As we were doing exploratory mobile Alaska heli skiing / heli snowboarding trips years ago, we found an amazing zone in the Northern Chugach Mountains near the Knik River. Our operational terrain with millions of acres is larger than the typical Valdez and Haines areas, and has multiple micro zones each with their own unique weather patterns. SMG also holds the sole permits for BLM terrain in this area equating to exclusive use of BLM land. This normally allows for finding the best snow and greatest opportunities for dodging the weather. If you do end up with a down day, with Anchorage nearby there are a lot of fun and varied down day options in Alaska’s biggest city.
We base Northern Chugach heli ski trips from our exclusive base on the Knik, or from our Girdwood base at Alyeska Ski Resort (depending on the needs of the guests). Heli skiing and heli snowboarding trips based from Alyeska Ski Resort are great options for those who want to combine their Alaska Heli Skiing/ heli snowboarding trip with a family ski vacation at Alyeska. You can heli ski and ride the lifts at Alyeska with your kids all on the same day.
The Northern Chugach terrain has it all. Big coastal spine lines, huge open faces, chutes, ramps, cruising glacier runs, bowls, and even a few trees. Runs are typically a minimum of 2,000 vertical feet, with most averaging around 3,500 vertical. Runs of 5,000’ of vertical are abundant and will burn even the most seasoned skiers legs when we ride it top to bottom.
All of our base and lodging locations also have access to Valdez, Tordrillo Mountain heli skiing and Neacola Mountains. Days to the Tordrillo Mountains are exceptionally fun, while staying in the luxury comforts of Hotel Alyeska or our other base locations. Unique to SMG, we can access all of the best zones across Alaska from any of our multiple base locations including the Valdez “Holy Grail of the Chugach” USFS terrain.
Most of our Northern Chugach Alaska heli ski terrain is at elevations below 5,000 feet so you don’t have to be a high altitude hero, but this area of the Chugach is very special and contains the largest peaks in the entire range as high as 13,176’. We normally find drier, better snow quality and long runs that can descend to nearly sea level with the favorable Northern Chugach weather.
In Anchorage, groups will meet at 7am on the first ski day. Silverton Mountain Guides Alaska Heli Skiing will pick you up, travel to the zone and be ready to ride that day. At the end of the 6 day trip you and your group will return to Anchorage at approximately 8pm on your final day of skiing. Anchorage has more daily direct flights than anywhere else in Alaska and is easy to get to without the need for additional connecting flights, rental cars, or ferries, saving you precious time and money.
Professionalism is valuable, important, and paramount to your safety and enjoyment on a Alaska heli skiing trip. The professionalism and reliability of the operator makes a difference when choosing your Alaska heli skiing and snowboarding experience.
Silverton Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity provider and employer, operating on the Chugach National Forest and Tongass National Forest under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.