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Where to Travel Next: The Best Trips to Take in 2022

Where to Travel Next: The Best Trips to Take in 2022

[Outside.com] When freeride pioneer Doug Coombs launched Valdez Heli-Ski Guides in 1993, Tsaina Lodge was a grubby base atop snowy Thompson Pass, where rowdy freeskiing bums would grab cheap beers and pitch their tents in the parking lot. But then former client Jeff...

Powder Dreams: Heli-Skiing Alaska’s Chugach Mountains

Powder Dreams: Heli-Skiing Alaska’s Chugach Mountains

[Andy Cochrane] “This isn’t a TGR film, we keep it pretty controlled,” said Matt Bohne, a soft-spoken avalanche forecaster, Wyoming native, and our heli-skiing guide for the week. Near 10 a.m. on our first day in Alaska, I naively believed him. After a 45-minute...

Rescue mission: Austin Nelson remembers

Rescue mission: Austin Nelson remembers

[Austin Nelson] "Back in April of 2012, I was part of a four person group that was accessing Mt. Worthington Glacier by snowmachines to enjoy an awesome day of skiing. Things went dark when I fell 80ft into a hidden, snow covered Bergschrund. My three buddies that I...

Witness 30 Years of Breathtaking Alaskan Ski Photography

Witness 30 Years of Breathtaking Alaskan Ski Photography

[Skimag.com] There are few mountain ranges in the world that deliver some of the most impressive terrain, lightest snow, and mind-blowing skiing like Alaska. For the last 30 years, I’ve been exploring and documenting skiing and snowboarding in Alaska by foot, boat,...

Trip Report: Valdez Heli-Ski Guides

Trip Report: Valdez Heli-Ski Guides

Heli Founder, Andy Culp, Offers an Inside Look to Valdez Heli-Ski Guides (Heli.life) — Since we started Heli in 2016, I have been fortunate enough to participate in my fair share of heliskiing trips. As we work with pretty much every heliskiing operation in the world,...

Big-mountain lines with Valdez Heli Ski Guides

Big-mountain lines with Valdez Heli Ski Guides

WORDS & PHOTOS • Crystal Sagan (Freeskier.com) — The first time I heli-skied in Alaska, I almost had a panic attack in the helicopter. It was our first drop and I was deep diving into the “what the hell am I doing here” mentality, also known as, “I’m in way over...

ALASKA HAS AN EDGE IN COVID VACCINATION

ALASKA HAS AN EDGE IN COVID VACCINATION

By snowmobile, bush plane and ATV, vaccines are getting in remote regions of Alaska at a faster rate than more-urban areas. Courtesy Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp.  (Bloomberg CityLab) — In much of the U.S., healthcare workers are involved in a delicate dance: making...

Get to the Chopper! No Time Like the Present to Go Heli-Skiing

Get to the Chopper! No Time Like the Present to Go Heli-Skiing

  (Bloomberg) Heli-skiing might be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but if there were ever a year to take the plunge, this is it. Why share a run with a bunch of strangers—who may or may not be taking proper Covid-19 precautions—when you can ski the best powder of...

Kirsten Kremer – Living Your Passion

Kirsten Kremer – Living Your Passion

(Living Your Passion LYP) The list of people I want to talk to is huge and while I want to talk with human beings from all over the world, about things I don’t even know exist, this week we will hear from Kirsten Kremer. Kirsten lives in Chickaloon Alaska with her...

Alaska: Are You Good Enough?

Alaska: Are You Good Enough?

(Ski Mag) A seasoned guide’s tips on how to ski Alaskan terrain—and how not to be the guy they’re talking about at the guide meeting. Try a shorter pole, suggests Doug Workman. It’s a trick he learned from Doug and Emily Coombs, founders of Valdez Heli-Ski Guides,...

Heli Skiing in the Heart of The Chugach Range With VHSG

Heli Skiing in the Heart of The Chugach Range With VHSG

(Heli.life) Valdez Heli Ski Guides (VHSG) has been flying, scouting, and skiing Alaska’s Chugach Range for over 30 years. Originally founded by extreme-skiing legend, Doug Coombs, this Valdez-based operator traces its roots back to the very beginning of heli-skiing in...

5 amazing ski slopes worth the schlep

5 amazing ski slopes worth the schlep

  (New York Post) — With the holidays now over, we gleefully enter into that sweet spot of the winter season when the rush of vacationers subsides; prices lower and pistes become less crowded. For those with a ski trip on the brain — whether that means playing...

10 Best Places to Go Heli-Skiing in North America

10 Best Places to Go Heli-Skiing in North America

    (MoneyCrashers.com) — Heli-skiing sure ain’t cheap, but it’s a heck of a rush. To get the best powder, the most pristine runs, and the possibility of the first descent down a drop, you can’t beat heli-skiing. Heli-skiing involves taking a helicopter that...

History of the Tsaina Lodge

History of the Tsaina Lodge

In the late 1980s, Alaskan bush pilot Chuck McMahan was driving on the Richardson Highway heading to Valdez when, surrounded by all these snow-covered mountains, he started to think he could land on the top of them and allow skiers to ride them down. In spring 1987, a...

World’s best 12 places for heli-skiing

World’s best 12 places for heli-skiing

    (CNN) — Whop, whop, whop. The thump of the rotors fades as the helicopter lifts away. Silence, just for a moment - a chance to drink in the pristine peaks. Then the rush of excited chatter as skis or snowboard are clicked on and the group turns to listen...

Amie Engerbretson

Amie Engerbretson

    "To me, Valdez Heli-Ski Guides is the premier heli-skiing experience in Alaska. The history of the lines, the Tsaina Lodge and Thompson Pass are amazing and the inspiration from all the legends that have skied there is tangible. My first line I ever...

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