Typical Day and What to Expect
Before your trip, you will receive a welcome packet and will have spoken with us via phone/email. Read our website thoroughly and let us know if you have any questions. If you represent a group, please pass all appropriate information along. Also, make sure we have your flight information, mobile phone number and any other relevant information.
There is nothing typical about heli skiing, hopefully the following example of our 3 day package will paint a picture of what to expect.
Your First Evening and Arrival
On the evening your package starts, we will greet you at the Anchorage International Airport baggage claim area, typically between 5 and 8 p.m. Please schedule your arrival and departure flight times accordingly. If you find yourself with extra time, the airport is very close to downtown Anchorage, which offers a variety of restaurants and other activities to entertain you before or after your trip. Taxis are readily available and there is luggage storage next to baggage claim #4 in the airport.
After we gather your luggage, it is a 115 mile/2-2.5 hour scenic drive to the Majestic Heli Ski lodge. Upon arrival our staff will welcome you and get settled into your accommodations.
Day 1/First Ski Day
Breakfast is served buffet style at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, you will read and sign waivers, step on the scale and receive your avalanche rescue gear. You will then watch our video regarding our safety procedures, protocols and gear. Next, we will practice our avalanche rescue skills/companion rescue (transceiver, shovel, probe, communication and teamwork) and then complete an aircraft orientation. The check-in and briefing process typically takes 1 to 2 hours depending on the number of guests. We do not compromise on safety and we believe in thorough guest training. Each morning our guides will present a weather/snow report, outline the general plan for the day and let you know who your guide(s) will be. We also have an information board in our lodge with the same information.
We ski/operate in small groups; we do not fly the 205 or 212 helicopters which may hold up to 10 guests. A group usually consists of 4 guests and 1 guide (weight restrictions apply). The AStar helicopter is configured for 4 guests in the back seat (facing forward) and 1 guide plus the pilot in the front. Groups are organized by keeping friends and family together, ability and by group weights.
A typical day is 6-9 runs. Several factors determine the number of runs per day; run length, group fitness, ability, number of groups, snow conditions, the weather, flight distance to terrain, the package you chose. . . On some rare days you may ski fewer than 6 runs, while on others it may be 10 runs, or even more. After 3-5 runs, lunch is served in the field, and then skiing resumes for another 3-5 runs. Lunch consists of homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and hot cocoa.
We are generally back at the lodge for appetizers and drinks in the late afternoon (again, depending on all those factors stated previously). Dinner is served between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or adjusted as needed to accommodate our skiing schedule. Dinner is 3-4 plated courses (family style) and fantastic (like all of our meals). We take food seriously and we aim to impress. We have a full service bar (alcohol is not included in our packages) that is well stocked with a selection of high-quality wines, beers and liquors. The bar stays open well into the night, though we ask that you observe “quiet time” starting at 11 p.m., as many of our guests like to turn in early to be ready for the next day.
Homemade breakfast buffet served at 8:00 a.m. Depart for skiing between 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Ski, ski, ski, eat lunch in the field, ski, ski, ski, and home to the lodge for appetizers, drinks and dinner.
Day 3/Last Ski Day
Homemade breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. We ask that on the morning of your last day you have your bags mostly packed and in the hallway. Depart for skiing between 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Ski, ski, ski, eat lunch in the field, ski, ski, ski. After skiing we check your gear in, check you out, allow you time for showering and get you back to the airport for your flight home. Your package does not include dinner on your last day. We generally want to depart the lodge around 3 p.m., which puts us at the Anchorage airport between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
-Our pickup and drop-off times are an estimate. We are at a remote lodge and factors may arise which are beyond our control such as bad weather, other guest arrivals, departures… We will always do our best to be as punctual as possible.
-There is baggage storage at the Anchorage International Airport in the South Terminal right next to baggage claim 4. Taxis are readily available. There are plenty of restaurants and attractions in and around Anchorage to occupy your time before or after your trip.
-All packages include breakfast on your first morning through lunch on your last day. Alcohol is not included, but is available for purchase in our full service bar.
-Lodge attire is casual and comfortable.
-If extra meals or nights lodging are requested or required we will do our best to accommodate you. Please ask us about rates and availability at the lodge or ahead of time when making your reservation.
-If you have skis that you like, please bring them. Powder skis are included in your package. If you forget anything, or just want to pick up some goodies for your friends and family we have a retail shop that has a variety of outerwear, base layers, mid layers, gloves, goggles, hats, t-shirts, coffee cups and more.
-If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know when you make your reservation and upon arrival.
-We have a hot tub, yoga studio and a massage therapist (at an additional cost). Cross-country skiing and phat tire/snow bikes are available for you at any time. Wi-Fi/internet, mobile phone service and satellite television are included at no extra cost.
-Hard soled shoes and ski boots are not worn in the lodge. We provide Crocs for you or feel free to bring your own slippers or house shoes.