The Valdez Heli-Camps Vertical Advantage

You Get the "Vertical Advantage" Heli Skiing ONLY with Valdez Heli-Camps in Alaska!

The famous Tusk in the Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska

Valdez Heli-Camps operates on the world-famous heli skiing slopes of the Chugach Mountain Range surrounding Valdez Alaska, birthplace of big mountain skiing. Many groups (including adventure film companies) visit us specifically for these steeper, jaw-dropping verticals and great access. While you don't have to go to the extreme to enjoy your time with us, we tend to attract higher caliber heliskiers and riders who thrive on this kind of challenge. The heli skiing and heli snowboarding opportunities found at Valdez Heli-Camps are second to none and can offer much variety. The responsibility of utilizing these heli ski slopes quite often dictates that we ski one at a time to minimize exposure to any hazards that may exist on slopes such as these. Accessing the type of steep exposed terrain that produces the high quality experience we strive to provide to our guests can often dictate that more time is required to negotiate a Heli slope safely as a team. This may equate to less vertical over the course of a day or a week than one might find at a typical heli skiing operation. The great benefit is found in the quality of a very unique and challenging skiing experience that can be had when this type off heli ski terrain is what one seeks. A true heli ski adventure experience like you will find in no other place on the planet.

The satisfaction of challenging yourself at a high level with the security of a small professionally guided team, just 4 riders of the same ability, offers a much more enjoyable experience than could be expected where the focus trends toward maximum vertical calculation for the operator to bill out. Racking up run after run along side several people of varying abilities, in some instances, as many as 10 or 11 people in a heli ski group does not compare to what is available heli skiing the Chugach Mountain Range with Valdez Heli-Camps.

Heli skiing for some quality powder turns

This is one of the most important reasons why Heli Skiing in Valdez with Valdez Heli-Camps has gained the reputation it has throughout the world! For those that do enjoy the freedom of wide-open slopes skiing and snowboarding side by side with friends and comrades nothing is sacrificed at Valdez Heli-Camps! We can quite easily provide for this level of heli skiing desire. We accommodate several initiates to Heli Skiing each season and those whose goals are to put up the big vertical numbers that are produced by "lapping up the Chugach" in one of our very fast A-Stars helicopters. These less technical slopes may sometimes offer a higher level of security allowing us to achieve large amounts of vertical for those with a preference for this type of heli skiing experience. Our Clients often choose this option and ski on the same day in areas directly adjacent to those groups working the high angle ski terrain. Quite often you can watch other heli ski groups from across the valley challenging the Chugach terrain while you are doing the same at your level or, mix it up bit, with some steep challenging runs and some powder cruisers of your own!!!!

We wrap that all together with our Premier All-Inclusive Heli Skiing Packages in what we call our Vertical Guarantee:

Explaining the Heliskiing Package Vertical Guarantee: The amount of vertical achieved in a week depends on conditions and the group's desired experience. The guarantees of 40,000, 50,000 and 80,000 feet are based on historical averages and used for creating a base price for your trip.  On average our groups will achieve 80,000 feet in a typical week accessing our steep technical slopes.  Many riders that prefer more open powder skiing, on slopes of higher relative security may easily ski more than 100,000 in a week.  An average ski day from the helicopter will produce 20,000 vertical feet.  If we consider that we may expect 4 out of 6 days in an average week of flying we arrive at 80,000 feet for a base price for the 6-day 7-night package.  This same thought process applies to the 3 and 4 day packages and their relative guarantees.  This formula has proven to give our guests a very realistic expectation of the total amount they will be spend on their stay with us.  Seldom do extra vertical charges or credits exceed $500 in value as observed over our more than 15 years of experience with our pricing system.

Explaining the Snowcat Alternative: With the large amounts of snow that blanket the Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez each year, it should be expected that there will be weather days that prevent heliskiing during your stay.  With Valdez Heli-Camps this is not a concern to you reaching the mountains.  On those snowy days you can expect to be skiing from one of our heated and comfortable Pisten Bully snowcats.  Our Snowcat ski terrain ranges in elevation from 500' to 4200' above sea level with the longest single runs producing over 3100 vertical feet of skiing. The terrain also offers some treed areas for good visibility on the stormiest low light days as well.  A normal snowcat ski day will produce 12-14,000 feet of skiing and for heliski package clients utilizing their guaranteed seat in the snowcats on these days we debit the vertical account just 9,000 feet for this service to you. * It is important to remember that with the snowcat alternative at any time should the weather change, we will immediately vault to the helicopters to continue the ski day heli skiing!  No helicopter ski service known to us can provide such an option to all of its guests each day of their stay and is all part of our inclusive heli skiing service to you!

While researching your heliskiing package options in Alaska and around the world remember that;

  • Only Valdez Heli-Camps can offer this combination of incredible terrain and daily access by helicopters or snowcats.    
  • Our Snowcats are at your disposal and require no additional commitment or cost to you to have this alternative for skiing or riding on days when other heliski operators are "stopped in their tracks."
  • The fastest reaction time to improving flying weather takes you to the helicopters at the first available opportunity right from your snowcat in just minutes.
  • No ferry costs or premiums if we must travel further from our base to the best snow and terrain while you are with us.
  • Vertical guarantees mean you pay for the skiing your group achieves not what you fly,
  • Find this nowhere but with Valdez Heli-Camps in Alaska!

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