What to Expect and How to Plan
Before your trip, you will have spoken with MHS via phone/email and you will receive a welcome packet. Read the MHS website thoroughly and let us know if you have any questions. Ensure we have your flight information, email, mobile phone number and any other relevant information.
Our drop-offs and pick-ups are at a scheduled time at the Anchorage airport, please book your flights accordingly. If needed, arrive the day before your trip so you can acclimate and enjoy even more of Alaska. Schedule your return flight after 7 p.m. or later so it will not interfere with skiing on your last day. If you are driving/renting a car let us know when you will be arriving at the lodge.
There is nothing typical about heli skiing, hopefully the following example of our 3 day package will paint a picture of what to expect.
Arrival Date (non-ski day)
On the date your package starts we will greet you that evening at the Anchorage International Airport baggage claim area, typically between 5 and 8 p.m. Please schedule your arrival and departure flight times accordingly to maximize your time and trip. The airport is in downtown Anchorage, which offers a variety of restaurants and activities to entertain you before or after your trip. You will want to eat dinner before we pick you up. Taxis/Uber/Lyft are available and there is luggage storage next to baggage claim #4 in the airport. If you are driving to the lodge let us know when you will be arriving. Renting a vehicle at the airport is easy and inexpensive, and you can drive right to our front door on a major highway (all-wheel drive is nice, though not necessary).
After we gather your luggage it is a 115 mile/2.5 hour scenic drive to the Majestic Heli Ski lodge. Once at the lodge our staff will welcome you and settle you into your accommodations. The bar will be open, along with the ambiance and spectacular views. Our team looks forward to making you feel welcome and at home.
Day 1 of Skiing/Snowboarding
Yoga/stretching 7 a.m. Breakfast is a stunning buffet at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast you will read and sign waivers, step on the scale and receive your avalanche rescue gear, followed by a video and presentation 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 3 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) and groups will be. We also have an information board in the lodge.
We fly the AStar helicopter and only ski in small groups. 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) with 1 guide and the pilot in the front.
A typical day is 6 – 10 runs. Several factors determine the number of runs per day; your vertical package, run length, group fitness, ability, number of groups, snow conditions, the weather, flight distance to terrain. . . On some rare days you may ski fewer than 6 runs, while on others it may be 10 runs, or even more. Lunch is served in the field and 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 at 6:30 or adjusted as needed to accommodate our skiing schedule. Dinner is 3 plated courses 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) 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.
Day 2 of Skiing/Snowboarding
Yoga/stretching 7 a.m. Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast it is time to go skiing! Lunch is in the field and delicious. We ski more powder after lunch until it is time to return home/the lodge for appetizers/drinks/hot tub/socializing… 6:30 Dinner. After dinner let the party continue, reminisce about the day, get stoked for tomorrow, go for a sunset walk, maybe get a massage…
Day 3 of Skiing/Snowboarding and Departure
On the morning of your last day have your bags packed before you depart for skiing, showers will be available after skiing. Yoga/stretching 7 a.m. Breakfast is at 8:00 a.m. Depart for skiing after breakfast. After skiing we will check your gear in, check you out/settle your tab and say our thank yous and goodbyes, and then off to the airport for your flight home. Your package does not include dinner on your last day. We generally drive away from the lodge around 3 p.m., which puts us at the Anchorage airport 2 – 2.5 hours later.
-Our pickup and drop-off times are an estimate. We are 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.
-Renting a car at the airport is hassle free and inexpensive. The highway is well maintained and it is easy to drive to our lodge.
-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. (State law prohibits bringing your own.)
-Lodge attire is casual.
-For 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 t.v. are included.
-Guide and staff gratuity are not included in your package. Cash is preferred (plan ahead) and credit cards are accepted. Please see our gratuity page