Points North Heliskiing, Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Majestic Heli Skiing, Chugach & Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska
Majestic Heli Skiing, Chugach & Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska
Majestic Heli Skiing, Chugach & Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska
Majestic Heli Skiing, Chugach & Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides, Chugach Mountain, Alaska
Valdez Heli Ski Guides, Chugach Mountain, Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Points North Heliskiing, Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Telluride Helitrax, Telluride Colorado
Telluride Helitrax, Telluride Colorado
Telluride Helitrax, Telluride Colorado
Telluride Helitrax, Telluride Colorado

Heli Skiing

A powder hound may look like they have fleas when they’re itching to get a necessary fix of fresh powder. In the US where many ski resorts have a high ratio of skiers per acre, the chances of sniffing out powder without going backcountry are slim. The obvious treatment for a powder hound with an itch - a good dose of heli skiing (or heli boarding).

Heli Skiing USA The largest concentration of heli ski operators in the United States is in the Chugach Range in Alaska near Girdwood (Chugach Powder Guides), Valdez (Valdez Heli Ski Guides, Black Ops Valdez) and Cordova (Points North). Alaska Heli Skiing is world renowned for riding the steep and deep.

In continental USA (ie the lower 48 states or “outside”) there are relatively few heli-ski companies, especially when compared to heli skiing Canada. There is only one helicopter ski operation in each of the states of Wyoming, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.

Heli skiing Colorado consists of two operations: Helitrax is located at Telluride ski resort; and Silverton Mountain has added Silverton heli skiing to their repertoire.

There are two Utah heli skiing options: Diamond Peaks operate from Powder Mountain ski area; and Powderbird is adjacent to Snowbird and Alta ski resort.

Types of Heli Skiing Heli skiing (and heli-boarding) in continental USA is somewhat different to the typical style of heli skiing Canada. Instead of multi-day trips that offer remote backcountry lodging, all heli ski operations offer single day trips. Some even have one or two run options. Multi-day packages are also on offer, some of which include various accommodation options at a nearby ski resort.

In Alaska, some companies such as Points North offer the typical Canadian style of multi-day heli trips, whilst a few also offer single days (e.g. Valdez Heli Ski Guides, Black Ops Valdez), some of which are charged according to the amount of flying time. Some companies use snowcats as a backup alternative when the heli is unable to fly due to weather conditions.

Heli Ski Terrain in the US The Alaska heli skiing terrain differs somewhat from that in continental USA. In Alaska the tree line is low at about 450 metres (1,500 feet) above sea level, so opportunities for tree skiing are very limited. The treeless alpine terrain is similar to heli skiing New Zealand and heli skiing Chile. In the other states of the USA it is similar to heli skiing Canada whereby the terrain includes a mix of high alpine and tree skiing, which provides the advantage of less “no-fly” days because the trees afford some protection from the weather.

In Alaska, the ski terrain is often on glaciated peaks where the maritime snowpack is strong. With less avalanche risk and snow that sticks to even the steepest faces, the likelihood of skiing 60 degree pitches is greater, which is why Alaska gets the reputation for extreme heli skiing. Of course you don’t have to be a stunt skier as more gentle terrain is also on offer.

There is no shortage of powder in Alaska. The annual snowfall in the Chugach Range is anywhere from 30 to 80 feet (9.1 to 24.4 metres) per year, but it’s generally wettish powder. Other US helicopter ski areas also receive significant snowfall but the powder is much drier.

Many heli ski operators guarantee a certain number of vertical feet for each package they sell. The amount of vertical per run varies between operators, between runs, and will be dependent upon the weather, snow conditions and terrain available on any given day.

See our USA heli-ski comparison document to compare the average annual snowfall, size of terrain and the daily vertical for the US heliski operators.

Typical Heliski Costs Heli-skiing in the USA is generally more expensive than New Zealand heli skiing or heli skiing BC, but it really depends upon the currency exchange. Consider the cost as a wise investment in fresh powder happiness!

See our compare USA heli skiing document to look at the costs for each of the operators and different packages on offer.

Go Heli Skiing or Heli-Boarding A helicopter is the ultimate super fast chairlift that provides access to fresh tracks all day. Definitely give it a go. In the words of Warren Miller "if you don't do it this year, you'll just be one year older when you do."

Top Rated USA Heli Ski Packages

Points North Mixed Group Heli Ski Weeks DETAILS
MIXED GROUP HELI WEEKS | CORDOVA
Includes 4 hours heli time (approx 24-30 runs)
From price based on twin/double-share room (per person).
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Price p/p
USD 5,875
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Join Points North Heli Ski for an adventure of a lifetime in the epic Chugach range near Cordova. The week-long-package runs from Saturday to Saturday from mid Feb to late April. Packages are all inclusive with 4 hours of heli-time, exclusive lodging, all (chef prepared) meals, avo safety gear & more
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Valdez Heli Guides Mixed Group Packages DETAILS
MIXED GROUP HELI PACKAGES | VALDEZ
7 nights, includes 36 runs (30 guaranteed)
From price based on 7-day mixed group heli skiing packages.
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Price p/p
USD 11,076
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Whether you are a solo or have a small group, join Valdez Heli Guides in the adventure of a lifetime! Standard packages are 7 days (running from Sat to Sat each week from late Feb) plus 3, 4 & 5 day packages are possible subject to availability.
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Chugach Powder Guides Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
SINGLE DAY HELI SKIING ALYESKA
1 Day Heli Skiing
From price based on single day of heli skiing.
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Price p/p
USD 1,375
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Add a day or more of world renowned Alaska heli skiing to your Alyeska Resort trip. Single day heli skiing is available on Saturday and Sunday. Weekday (Mon-Fri) 1-day heli ski reservations can be made no more than 30 days in advance.
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Black Ops Valdez Mixed Group Packages DETAILS
MIXED GROUP HELI PACKAGES | VALDEZ
7 nights, 5 hours heli time (approx 40 runs)
From price based on 7 night package in twin/double-share room.
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Price p/p
USD 9,600
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Blacks Ops Valdez offer multi-day packages as either 3, 5, or 7 nights. the 7-night packages start on Sunday's whereas the 3 & 5 night packages can start on other days of the week subject to availability. All packages come with deluxe lodging, gourmet meals & hobbs flight-time (to ensure you get maximum value).
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Telluride Helitrax - Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
TELLURIDE DAY HELISKIING TOUR
6 Runs of Powder Heaven!
From price based on single day of heliskiing (6 runs) per person.
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Price p/p
USD 1,200
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Solo skiers/boarders, small groups & larger groups can enjoy an epic day of heliskiing at Telluride Helitrax. And if you’re skiing at Vail or Aspen, they can organise a same-day charter flight (fixed wing aircraft) to get you to Telluride. Have an awesome day heli-skiing & be home in time for dinner with the family!
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