Operation Overview

The longest, continuously operating, most committed Alaska helicopter skiing operator, H2O Guides was founded by Dean Cummings who pioneered remote heli ski guiding in the Chugach Mountains starting in 1991, enabling skiers of all abilities to experience Alaska. Our research, development, and common bonds shared with guests allow access to 18 interconnected regions, each Teton Range-sized, within the most impressive snowbelt on Earth. We have two flights connecting daily to Valdez, inclusive packages, four exclusive groups weekly, and the smoothest, steepest heli ski terrain available. Nothing compares.

Terrain Overview

Beginner: 10%, Intermediate: 30%, Advanced/Expert: 60%

The Bottom Line

We deliver a truly remote backcountry experience within the insanely picturesque Chugach Mountains—the most spectacular glaciated heli ski terrain anywhere with Alaska’s deepest snowpack.

Season Highlights

  • Backcountry touring heli drops
  • Private helicopters and custom trips
  • 03/01 – 03/08/14: North America Mechanized
    Ski Guide Course
  • 04/19 – 04/26/14: North America Mechanized
    Ski Guide Course


Annual Snowfall:500-1000 inches
Exclusive Terrain:Sole licensed heli ski operator for 225,280 acres of core Chugach Mountains terrain
Non-Exclusive Terrain:2.6 million acres, including terrain for all abilities
Price Range:$1,280 for an average of 20,000 vertical feet
Seasonal Dates:03/01/14 – 04/26/14
Years in Business:20
Types of Helicopters:Three A-Star B2 Helicopters
Guarantees and refund policies:Our Cumulative Runs Policy includes run rollover from day to day. Each three-day package includes 18 runs with 15 guaranteed, while a five-day package includes 30 runs with 27 guaranteed. All of H2O’s packages have trip insurance for runs missed due to inclement weather, delayed connecting flights, etc.
Down Day Activity:Ice climbing, Thompson Pass road runs (powder skiing on non-flyable days), backcountry touring, glacier trekking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, crevasse-rescue training,
and avalanche training.
Nearest Airport:Valdez, Alaska
Nearest Town:Valdez, Alaska
Lodging Amenities/Availability:20 Guests are lodged at the Valdez Harbor Inn overlooking the iconic Valdez Small Boat Harbor with authentic Alaska ambiance and delicious cuisine.
Local Bars:The Wheelhouse, Fat Mermaid, 32° Lounge and Grill, Pipeline Club
Local Restaurants:Off The Hook, Fat Mermaid, Mike’s Palace, 32° Lounge and Grill, Ernesto’s, Fu Kung, Mai Thai
Contact Info:AlaskaHelicopterSkiing.com
(907) 835-8418