Skiers and snowboarders come to Alaska for the amazing mountains and huge snowfalls that blanket them. You will find great conditions from our opening day in February until we button up the helicopter at the end of the season in May.
The Chugach Mountains are adjacent to the ocean, and snowfall increases dramatically with elevation gain. Yearly snowfall totals are typically in excess of 500 inches (1270 cm) above 3000 feet (915 meters). It snows a lot, and a lack of powder skiing is rarely on our minds! The elevation band we ski in is 2500 feet (762 meters) to 8500 feet (2590 meters).
Alaska is not a cold, dark place, often the opposite. The average daylight is 11 hours for February and 16 hours for April. The ocean does an amazing job of providing moisture for large, consistent snowfalls, as well as moderating winter temperatures. Daytime temperatures are typically 0 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 to -1 degrees Celsius) during the winter, and slightly above that later in the season.
What If The Weather Is Bad?
This is Alaska, and it snows here – a lot. Our location is slightly inland and at a higher elevation than other heli ski companies, this generally allows more flyable days than any other Alaskan operation. However, there are days when we cannot fly. They are inconvenient, though necessary for spectacular powder skiing. If the weather prevents us from flying we have a snowcat to help provide some extra turns. Additional activities to entertain you may include ice climbing, cross country skiing, wildlife viewing, or glacier tours. You can also relax and enjoy the scenery and serenity of our lodge. Maybe you can sneak in a massage or a yoga session.
Our deep snowpack offers amazing turns for everyone from first time powder skiers to those who are looking for jaw dropping steeps. Alaska is known for having consistent, high-quality snow. Though our terrain is relatively close to the ocean, our snow is light and dry. You can expect to get the same mind-blowing powder from your first turn at the top of your run to your last turn at the bottom!