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Costco Alaska Heliskiing Experience

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Has anyone looked into this offer from Costco or ever skied/boarded with Valdez Heli Camps?  Looks like a pretty good deal but 25K of vertical is obviously not enough to base an entire trip around.  The do have upgrade options/snowcat/etc.

Here is the link:
post #2 of 8
Wow, that almost looks affordable.

(Really, not being facetious.)
post #3 of 8
 3 days of heli for 999? 333 a day, that is GREAT, basically the heli skiing for the price of discounted cat skiing. 
post #4 of 8
One could easily burn 25K on a nice weather day.  Still a pretty good deal.  Anyone know how much for extra vert.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Anyone know how much for extra vert.

While trying to find the answer to this question ($39 per 1,000 vertical) I ran across what appears to be "the catch":

"For those of you with more time than money, the Vertical Punch Card is the way to go!  Heli Skiing by this method is space available only, and low serial number, high denomination receives priority for a Heli Skiing seat.  So buy big and buy early. 25,000 vertical feet is about 6-12 runs or up to a day and a half of Heli Skiing."

From http://www.valdezhelicamps.com/heliboarding-online-shop/privates_punchcards_and_other_adventures/alaskan_copper_25000/

I guess you could go up there for 3 days and not have any "space available" on the heli. 
post #6 of 8
I have a couple friends coming back from a trip they won last year. I'll post their comments when I talk to them and get the details.

I think they had a great time. I only spoke with them briefly after day 2. They barely could fly in (3 passes at the airport to make it) and it was snowing a lot. They were cat skiing so far. Hoping for 'better' weather so they could fly.

As they were on their trip, they changed their registered name to mine so I could go to the Rochambeau tournament that would give away this year's trip. I was eliminated in two 'throws'.  At least they called my name. There was about a 1 in 2 chance to actually get called up to play.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
More fine print from the website-- (note that you can trade in 10K for a day of snowcat skiing and that vertical is "charged in increments of 2,500 feet"):

From: http://www.valdezhelicamps.com/heli_skiing_snow_cat_skiing_rates_and_packages/heli_ski_alternative/heli_ski_vertical_punch_cards/

Complete rules for the punch cards:

  • No Refunds/Replacements
  • Use is SPACE AVAILABLE only (No Reservations)
  • Card Expires 24 months from Purchase Date
  • This Card is the Property of VHC and its affiliates. VHC Reserves the right to revoke the use of this card at any time and provide a refund for the unused portion.
  • Good only to the Original Purchaser with Valid Picture ID
  • Vertical Charged in increments of 2,500 Vertical feet.
  • You must have a minimum of 5,000 Vertical Feet to start a Heli Adventure.
  • Additional Vertical may be purchased to round up to 20,000 Vertical Feet to complete a day's adventure at the rate of $39.95 per 1000 Vertical Feet
  • Punchcards can be used for snow cat skiing on a space availble basis at a rate of 10,000 vertical feet per day. (a day of cat skiing normally produces between 15-20,000 feet)

We found last season that our "extra" seats, those that are highly sought after for punch card holders, were becoming a hot commodity.  For the first time in the punch card program's history, we had to turn folks away - for a number of days. REMEMBER:  When we have extra seats, those with the highest denomination and lowest serial number are first in line for those heli skiing seats. So-o-o-o, if you are the first one to buy a 500,000 vertical punch card, you will be assured that you will get priority punch card seating when it is available.  That's why buying the punch card - no matter what denomination you choose, is worth doing as early as possible.  Here are our rules to determine priorities for space-available Heli skiing seats:

  • If a client would like to OWN a seat in the Heli they may BUY a seat (Single Day) at the current single day rate up to the time of grouping for departure.  Single Day Heli Skiers have seniority over all Punch Cards, therefore guaranteeing the seat. Likewise a pre-booked Snowcat Skiing Client may upgrade to Heli Skiing for the day rate amount difference and "own the seat".
  • Priority of Walk-Ons are as follows:
    • Pre-Booked Snowcat Ski Clients upgrading to Heli Skiing
    • Single Day Heli Skiers
    • Punch Cards of highest issued denomination
    • Punch Cards with oldest serial number
post #8 of 8
 Wow, Go Costco Go. This almost makes heli skiing possible for wanabees like me. It will probablly costs twice that to fly from Quebec to Alaska though  :(
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