Heliskiing: Extreme Adrenaline
Here’s your guide to Alaska’s winter adrenaline rush:
and Cordova: These two towns are world-famous for having some of the premier heli-skiing terrain in the world. Both towns made headlines this winter as they received eye-popping and record snowfall. More than 300 inches of snow was recorded in Valdez this year and nearby Thompson Pass boasts an annual average of more than 500 inches. Both Valdez and Cordova offer access to the area’s nearby Chugach Mountains, with a perfect combination of steep terrain, clear weather and massive amounts of powder. Valdez is surrounded by some of the world’s tallest coastal mountains, some topping 7,000 feet. The peaks offer diverse terrain, from glaciers to bowls of powder and steep couloirs, exposed ramps, and giant mountain faces.Valdez is about a six-hour drive from Anchorage and is also accessible via air and the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Cordova is accessible by ferry or by plane, with regularly scheduled jet service offered by Alaska Airlines. Its location allows access to a secluded region in the Chugach Mountains.
: Located just a half-hour drive from Anchorage, Girdwood provides easy access to the Chugach Mountains and is home to Alyeska Resort, a year-round, full-service destination resort. Heli-skiing operators transport riders to heights and locations unreached by chair lifts, where they can revel in the deep powder and stunning views of Turnagain Arm. Conquer more than 4,000 feet of vertical elevation and enough terrain for the enjoyment of most skill levels.
and Juneau: These two Southeast towns provide access to more than a million acres of prime heli-skiing territory. Two of the most celebrated heli-skiing areas are the Coast and Chilkat mountains, which feature a mix of steep chutes and deep valleys. The Chilkat Mountains provide riders the chance to ride through waist-deep powder while enjoying the 270-degree vista of water and views of the Juneau Icefield, Fairweather Range and Glacier Bay National Park.
: A new heli-ski destination on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is home to premium terrain with steep runs and a remarkable view of the islands and fjords of nearby Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park.
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