glad I did. It was what I had dreamed of.

While the powder wasn't hip deep - it was silky smooth, the views incredible and the runs totally exciting. Our Austrian pilot (also a Denali rescue pilot) was a truly skillful flyer - loved the runs downs and the trips back up.

I Know, "You Should Have Been Here...."

T. Martin13/07/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Admin Rating
    3

I Know, "You Should Have Been Here...."

T. Martin13/07/2012
I skied with VHSG the winter of 2010-2011, not the epic one. But, I am going to write in anyways. I usually go solo on such trips and fitting in can be an issue at times with any company. But, VHSG matched me in and gave me an experience of a life time. It wasn't only the skiing, but the heli flights/landings, the people that I skied with, and the professionalism of the guides and support staff from VHSG.

I would ski again with VHSG in a heart beat, if the opportunity came up again! The new lodge looks great now!

My best ski week in my life!

Roland Tomaschko30/06/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced

My best ski week in my life!

Roland Tomaschko30/06/2012
I think my movie says more than thousand words!

Best in the Chugach

Holly30/06/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best in the Chugach

Holly30/06/2012
Great guides, incredible pilots (I didn't expect the flights to be just as awesome as the skiing), and bad ass terrain.

Everyone we dealt with was super nice and accommodating.

As for the skiing, we were a little nervous because we consider ourselves expert skiers and didn't want to spend this much money if we weren't challenged. Wasn't even close to being an issue. The landings and drop ins were some of the most bad ass things we had ever done. We were also given plenty of options for most runs depending on what we liked to ski. And they do a good job grouping people. No one ever "held us back." When we drove back to our hotel after our first day, our smiles were ridiculous.

We did get really lucky, however, with the blue skies, new snow, and low avalanche danger. No complaints there.

We don't plan on ever skiing with another outfit in Alaska.
Valdez Heli Ski Guides Packages
select
Valdez Heli Guides Mixed Group Packages DETAILS
Price p/p Per person from price based on 7-day mixed group heli skiing packages.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 12,500

MIXED GROUP HELI PACKAGES | VALDEZ
7 nights, includes 5 hours Hobbs

Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Per person from price based on 7-day mixed group heli skiing packages.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 12,500
Whether you are a solo or have a small group, join Valdez Heli Guides in the adventure of a lifetime skiing or riding the legendary Chugach range! Packages are 7 days (running from Sat to Sat each week from late Feb). More
View inclusions & Add-ons
Click here for rates, dates & availability
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
Custom Booking Period
Min Days
Price
Availability
Custom Booking Period: Feb 25 - May 05, 2020
Min Days: From 7
Price: Enquire
Availability: Enquire
DETAILS
Valdez Heli Guides Private Group Packages DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on 7-day private group heli skiing packages (per person based on private group of 8).
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 13,500

PRIVATE GROUP HELI PACKAGES | VALDEZ
7 nights, includes 10 hours heli time (7 guaranteed)

Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 7-day private group heli skiing packages (per person based on private group of 8).
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 13,500
The ultimate way to experience the best of what Valdez Heli Guides has to offer is with your own private group; ski where you want as much as you want! Private packages are all 7 days (running from Sat to Sat each week from late Feb to early May) and are for groups of up to 3, 8 or 12 guests. More
View inclusions & Add-ons
Click here for rates, dates & availability
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
Custom Booking Period
Min Days
Price
Availability
Custom Booking Period: Feb 22 - May 02, 2020
Min Days: From 7
Price: Enquire
Availability: Enquire
DETAILS
1Total Results: 2Total Pages: 1