With more than 2,500 square miles of glaciated mountains in its backyard, VHSG offers everything from scenic glacier runs and powder bowls to steep couloirs, exposed ramps, and big mountain faces. The cold maritime snow that falls in our region is world renowned, enabling us to ski some of the steepest terrain in North America with a confidence and sense of security not possible anywhere else. Runs average between 3,000 and 5,000 vertical feet.
Thompson Pass averages more than 1,000 inches of snow a year. Pacific storms building over the Gulf of Alaska mix with cold Arctic air, reliably delivering some of the deepest powder in North America. Though the days are shorter and colder, February and March see the deepest powder. Temperatures can drop below zero during these months but the average is typically 10-20F. Then, in the long days of April and May, powder is accompanied by corn snow and temperatures average 15-30F.
the proving ground
Alaska’s eastern Chugach Mountains have been the epicenter of big mountain skiing since its inception in the early 1990s. This terrain, pioneered by VHSG for the last 20+ years, remains the proving ground for the world’s elite skiers and riders. Ski and ride alongside the guides of VHSG and you, too, can safely access the best terrain in the world.
AK's famous steeps
Valdez Heli-Ski Guides
PO Box 3281
Valdez, AK 99686 USA