Posts Tagged ‘Valdez Heliskiing’

AK Ingenue: Hooking up the Sisterhood

Written by leehart on February 29th, 2012. Posted in AK adventures

Heliskiing, Chugach, Valdez AK, "H2o Guides"

Heliskiing is fun and empowering!

If you’re a mountain girl, there’s no place like Valdez. I love the ocean but I realized a few years ago I’m ok to just visit the ocean. I need my ocean fixes for sure and my body sends strong signals when I’m overdue but once I sail or dive I’m ok to leave until the next time the urge strikes. But I need and must have mountains. When I come home from the ocean, my soul my bones my muscles and my eyes relax because I am home.

The mountains here are big and plentiful. A couple of days ago, I got my first glimpse of the glaciated terrain that is a hallmark of this area and it took my breath away. So the first thing I thought of was how to share this amazing place with some of my mountain-loving industry friends. Working with my newest mountain mama girlfriend, Karen Cummings, who co-owns the premier heli-ski company in Alaska with her husband, Dean, and with Dean’s full support, we crafted a special package for our industry girlfriends to come join me in Valdez in what looks like it will be the deepest snow year on record for a trip-of-a-lifetime Alaska adventure.

Exclusive Wild Women’s Alaska Adventure
with H2o Guides
April 17 – 22, 2012; ask about longer trip April 14 – 21.
3 day/5 night trip-of-a-lifetime adventure with H2o Guides, Alaska’s premier heli-ski operation.
Valdez is on track to go down in history as receiving the deepest snowfall on record. Epic snowfall makes this the best year to take that dream winter escape to Alaska’s spectacular Chugach Range.
The package includes the following:
3 days of heliskiing: 6 runs; 20,000 feet of vertical per day
Yoga nightly
Additional activities include an up-close glacier experience including interpretive trekking and introduction to ice climbing
Breakfast and lunch daily plus one private special reserved dinner
Safety equipment
Ground transportation
Custom travel insurance (protects against inclement weather)
Guide fees, exclusive of tips
Price: $4411 double occupancy; $4538 single occupancy.
You won’t see this advertised on the H2o Guides web site; reserve now by calling 907.835.8418. Space is limited. We’re happy to help make connections so you can get the double occupancy rate. Call today and mention promo code: wildwomen. I already have one seat confirmed.

Note, you fly in the first day of the trip. Most airline schedules from major airports around the country can get you to Anchorage by 3 p.m. in time to catch the last flight of the day to Valdez on Grant Air or Era Aviation. The same is true in reverse for your departure. The last day of the trip you’ll get on the last plane from Valdez (VDZ) to Anchorage (ANC) and catch a red-eye back home. If you have any questions or concerns you can ask them in the comment stream or call me at 303.898.4141. If you ever dreamed of coming to Alaska let alone heli skiing in Alaska, there really is no better time to do so than this spring through this program. The snow is deep, the prices are as low as we can go and you’ll go home a better skier, a more accomplished backcountry traveler, and winter sports enthusiast. Hope to see you here in April!

H2o Guides Heliski Offers Value Package to Dought-Stricken Skiers, Snowboarders

Written by leehart on January 16th, 2012. Posted in Biz Buzz

Residents dig out as record-setting snowpack piles up in Alaska; H2o Guides offers Valdez Epic Deal heliski package

Residents dig out as record-setting snowpack piles up in Alaska; H2o Guides offers Valdez Epic Deal heliski package

Valdez, AK – Amid one of the deepest winters on record, in a town already known as the Snow Capital, the premier heliski operator in Alaska’s famed Chugach mountain range is offering a value package designed to make it even more appealing to make this year THE year for skiers and snowboarders take their dream heliski vacation.

“We’ve never seen it this deep, this early. It’s insane,” said big mountain steep-skiing icon and H2o Guides founder/owner Dean Cummings, who has been guiding heliskiing in the area since 1991. “We’ve got such a huge snowpack, it seems only right to try to make it more accessible to all the snow-starved ski area season-pass holders in the some of our favorite places.”


Valdez, year-round home to Cummings and headquarters for his family-run H2o Guides, has been getting pummeled with snow that’s so relentless, the town elementary school closed for fear the roof might collapse. With no place left to clear snow from the streets, snow removal equipment is dumping loads of the white stuff into Prince William Sound. According to the Anchorage Daily News, “The record snowfall for Valdez, 560.7 inches, was recorded in the winter of 1989-1990. The current snowfall is on track to eclipse that.”

The Valdez Epic Deal offers special pricing on a heliski/ski package to any powder-craving ski area season pass holder in California, the Central Rockies including AZ, CO, NM, MT, UT, WY, and the East Coast. The promotion is also available to former guests who are already in the H2o Guides database.

The Valdez Epic Deal includes the following: Discounts on multi-day heliski packages the first two weeks of March and Cummings’ signature hybrid powder skis that carve from H2o Outdoor Gear; $550 for skis regularly priced at $899. Valdez Epic Deal customers will also get a free souvenir hat and t-shirt. Savings total nearly $600 for a dream heliski trip and skis.

Discount heliski packages are limited in number and available on a first come, first serve basis the first two weeks of March as follows: Discount skis, free souvenir hat and shirt plus 10 percent off a 5-day/7-night trip or 5 percent off a 3-day/5-night package trip. To take advantage of this offer, call 907.835.8418 and be sure to mention “Valdez Epic Deal.”

Founded in 1995, H2o Guides is the longest-running heli ski business under one owner in Alaska and the only company based in Valdez year-round. Guests of H2o Guides enjoy premium all-service customer service and unparalleled terrain. H2o’s permits through federal land managers give guests a gateway to over 2.6 million acres, more than any other operator in the world. With nine unique staging locations, H2o Guides accesses good snow when other operators cannot. The company’s safety record is unmatched. For more information about H2o Guides visit their website,