In an unprecedented end-of-season move, Alaska Heliskiing in Haines, Alaska, has partnered up with Expedition Broker & Lockheed Martin to begin the first Blimp-accessed ski and snowboard operation. “We’re always trying to stay a step ahead of the competition and Expedition Broker has been leading the hot-air market for years now,” reported Ryan Johnson, co-owner of Alaska Heliskiing, “so we see it as a no-brainer.”

“Helicopters have always been so darn contentious in Haines,” stated Greg Schlachter, owner of Expedition Broker. “Who doesn’t like a zeppelin? I mean even their names are fun, whether you call them blimps or dirigeables.”

These Guys are stoked!!

These Guys are Stoked!!

Brad Ryan, interim Haines Borough Manager mentioned “I think this will be a win-win for both residents and the industry and possibly lead to expanded summer tourism.”

After reaching out to a few industry leaders to get input, Canadian Mountain Holiday corrected Alaska Heliskiing that they are not the first to offer airship-access skiing. “Our founder did a couple first descents in the Bugaboos aboard the Hindenburg prior to its accident in Jersey,” claimed a CMH representative.


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Written on April 1, 2016 by Greg Schlachter Greg lives and works in the beautiful coastal community of Haines, Alaska. When he's not handcrafting the perfect travel itinerary for clients of Expedition Broker he can be found on the rivers, fjords and mountains surrounding Haines researching the next great trip.


  • Denis says:

    Hey Greg, today’s joke could be tomorrow’s next great opportunity. Could a blimp be controlled well enough to keep at a good trolling speed….you think those salmon are good jumpers now, wait til you hook one from a zeppelin !

    • Greg Schlachter says:

      Denis- Agreed! A king salmon would be a heck of a fight from a blimp! We’ll keep you posted if we make it happen! GS

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