The guides of Valdez Heli-Ski Guides are recognized as some of the best in their field. They are representatives of the industry’s leading qualifiers: Heli-Ski US, American Mountain Guides Association, American Avalanche Association. They are trained in first aid: Wilderness First Responder, Outdoor Emergency Care, EMT. Many have skied in the Chugach’s Thompson Pass since the inception of heli-skiing in the early ‘90s. Some have won or placed in the World Extreme Ski Championships. All of them have skied and climbed in the greatest mountains of the world: the Himalayas, the Alaska Range, the Alps, the Andes.
VHSG’s guides have been handpicked for their commitment to the art of guiding. With VHSG you can trust that your guide has the requisite skills to take you down our biggest peaks. Unlike many heli-ski operators, where only the “lead guide” has the skill set to assess safety and to open runs, all of our guides are fully qualified professionals. Whether you are in the first group or the fourth, you will ski untracked ramps, faces, and couloirs on the legendary peaks of Alaska’s Chugach. Only with us: Valdez Heli-Ski Guides.
Scott has been the owner and operator of Valdez Heli-Ski Guides since purchasing the company from Doug Coombs in 2000. He began his Alaska heli-ski guide career in 1996 and soon became a lead guide and operations director. Scott has worked as a heli-ski guide in New Zealand, Chile, and Greenland, and as a guide on Denali. He is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and, when he’s not guiding in Valdez, Scott can be found ski-mountaineering and touring the Wasatch Mountains and skiing his home resort of Snowbird.
Kremer has not missed a ski season in the Chugach since her first visit to the area in 1993; she has been guiding with VHSG since 1996. Kirsten’s motivation and exploits are legendary: She has paraglided off the North Face of the Augille de Midi in Chamonix, climbed first ascents in Yosemite, skied first descents on Denali, and is a World Extreme Ski Champion. In the summer Kirsten guides on Denali for Mountain Trip and Alaska Denali Guiding and fills her spare time rock climbing.
VHSG turns to Don for his expert avalanche and weather forecasts. He is the president of Teton Avalanche Consulting, is a certified AMGA ski-mountaineering guide, an American Avalanche Association certified avalanche educator, and a bona fide ski bum. Don presents avalanche research at the International Snow Science Workshop and the American Avalanche Association. When he’s not skiing in Valdez, Don is at home in Victor, Idaho, and is known for breaking miles and miles of trail through the Tetons each winter.
Jed is comfortable in the biggest mountain environments, from first ascents and 5.13 red-points in Pakistan, China, and Alaska to the first descent of Amulet Peak in the Chugach Mountains. Since 2000, Jed has been an instructor and guide for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a lead Denali guide for the Alaska Mountaineering School, and a senior guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. He is also the director and lead forecaster for the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center in Alaska. Jed has completed Professional Avalanche Level 3 certification, is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. After spending time with Jed in the mountains, you are unlikely to forget his infectious laugh.
Zell has skied and guided in the Chugach longer than any other guide on Thompson Pass. His history in the area dates back to 1993 when he placed second in the World Extreme Ski Championships. He has been a fixture at VHSG ever since. Jeff has skied over 100 days a year for the last 25 seasons, some seasons tallying as many as 250 days. As VHSG's most-seasoned guide, he can calmly guide you down any run in the Chugach. As a certified PSIA Level 3 ski instructor, Jeff teaches skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and is a professional ski patroller at Snow King Ski Resort. He also guides for Togwotee Snowcat Guides.
Dan is a professional backcountry ski guide and patrolman based in Jackson Hole since 2000. He has guided many distinct, high-angle ski tours and descents on the Grand Teton. His guiding experience has stretched far beyond the Tetons to the Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina’s Tierra Del Fuego, Morocco’s High Atlas Range, and the Canadian Rockies. In 2005 Dan guided expeditions on Denali’s West Buttress and Nepal’s Lobuje East. He has taught avalanche courses for the American Avalanche Institute and is currently UIAGM certified.
Gary has guided throughout the world and now travels from his home in New Zealand to winter destinations in the northern hemisphere. He plans to make Alaska’s March and April ski season part of his migration pattern. Gary loves being on skis and is completely at home heli-skiing, ski-touring, and ski-mountaineering. Among his accomplishments he can count numerous first ski descents in North America and New Zealand as well as traverses of Denali and the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap. Gary is an IFMGA guide and a professional member and certified instructor of the American Avalanche Association. “Working with the talented team at VHSG in amazing Chugach terrain is a dream come true.”
John has been heli-ski guiding in Valdez since 2000, returning to guide for VHSG in 2014. He lives in Wyoming with his family where he works for High Mountain Heli-Skiing and the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol. John has spent many seasons skiing the Alps and the Indian Himalaya and has made numerous trips to the Canadian Rockies. He is a Heli-Ski US Mechanized Ski Guide Level 3, a Wilderness First Responder, a professional member of both the National Ski Patrol and the American Avalanche Association, and has completed Professional Avalanche Level 3 certification and winter weather forecasting.
In addition to his work with VHSG, which began in 2013, Matt /guides on Denali for Mountain Trip and has been an instructor on other extended backcountry expeditions, including NOLS programs, in Alaska, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. He has completed Professional Avalanche Level 3, winter weather forecasting, and the AMGA ski guide course. When not in Alaska, Matt resides in Jackson, Wyoming, were he spends his free time splitboarding in Grand Teton National Park.
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