Alaska's Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez are the Super Bowl of heliskiing and heliboarding. They are Earth's snowiest coastal mountains and consistently receive the most snow in Alaska. Snowfall is surreal in Valdez! Alaska's greatest concentration of glacial ice is found in this section of the Chugach, with thousands of separate glaciers. Every skier and snowboarder deserves to experience this.
H2O Guides Founder Dean Cummings has skied and guided in these rugged, remote mountains since 1991 when he first arrived in Valdez to compete in the inaugural World Extreme Skiing Championships. Dean pioneered Alaska heliskiing and established the highest standards for remote guided helicopter operations.
Founded in 1995 by Dean following several years of research and development, H2O Guides is the longest continuously operating heliski company in Alaska with the original owners who live in Valdez year round. H2O Guides absolutely has the most experience and knowledge of the Chugach Mountains with the best safety record in the heliski industry.
H2O Guides developed its world class backcountry access programs by fusing 'top down' backcountry protocols with remote guided helicopter operations. Our experience, superb safety and operations record, commitment to protecting wildlife, and focus on sustainability were reasons why the US Forest Service awarded H2O Guides the only permit for commercial heliskiing in the Chugach National Forest between Valdez and Cordova: the Holy Grail of Alaska heli-skiing adventures.
H2O guides flies far beyond the Thompson Pass corridor. We can access several thousand square miles of the Chugach, giving H2O Guides the best ability to find pristine powder and avoid major wind corridors while other operators are constricted to less terrain closer to their heli pads and limited to heliskiing outside of the Chugach National Forest boundaries.