Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, harness, and backpack are required to heli ski. This equipment is included with your trip, or you may use your own safety equipment.


Access The Goods big mountain powder skis, designed and tested by world champion skier Dean Cummings, are available to rent for $45 per day. Skis are available in multiple lengths and widths. Quantities are limited. Access The Goods Skis are available to buy. We do not rent ski boots, snowboards, or snowboard boots.


H2O Guides is the only heli ski operator worldwide that rents and sells SubQ Designs' The Jackson Avalanche Airbag Jacket. The Jackson integrates an ABS Airbag System with a technical jacket. The lightweight, low profile design is perfect for heli skiing. The wearer does not have a backpack to load/unload which saves time at the Landing Zone and Pick Up Zone to streamline operations.

We have a limited number of ABS Backpacks and Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS Backpacks and ABS Canisters with triggers available for rent on a first come, first served basis. Airbag packs are $45 per day, $115 for three days, and $250 for seven days. Canisters with a trigger are $10 per day. Rentals require a signed liability waiver. The handle/trigger mechanism must be disconnected (ABS) or stowed (Snow Pulse/Mammut or BCA) prior to all helicopter flights. This is the user's responsibility and is also the user’s responsibility to re-attach or de-stow the trigger handle prior to beginning a run.

Please note that avalanche airbags might help you during an avalanche but do come with additional risks. Please reference ABS Backpacks for more info at https://www.abs-airbag.com/us/

shipping gear to valdez

You may ship your gear including skis and board to H2O Guides ahead of time to streamline your travel to Valdez. 

Ship to: H2O Guides, 300 Airport Rd, Suite 123, Valdez, AK 99686


iON Air Pro 3 Cameras are available to rent for $25 per day to shoot 1080p video at 60 frames per second and capture the incredible experiences of heli-skiing in Alaska’s Chugach Range. Rental includes camera, mounting components, SD card, and instruction. Visit our reservations desk at the Valdez Harbor Inn to rent. Learn more at http://usa.ioncamera.com/