Alaska Heli Tour
7 Nights I 5 Days riding
April 12, 2017 to April 19, 2017
$6749 PER PERSON*
EARLY BIRD OFFER – SAVE $250
BOOK BY 31 OCTOBER 2016
Tick one off your bucket-list. 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 2 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. Of course the highlight of this tour is three 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 nights twin share accommodation at Alyeska Resort
+ 3 nights twin share accommodation at Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge
+ 1 night twin share accommodation, Anchorage
+ 2 day lift pass Alyeska Ski Resort
+ 3 full days Heli-ski, includes 30,000 vertical feet
+ Avalanche safety training & orientation
+ Avalanche gear including airbag pack, transceiver, shovel & probe
+ All meals whilst at Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge
+ Airport meet & greet
+ Return airport transfers
+ Mint Tours hosting & guiding throughout
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.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Meet and greet at Anchorage Airport and private transfer to 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 new shred buddies over a beer and some Alaskan-syle BBQ grill!
Day 2 & 3 – 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 tree-lined runs, wide open powder bowls, and long top-to-bottom runs with loads of natural features for the freestyle rider. Catch the aerial tram up the hill and head to the Lower bowl, the perfect spot for making sweet powder slashes, or give your riding skills the ultimate test on the infamous North Face, featuring North America’s longest continuous double black run. There is so much terrain to explore during these first few days of riding. At night, check out the bars and pubs of Girdwood, or relax back at the resort and take in the incredible view of the surrounding Chugach mountains.
Day 4 – Transfer to Majestic Valley
From Girdwood, we 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.
Day 5 -7 – Heli-ski
Get ready to spend the next three days experiencing 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. We make over 30,000 feet of vertical descents, and with no trees, it means you can make those perfect powder turns. 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 out on the town sharing epic shred stories and partying the night away.
Day 8 – Departure Day
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 epic heli turns soon!
Suitable for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders. A good level of fitness is required for the heli-ski days.
We offer a range of additional resort service including:
+ Snow specific travel insurance
+ Equipment rental
+ Lessons & coaching
+ Resort & backcountry guiding
+ Private transfer upgrades
+ On and off-snow day tours
+ Car rental
Book before 31 October, 2016 and pay $6749 per person. For all bookings after 31 October, 2016 RRP $6999.
$500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.