Mint Chicks Alaska Heli
7 Nights I 5 Days riding
April 10, 2019 to April 17, 2019
$5300 USD PER PERSON
Mint Chicks Snowboard Tours
Heli-Ski in Alaska with the Mint Chicks
We’re bringing together a group of like minded women for a week-long trip of heli-skiing and snowboarding in Alaska. There is nowhere else in the world that can come close to the experience of skiing or snowboarding in Alaska. We will have access to thousands of square miles of terrain. Whether you are a first time heli skier or a savvy veteran, your mind will be blown by the mountains and the snow quality. There is a huge amount of terrain that we can access and our guides know how to find whatever it is that you are looking for, ensuring that every guest is smiling. We’ll be able to choose from open bowls, spines, low-angle powder, ramps, couloirs, long glacier runs, and Alaskan steep faces. We’ll ride primarily in alpine terrain (no trees) and on glaciers. The scale, vastness and beauty of Alaska is awe-inspiring. The terrain we ride will suit the ability level and pace of our group. Our goal is to find the best powder you have ever experienced. There are no groomed runs here, all of the riding is in the backcountry and provided by Mother Nature. We aim to ride untracked snow on every run.
About the Tour
If you want to ride in Alaska and you don’t know where to start, join us as we tour through Alaska with our experienced guides. We kick off the tour in Anchorage, and head to Alyeska Resort, where we spend our first two days days riding. The resort has some of the most insane in-bounds terrain in North America. Home to the infamous North Face, Alyeska lives up to its reputation of steep and deep with serious snowfall and challenging terrain. A perfect warm-up for the days ahead. Of course the highlight of this tour is the 3 days heli-skiing, racking up over 30,000 feet of vertical. We ride the iconic big lines of the famous Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, including incredible open bowls, spines and long glacier runs. Throughout the trip we stay in luxury twin share accommodation, including the Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge. We’ve got the heli pad out the front and the hot tub out the back, ready for us to kick back with a few frothy’s after scoring the best lines of our life. Fully hosted and guided. If you’re looking for THE ultimate heli-ski adventure, then this tour is for you.
3 Days Heli-skiing
Included in your tour is 3 days/30,000ft of heli-skiing. There is nowhere else in the world that can come close to the experience of heli-skiing in Alaska. Our heli-ski partner, Majestic Heli Ski operates in the Chugach and the Talkeetna Mountains where we access thousands of square miles of endless terrain. Whether you are a first time heli skier or a savvy veteran, your mind will be blown by the mountains and snow quality. We have a huge amount of terrain to choose from and our guides know how to find the line that you are looking for.
Snowfall & Conditions
The Chugach Mountains are adjacent to the ocean, and snowfall increases dramatically with elevation gain. Yearly snowfall totals are typically well in excess of 12 metres. It snows a lot, and a lack of powder is rare. The ocean does an amazing job of providing moisture for large, consistent snowfalls, as well as moderating winter temperatures. Daytime temperatures are typically -15 to -1 degrees Celsius, just like you would likely find at your local ski resort. The lodge is at 3000 feet, this is higher than all other Alaskan heli ski operators and the highest ski lift in Alaska! You will find great conditions and a deep snowpack in April. Alaska is not a cold, dark place, often the opposite. The average daylight is 16 hours for April.
With massive amounts of terrain, our heli-ski partner offers something for everyone to dream about and then experience. Choose from pristine bowls, AK spines, ramps, couloirs, glacier runs and terrain that goes-on forever, Alaskan steep faces and everything in-between and imaginable. No tree skiing here, we ride in the alpine and on glaciers. Vertical descents range from 1,000 feet to 4,500 feet (305 meters to 1372 meters) or more. The elevation band is 2500 feet (762 meters) to 9000 feet (2590 meters), altitude sickness is not an issue, non-stop fun is. And it is awesome.
Alaska has some of the best steep skiing in the world. Our guides goal is to provide you with a once in a lifetime powder skiing experience and the opportunity to challenge yourself. Skiing the steep lines requires the right combination of weather, snowpack stability, snow quality, skiing/snowboarding ability and teamwork. When conditions permit and guests have established confidence and trust with their guide, the opportunity to work into steeper and more exposed terrain may be permitted.
For the first 3 nights of the tour we stay at the ski-in/ski-out The Hotel Alyeska which is perfectly located at the bottom of the Alyeska Ropeway. This makes it the perfect base camp for the start of your Alaskan adventure. The hotel is equipped with shops, pool, hot tub, bars and restaurants. We then head to Majestic Heli Ski Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Northern Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. There are hiking, cross-country ski trails and wildlife viewing right outside the door. You can enjoy the stunning scenery from inside the lodge, outside on the deck or while soaking in the hot tub. On a clear night you might catch the Northern Lights in the sky. There is a spectacular dining and sitting room as well as several common areas to relax and reminisce in. There is a full service bar, retail store and gear storage. You’ll have everything you need to enjoy your stay. Amenities include high speed internet, satellite television, mobile phone service, hot tub, nordic skiing, yoga, snow-bikes and massage therapy (additional cost). You’ll enjoy modern conveniences with the rustic charm Alaska is famous for. All packages are double occupancy. Single rooms are subject to availability and an additional charge.
Your tour includes;
- Three (3) Day All-Inclusive Heliski Package:
Three days of skiing, three nights of lodging and meals.
- Vertical: 30,000 vertical feet (9,144 vertical meters)
- Small Group Heli-skiing: Small group heli skiing combined with fast helicopters result in more vertical per day! Heli-skiing and heli-boarding is all about just you and your mates, your guide, and a helicopter, enjoying a spectacular day ripping it up in the mountains of AK. Not only is it is easier to create cohesive groups with similar ability levels, but also the ski guides have the opportunity to move quickly throughout their vast tenure. You ski and ride more of the terrain and powder you want when helicopter skiing in small groups.
- Lodging at the Majestic Heli Ski base: All rooms are double occupancy. Single rooms are an additional cost and subject to availability.
- Guided access to the amazing heli-ski terrain: With massive amounts of terrain, Majestic Heli Ski offers something for everyone. Choose from pristine bowls, AK spines, ramps, couloirs, glacier runs and terrain that goes-on forever, Alaskan steep faces and everything in-between. No tree skiing here, we ski in the alpine and on glaciers. Vertical descents range from 1,000 feet to 4,500 feet (305 meters to 1372 meters) or more. The elevation band is 2500 feet (762 meters) to 9000 feet (2590 meters), altitude sickness is not an issue, non-stop fun is. And it is awesome.
- Heli-ski Equipment: Skis, poles, avalanche airbag backpack, transceiver, shovel, probe, radio, harness, carabiner (bring your ski boots, snowboarders and telemarkers must bring their own skis/board and boots)
- Vertical guarantee: Credit or refund.
- Avalanche safety training: Training and orientation for heliski
- Arrival Day Transportation: One way scheduled transfer from Anchorage Airport to Alyeska Resort on arrival day.
- Meals during your stay at Majestic Wilderness Lodge; Breakfast is a continental buffet. . . . But this is not your typical buffet! Breakfast might include items like homemade pastries, pancakes, eggs benedict, reindeer sausage and french toast. It will always include the basics such as greek yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, tea, and coffee. Lunch is eaten in the field and consists of homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and hot chocolate. Dinner will cap off another stunning day of skiing and snowboarding. The chefs serve modern cuisine. You can expect amazing salad starters, the finest cuts of meat, local favorites (such as Alaskan salmon, king crab and halibut), fresh vegetables and homemade breads. Dinner will be capped off with a handcrafted dessert.
- Inter Resort Transfers: One way scheduled transfer from Alyeska Resort to Majestic Wilderness Lodge.
- Departure Day Transportation: One way scheduled transfer from Anchorage accommodation to Anchorage Airport.
- Alyeska Accommodation: 2 nights twin share accommodation in an ensuite room at Alyeska Resort
- Anchorage Accommodation: 1 night twin share accommodation, downtown Anchorage
- Lift Pass: 2 day lift pass Alyeska Ski Resort
- Hosting & Guiding: Mint Tours hosting & guiding throughout
10 April, 2019
Arrival Day, Transfer to Alyeska
Meet and greet at Anchorage Airport and private transfer to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. This small mountain town is nestled among lush forest and surrounded by the peaks of the famous Chugach Mountain Range. After settling in to our ski-in/ski-out accommodation at the Alyeska Resort, head out to explore the town and get to know your the other guests and guides over a beer and some Alaskan-syle BBQ.
11 & 12 April, 2019
Riding at Alyeska Resort
We spend our first two days riding at Alyeska Resort, home to over 650 inches of snowfall annually, and some of the best steep and deep terrain in the world! Alyeska has some of the most insane in-bounds terrain we have ever seen and it’s the perfect warm-up to our heli-ski days. This resort is truly a playground for snowboarders of all riding abilities, with perfectly groomed runs, wide open bowls, and long top-to-bottom runs with loads of natural features. Catch the aerial tram up the hill and head to the Lower bowl, or give your riding skills the ultimate test on the infamous North Face, featuring North America’s longest continuous double black run. At night, check out the rustic local pub’s in Girdwood, or relax back at the resort and take in the incredible view of the surrounding Chugach mountains.
13 April, 2019
Wildlife Rescue Park / Transfer to Majestic Valley
From Girdwood, we head to the Alaska Wildlife Rescue Park, where you can get up close to Grizzly Bears, Moose, Wolves and other rescued wildlife. We then drive an easy two hours along the Glenn Highway through the picturesque Matanuska Valley, finally stopping at the luxurious Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge. Our home for the next three nights, this remote lodge has everything we need for the ultimate heli-ski adventure; from outdoor hot tubs and full service bar, to heli pick-up right outside the door. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and watch the Northern Lights dance in the night sky from the deck, or scope out your dream lines for the next day.
14, 24 & 16 April, 2019
Majestic Heli-ski Days
Get ready to experience some of the best powder snowboarding in the world! The Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska are epic… home to incredible terrain from open bowls and spines, to steep faces and long glacier runs. Included in your heli-ski package is 30,000 feet of vertical descents to be used over 3 days, if weather and conditions are right, there is always opportunity to add extra runs. These fully guided heli days are aimed at finding the best powder and provide the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself in the safest possible way. All riders take part in orientation and avalanche training on the first day, and are provided with complete avalanche safety gear including airbag backpack, transceiver, shovel, and probe. With thousands of square miles of terrain, you’re guaranteed some incredible bucket-list worthy powder turns that will put a smile on your face for the rest of the trip! On our last heli day, we bid farewell to the Alaskan backcountry and make our way back to Anchorage. We spend our final night in downtown Anchorage, and explore some of the areas craft breweries and restaurants.
17 April, 2019
Departure Day, Transfer to Anchorage Airport
On our final day we transfer you back to Anchorage Airport, where we bid you farewell with high fives and new shred buddies. WARNING: This trip will have you wanting to come back to this part of the world for more heli turns soon!
There is nowhere else in the world that can come close to the experience of skiing or snowboarding in Alaska. Our heli partner Majestic Heli Ski operates in the Chugach and the Talkeetna Mountains and has access to thousands of square miles of terrain. Whether you are a first time heli skier or a savvy veteran, your mind will be blown by the mountains and the snow quality. There is a huge amount of terrain that we can access and the Majestic Heli-ski guides know how to find whatever it is that you are looking for, ensuring that every guest is smiling.
With all that terrain available, a lack of good powder is rarely an issue. We’ll be able to choose from open bowls, spines, low-angle powder, ramps, couloirs, long glacier runs, and Alaskan steep faces. We’ll ride primarily in alpine terrain (no trees) and on glaciers. Vertical descents range from 1,000 feet to 4,500 feet (305 meters to 1372 meters) or more. The elevation band we spend most of our time skiing is typically between 2500 feet (762 meters) and 8500 feet (2590 meters).
The scale, vastness and beauty of Alaska is awe-inspiring. The terrain we ride will suit the ability level and pace of your group. Our goal is to find the best powder skiing you have ever experienced. There are no groomed runs here, all of the riding is in the backcountry and provided by Mother Nature. We aim to ride untracked snow on every run.
You don’t have to be an expert to heli-ski.
Contrary to popular belief you do not have to be a professional, or even an expert to enjoy heli skiing or heli boarding. We cater to intermediate through expert skiers and riders and welcome first timers. All you need is a good attitude, respect for the mountains, and be of intermediate or better ability. Our goal is to find you the best untracked powder that you have ever experienced and to make sure that everyone has a great time doing it! The terrain we ski will suit the ability level and pace of your group. We tailor our groups to meet each person’s needs, understanding that the definition of fun can vary from person to person. Prior experience riding in powder is helpful but not necessary. A level of personal fitness will definitely help you get the most out of your trip.
The heli ski season in Alaska runs from the start of February to the end of April – it’s a pretty short season, mainly due to the lack of daylight hours early in the year. Early April is prime time, as the days are longer, giving you more opportunities to heli ski, and the temperatures are still relatively cold with regular snowfall. So essentially you can strike a balance between daylight, conditions and snowpack stability.
Our heli partner, Majestic Heliski are dedicated to providing cutting edge safety standards and require that all guests and guides use an avalanche airbag backpack (included). All guests are provided with a harness, carabiner, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. Instruction in the competent and efficient use of all safety equipment is included.
Throughout the tour all guests stay in luxury twin share accommodation. If you’d like more room, single rooms can be arranged.
Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Northern Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. Gorgeous views abound! There are hiking, cross-country ski trails and wildlife viewing right outside the door. You might decide to take in the scenery from inside the lodge or from outside on the deck or in the hot tub. On a clear night, you might catch the Northern Lights in the sky. The lodge has seven private bedrooms and there are two cabins adjacent to the lodge. There are several common areas, gear storage areas and a spectacular dining and sitting room. You’ll have everything you need to enjoy your stay. Amenities include internet, satellite television and mobile phone service. You’ll enjoy modern conveniences with the rustic charm Alaska is famous for.
The Hotel Alyeska is a luxury hotel right at the base of Alyeska Resort. The hotel features a luxury full-service day spa with daily drop-in yoga sessions, a Saltwater pool, whirlpool & fitness centre, Complimentary high-speed wifi in common areas, High-speed internet access in guest rooms, Seven Glaciers Restaurant which is AAA Four Diamond award winning mountain-top dining as well as other restaurants and shops. The hotel is nestled among the beautiful Chugach Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wildlife.
Suitable for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders. A good level of fitness is required for the heli-ski days.
There is nothing typical about heli skiing, hopefully the following will paint a picture of what to expect when we are at the heli-ski lodge.
Upon arrival our staff will welcome you and get settled into your accommodations. The bar will be open (liquor laws prohibit bringing your own alcohol) and the views are spectacular.
Day 1/First Heli-Ski Day
Breakfast is a stunning buffet at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, you will read and sign waivers, step on the scale and receive your avalanche rescue gear. You will then watch our video and presentation regarding our safety procedures, protocols and gear. Next, we will practice our avalanche rescue skills/companion rescue (transceiver, shovel, probe, communication and teamwork) and then complete an aircraft orientation. The check-in and briefing process typically takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on the number of guests. We do not compromise on safety and we believe in thorough guest training. Each morning our guides will present a weather/snow report, outline the general plan for the day and let you know who your guide(s) and groups will be. We also have an information board in our lodge.
We will fly in the AStar helicopter and always ski in small groups; we do not fly in the 205 or 212 helicopters which may hold up to 10 guests. A group usually consists of 4 guests and 1 guide (weight restrictions apply). The AStar helicopter is configured for 4 guests in the back seat (facing forward) and 1 guide plus the pilot in the front.
A typical day is 6 – 10 runs. Several factors determine the number of runs per day; your vertical package, run length, group fitness, ability, number of groups, snow conditions, the weather, flight distance to terrain. . . On some rare days you may ski fewer than 6 runs, while on others it may be 10 runs, or even more. After 3-5 runs, lunch is served in the field, and then riding resumes for another 3-5 runs. Lunch consists of homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and hot cocoa.
We are generally back at the lodge for appetizers and drinks in the late afternoon (again, depending on all those factors stated previously). Dinner is served at 6:30 or adjusted as needed to accommodate our skiing schedule. Dinner is 3 plated courses and fantastic (like all of our meals). The lodge takes food seriously and aims to impress. There is a full service bar (alcohol is not included) that is well stocked with a selection of high-quality wines, beers and liquors. The bar stays open well into the night, though we ask that you observe “quiet time” starting at 11 p.m., as many of our guests like to turn in early to be ready for the next day.
Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. We spend the day heli-skiing, eat lunch in the field, lets ski some more, time to go home/the lodge for appetizers, drinks and dinner.
Day 3 and Departure
On the morning of your last day have your bags packed, showers will be available after we finish riding for the day. Breakfast is at 8:00 a.m. Depart for the heli’s after breakfast. After riding we will check your gear in, check you out/settle your tab and say our goodbyes, and then off to Anchorage for your final night. Your package does not include dinner on your last day. We generally drive away from the lodge around 3 p.m., which puts us at the Anchorage airport 2 – 2 1/2 hours later.
A 50% deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 90 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours and Majestic Heli Ski terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.