Black Ops Valdez Heli Skiing
Alaska Heli Skiing is completely inimitable with stunning wilderness, mountains that will blow your mind, and an abundance of steep pow! Valdez Heli Skiing is world renowned and it’s for good reason that there are a few AK heli skiing outfits that base themselves in this amazing part of the world. The Chugach is legendarily vast to say the least, the copious snow drapes the mountains, and the heli skiing lines are incomparable.
Black Ops Valdez Heli Skiing is a relatively new player in the AK heli skiing market (although the staff are veterans of the business), and they are the next big thing. Black Ops Valdez (BOV) is very quickly gaining a reptuation for doing it better than the other guys and exceeding every guests’ expectations. Should you go heli skiing in Alaska with Black Op Valdez? Heli yeah! Make a dream come true!
BOV operate the top of the line B3 Astar Helicopter. Many operations use the standard B2. For this reason they are able to average more runs per day and per hour with the B3’s additional horsepower than other operations and their B2’s. The difference is clear! The overall weight capacity is not increased, but the performance and speed at max weight is obvious when flying. Nearly 200 additional horsepower help our rate of climb and thus the number of runs per hour vs. the B2. Not only that, but when landing in the mountains and the type of environments encountered, having additional power if and when needed, greatly increases the overall safety of the operation.
Your safety is BOV's top priority and you can rest assured that your pilot is one of the best in the industry. Their pilots also have thousands of hours and years of experience flying in numerous scenarios. Most have years technical mountain flying experience and fly year after year, right here in the Chugach for heli-skiers. With experienced pilots from Alaskan operators, you can be sure that they have the training and skills needed to operate in rugged mountain terrain and remote locations. And with on-site mechaics, you can be sure that your helicopter is safe and ready to go.
Black Ops Valdez Packages
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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Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, 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). More
- 5 hours heli (hobbs) time (approx 40 runs)
- Guided heli skiing (max 4 guests to a guide)
- 7 nights deluxe Accommodations at Robe Lake Lodge (Sun to Sat)
- Hearty hot breakfast, sack lunch, gourmet alaskan cuisine dinners
- Use of airbags, beacon, harness, pack, shovel, and probe
Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2017
Mar 26 - Apr 02, 2017
Apr 02 - Apr 09, 2017
Apr 09 - Apr 16, 2017
Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2017
Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2017
Black Ops Valdez Heli Skiing Location
Black Ops is based just outside the town of Valdez at the opening of the beautiful Prince William Sound, surrounded by the towering eastern Chugach Mountains. The lodge is located 10 miles from Valdez and the renowned Thompson Pass is just a few minutes in the other direction.
Valdez is 300 miles by road, east of Anchorage. There are multiple options for flights into Anchorage Airport (ANC) and then you can catch an early evening flight (40 minutes) with Era Aviation to Valdez Airport, where a BOV rep will drive you to the lodge (10 minutes).
Alternatively you can rent a car at Anchorage Airport and take the 5 hour picturesque drive to get to Valdez. Another option is to take a shuttle 40 miles south of Anchorage to Whittier and board a ferry to cruise across Prince William Sound to Valdez.
Heli Skiing Terrain
The Black Ops Valdez heliskiing area is massive with over 2,500 square miles (647,000 hectares). The terrain is largely in the alpine and there are also spruce and alder treed areas for low visibility days. The heli ski runs average between 3,000 and 5,000 feet and range from mellow slopes to the gnarly extreme terrain that Alaska is renowned for. The minimum required ability level is strong/advanced intermediate, and BOV will group guests according to ability.
The terrain has the advantage of a maritime snowpack which increases the likelihood of being able to tackle the steeps, and with over 1,000 inches of snow (25.4 metres) annually, powder hounds definitely won’t need to sniff for powder.
Inclement Weather Days….
No matter what anyone says or claims, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Alaska is a very rugged and unpredictable place.
Each and every year people come to Alaska to go skiing and snowboarding and are shut down by weather. It’s just the reality. Some people come year after year with great luck and ski their whole trip. You never know. Why take the chance?…because when it is good there is no place in the world like Alaska, and more specifically Valdez and Thompson pass!
Although BOV average 80% fly days, the same storms and incredible snowfall that make this place amazing, do occasionally prevent them from flying. When weather prohibits safe flying, with Black Ops Valdez, you’ve got options. If relaxing and enjoying the lodge isn’t of interest, they offer a variety of activities including Snowcat Skiing, Sled Skiing, Boat Tours, Snowmobiling Tours, Snowcat Tours, Ski Touring, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Climbing, Massage, Hot Tub, Sauna, Shopping & Museums.
Also, BOV is the only operation in Alaska to offer firearm Shooting as a down day activity. Their staff have years of experience in safe firearm handling practices and BOV offer a variety of firearms and shooting options. What Alaskan adventure would be complete without blasting a few rounds off? Valdez has several shooting ranges and areas designated for just that. Prices depend on firearm choice and current price of ammunition. A safety briefing and instruction are required.
Black Ops Valdez Guides
BOV guides are some of the top professionals in their field. Some are local Alaskans who reside here much of the year, and others have returned for over a decade to guide each year and witness the formation of the snowpack, and how the changing seasons affect our playground.
All guides hold US Avalanche II or III certifications or Canadian Level II certifications, have WFR, OEC, WEMT, EMT or other medical certifications, have been trained in rope skills and crevasse rescue, and are familiar with safely traveling in mountainous and glaciated terrain. All BOV guides are “lead” or senior guides who will have you skiing fresh tracks and untouched runs throughout the day.
BOV can safely say they all have the skills, training, and experience to provide you with the best day of skiing or riding in your life!