Safety first

Heli ski guiding in Alaska produces guides of unique quality and experience.

Your Heli Ski Guide is integral to your fun and safety. The best heli skiing guides choose Alaska heli skiing to hone their ski guiding skills to the highest level.

At Valdez Heli-Camps, your heli skiing safety is our number one priority.  VHC has an untarnished safety record throughout our operating history. We do not come by this record by chance nor equally do we take our success with your safety for granted. Our diligent operating protocols and guidelines reinforce the training and commitment of our professional guide staff.
Heli skiing guides: An integral part of both your fun and saftey
With this in mind, we settle for nothing less than the best heli ski guides in the business. A professional heli ski guide is the key to ensuring that you not only have the best time you've ever had in your skiing-life, but that you access this terrain with the best information and advice available with a committed and trained professional to lead you.  All of our guides have extensive guiding experience, as well as the most current emergency medical and rescue training available.  As intense mountain sport enthusiasts themselves, our guides understand the needs of our customers and bend over backwards to make sure that your experience is second to none while providing for your safety and comfort while joining them on the mountains and off.

Valdez Heli-Camps provides a continuing education and advance certification incentive program as part of the employment of each Heli Guide. This is the only such program of its kind in Alaska and insures the long term commitment of our staff to continuing education and improvement.

Each heli skiing guide carries a backpack stocked with light rescue gear and a first aid kit. The helicopter holds additional Items to accommodate any foreseeable safety concern. The radio dispatcher tracks the ski day and should emergency arise, is able to relay appropriate equipment and support.  Should special evacuation support become necessary, you will be financially responsible for additional costs incurred.  Please be sure your trip or medical insurance covers this type of rescue while joining us in Alaska.

We provide primary instruction for each participant on safe skiing techniques, mountain safety, avalanche hazards, and using the helicopters and snowcats safely at the onset of your time with us. You will sign a participant agreement as to this training. We provide safety gear as well for your use in the field as appropriate during your stay.  We heli ski in groups of four skiing individuals, with a professional heliski guide assigned to each group. While some of the visuals you will view on our website make great photo opportunities, be assured that the most precarious appearing images are those of professional skiers and guides.  Valdez Heli-Camps does its best to balance Client safety with Client's desire in accessing aggressive steep slopes.  Rest assured our Heli Skiing Guides are prepared for this, and their safety education (and continuing education) is there to provide the balance between risk management and the world-class experience you expect from Heli skiing the World Famous Chugach Mountains of Valdez!

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