THE PREMIER ALASKA ADVENTURE VACATION
TERRAIN: H2O Guides accesses numerous remote mountainous regions that range from the Shoup Glacier west of Valdez nearly to the Copper River east of Valdez in Alaska's majestic Chugach Mountains. These regions of the Chugach contain the greatest concentration of glacial ice in Alaska. We heli-ski massive glacial basins lined with ramps, spines, couloirs, chutes, bowls, ridgelines and broad faces with glorious descents down to pristine glaciers. The terrain we access is well-suited for intermediate to extreme-level skiers and snowboarders.
SNOW: The regions of the Chugach surrounding Valdez and Prince William Sound feature Alaska's deepest annual snow pack and are Earth's snowiest coastal mountains—we ski cold smoke powder on a MASSIVE annual snow pack thanks to the interface of maritime precipitation and Arctic temperatures. We often measure storm snow accumulation in METERS. The quality of the snow here is unique. It sticks to steep faces like glue yet remains fresh and dry thanks to glacial refrigeration. Even during late April we access thousands of vertical feet of beautiful powder snow.
EXPERIENCE: Founded in 1995 by Dean Cummings—world champion skier, renowned big mountain guide, and heli-ski pioneer—Dean Cummings' H2O Guides is the longest-running heli-ski company in Alaska under the original owners who live in Valdez year round. 2017 is our 23rd-consecutive season. We have unmatched knowledge of the terrain, snow, glaciation, and weather so that you can access the goods.
SAFETY: H2O Guides has the best safety record in Alaska validated by industry insurance provider data. Your safety is always our first priority.
ABILITY: We cater to confident-intermediate, advanced, expert, and pro-level skiers and snowboarders. We access the terrain that is appropriate for your ability and group's objectives whether you prefer cruising moderate powder bowls or charging the steepest, deepest big mountain freeride terrain in the world.
CONVENIENCE: Our all-inclusive BEYOND THE TUSK package provides a unique Alaska adventure combining mind-blowing guided heli-skiing and heli-boarding, exclusive heli-skiing terrain that is not shared with other operators, delicious and healthy Alaskan-inspired cuisine with all meals, airport shuttle in Valdez on arrival and departure days, and safety equipment included.
TEAM: We are team of passionate international mechanized ski guides who emphasize safety and providing the highest level of service.
TRAVEL: Getting to Valdez is easier than you may realize with direct flight to Anchorage from numerous U.S. cities and a short connecting flight to Valdez. In most cases you will be heli-skiing the morning after your arrival in Alaska.
PHILOSOPHY: H2O Guides has worked with the USFS since the mid-1990s to assist with identifying and avoiding critical wildlife habitat, documenting regions and glaciers, and providing backcountry education to the public. We are committed to responsibly sharing access to these regions with our guests and protecting access for future generations.