7 NIGHTS I 5 DAYS RIDING
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.