Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime: Splash Out on a Heli-Skiing Adventure (Alaska)

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    Photo: Michael Neumann/Chugach Powder Guides

The numbers are staggering: Last year, Alaska’s Chugach Range had received more than 700 inches of powder by late February. Yep, we’re talking upwards of 60 feet, with months of winter to go. Add in the state’s thin population, plus the presence of just one resort in the area—Alyeska, 25 miles outside Anchorage—and the result is an absolutely silly quantity of untouched mountain snow to play in.

For flexibility, you can’t beat Chugach Powder Guides. The outfit partners with Alyeska to allow back-up resort access or cat-skiing days when the weather tanks and the helicopter can’t fly. The resort partnership also allows for a la carte heli-skiing: rather than being locked into a longer package, you can purchase a single day. A full day of heli-skiing goes for $1,175; multi-day packages start at $3,800, including resort lodging, and climb toward five figures from there.

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