Skiers and snowboarders come to Alaska for the endless variety of terrain, amazing mountains and huge snowfalls that blanket them. You will find great conditions and a deep snowpack from our opening day in February until our last powder turns in May.
The Chugach Mountains are adjacent to the ocean, and snowfall increases dramatically with elevation gain. Yearly snowfall totals are typically well in excess of 500 inches (1270 cm). It snows a lot, and a lack of powder skiing is rarely on our minds! Our lodge is at 3000 feet, this is higher than all other Alaskan heli ski operators and the highest ski lift in Alaska!
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.
Powder is What it is All About
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! 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.
What If The Weather Is Bad?
This is Alaska, and it snows here – a lot, which means there may be days when we cannot fly. Don’t fret though, as this is 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, nordic skiing, wildlife viewing, glacier tours or a soak in the hut tub. You can also relax and enjoy the scenery and serenity of our full service lodge. Maybe even sneak in a massage or a yoga session.