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Four Days in Alaska [heliski trip planning]

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Dear Epics,

 

I would like to know your opinions on which is the best four or five Heliski days alternative in Alaska.I was interested in Tordrillo Lodge,they have amazing terrain and excellent guides but they seem to have only seven days packages.

Any ideas?.

 

Txs in advance!!

 

Cheers,

 

Nacho

post #2 of 8

My friends tell me the Tordrillo Lodge is really nice.  They usually book the whole place.

Weather in AK is fickle, short trips are risky.   Better to go for seven days and hope you ski three.

 

How many skiers do you have and what kind of terrain are you looking for?

 

Hard to beat CPG for an easy trip into ANC with guaranteed skiing.

post #3 of 8

Tordrillo is nice. I like it - though I only skied there in the spring.

 

I would not book a winter AK trip for the duration you are discussing. As noted by shredhead above, consider a week. Or more. There is a reason for the package structure (on top of bush plane travel time...). You are not going to be a happy camper if your trip consists of siting in the hot tub and sipping coffee in the lodge while the weather refuses to cooperate. Nice as the hot tub and lodge are... You simply need to allow for the realities of weather and snow there.

 

Don't get me wrong. I am a heli fan. But you have to be realistic. And AK has its weather pattern challenges. Do what you can to stack the odds in your favor - wherever you are going to go.

 

What time of year are you looking to go? 

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hello guys!!

Thank you for your help.This are very valuable opinions.This kind of trips are expensive so,if you say weather is so unpredictable,I better look for something less exotic and more predictable.My plan was spending some days in Alyeska and then heliskiing in March.CPG I is Chugach?.
Anyway...again,thank you guys!!
post #5 of 8

CPG is Chugach and based at Alyeska.  So if you can't fly there, you may at least be skiing powder at Alyeska.  As others have noted, it makes little sense to go for less than a week at a remote location.  I only got 2 ski days out of 6 my last 2 Alaska heli trips.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thank you Tony! and thank you for the information you periodically supply to all snowheads.

I wonder...who pays the lofty price of skiing,for instance,in Tordrillo or Chugach considering the weather characteristics of Alaska?.On top of that,I must travel from South America.

Conclusión: Canada is the best option...I guess...

 

Cheers!

post #7 of 8
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I wonder...who pays the lofty price of skiing,for instance,in Tordrillo or Chugach considering the weather characteristics of Alaska?

 

Heliskiing in Alaska is cheaper than in Canada.  You might also get an experience like my first time there:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3034  That was probably the best ski day of my life and has lured me to return.

 

However, the other 3 Alaska trips have been characterized by both weather shutdowns and less than ideal snow conditions.   So I have settled on Canada snowcat skiing as my favored top quality for a high but palatable price skiing.  Canada is more reliable for powder and much less prone to closures.  However, if steep terrain and big lines are a key part of what you want, nobody beats Alaska for that so you have to live with the weather risk.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Tony,

 

I looked at the photos.That is a perfect day!!,and thank you for sharing.But...I am sure you agree with me that you can have this in Canada...

I am not an "extreme" skier,I like challenges but I ski for pleasure,not to get stressed!!.

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