Heli-Accessed Backcountry Ski Touring
Are you looking for an affordable way to experience the famous Chugach Mountains?
In 2011, PNH obtained a non-motorized ski touring permit from the U.S. Forest Service in the Cordova Ranger District. This permit is the first of its kind in the Chugach.
We invite you to come visit PNH this spring and help us continue our program in terrain that has never seen tracks, up or down, before. This is a rare opportunity as it’s your chance to have limitless first descents and be part of the naming of an entire new “zone” in our newly permitted ski touring area.
- Week 1 :: March 16 – 22
- Week 2 :: March 23 – 29
- Week 3 :: March 30 – April 5
- Week 5 :: April 6 – April 12
If you are interested in alternative dates, please email or call us.
- Group(s) up to 8 guests.
- $2,275 for 7 days / 6 nights.
- 6 nights lodging. Our goal is to have you at the camp for the duration of your stay. If weather does not allow 6 nights, PNH will accommodate you at our lodge until we can get you out to the camp. We are responsible for your lodging from Sunday arrival to Saturday departure.
- All meals, transportation during your stay.
- 2 guides and 1 assistant guide.
- 1 helicopter drop off and 1 helicopter pick up
Additional helicopter lifts are available based on actual flight time.
All groups are flown from our base in Cordova to one of our Arctic Oven tents complete with wood stove, food and the necessities to be comfortable in the mountains. Groups will have the opportunity to ski from the front door without the pressure of heli ski groups around you. All trips will be tailored to your needs and desires. The terrain out your doorstep is limitless with many different options.
Upon your return from the mountains we would love to have you stay with us at our facility if we have room. We offer lodging (all-inclusive meals, lodging and transportation) at $150 per night. If you need additional lodging pre or post your trip with us, there is also a great hotel in town, the Reluctant Fisherman (http://www.reluctantfisherman.com), that can accommodate your lodging needs.
Since you’ll be visiting and skiing with us as backcountry skiers and mountaineers, we assume that you will be showing up to Cordova with the necessary equipment to have a safe, enjoyable stay. All trips are with one of our certified PNH guides however; it is highly recommended that you read up on avalanche safety techniques and glacier travel protocols before your trip. This will also be refreshed with you prior to departure into the mountains. Please contact us with any questions.
Although customary, gratuities are entirely at your discretion. Should you wish to express a personal thank you to our guides / helper, typical tips are 5-7% of $150-$300 per guest for your guide(s).
Refund / Cancellation Policy
In the event of weather and groups cannot access the heli drop off touring terrain, they will have the opportunity to ski tour the endless terrain around Cordova. $500 will be credited to a future trip in the event you cannot fly into the mountains due to weather. PNH will take care of all food, lodging, transportation and guides for your stay.
(*) Starred items are recommended
Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Gear
- Shovel, Beacon, Probe, AT Binding with Skis or a Splitboard, Skins, *Verts
- Ice axe(s), *Whippet, Crampons
Glacier Travel Equipment
- Harness, *snow picket, one hand prusik, one foot prusik, pulley, *rope man, 20’cordelett, 6 carabineers, one locking carabineer, 3 long runners.
Yurt Equipment (comfort)
- Booties, Sleeping bag (rated -15, -25, -40), Down *Pants/Jacket, 4 Season Sleeping Pad.
In your words…
“I have to take a brief moment here to tell you two again how awesome of a time I/we had on the PNH yurt trip. The whole thing wildly exceeded my expectations, and – beyond the magic of beautiful weather and ridiculous pow – was a spiritual experience for me. Camp couldn’t have been much comfier, the guides and Wes could not have been more accommodating in every sense – touring, safety, scoping and sticking lines, prepping food, and just being all around great guys – and it goes without saying that the skiing was just plain phenomenal. From the experience of a first ascent/first descent, to the velvet powder right over the hill from camp, the whole experience was, well, something that has made returning to the “real world” really difficult! Again, thank you for your vision in putting this experience together, and for letting us be a part of the first season. All the best with the Warren Miller filming, and the rest of the season. Hope to see you again soon!”
“The Points North Heli touring program is pure, unadulterated skiing. You spend a week deep in the Chugach Mountains doing what you came to do: ski. The best part is, you don’t have to go home at the end of the day. You get to stay out there in the endless alpenglow, eat delicious food, and relax with your friends at the 5-star winter camp. The terrain you ski varies from powder fields, to spines, to wide ramps, to tight couloirs. You get to have it all, and perhaps more importantly, you get to have it all to yourself and your friends. Highly recommended for competent backcountry skiers who love to tour, have always dreamed about a week-long backcountry trip in Alaska, but lack the time and resources to put together an expedition like this on their own. Here, Points North Heli handles all the logistics and lets you show up with your crew to simply go ski the best terrain on Earth.”
- Sam Petri, TGR