The birth place of big mountain skiing. Heliskiing in Valdez is unlike skiing anywhere else in the world. Small group skiing in the massive terrain of the Chugach Mountains while enjoying the unparalleled accommodations of the new Tsaina Lodge in Thompson Pass with easy access to over 2,500 square miles of glaciated mountains.
With some of the best terrain in the Chugach just a two-minute flight from the lodge, Tsaina Lodge truly is the epicenter of heliskiing.
Big. With more than 2,500 square miles of glaciated terrain, your guides have everything from scenic glacier runs and powder bowls to steep couloirs, exposed ramps, and big mountain faces. The cold maritime snow that has made Valdez world renowned, enables skiing incredibly steep terrain with confidence not possible in many other locations. Runs average between 3,000 and 5,000 vertical feet with the longest run being 6,200 vertical feet!!
Thompson Pass averages more than 1,000 of inches of snow a year. Pacific storms form in the Gulf of Alaska, then collide with cold Arctic Air from the Interior, reliably delivering some of the deepest powder in North America.
The new Tsaina Lodge in Thompson Pass houses 32 guests in 16 single and 8 double rooms with private baths. Enjoy views of Worthington Glacier while dining on the fine cuisine provided by the Tsaina chefs. Relax in the historic Tsaina Bar or reading room.
4 Clients to 1 guide share a Eurocopter A-Star B2 helicopter. A-Stars are powerful helicopters with an excellent safety record and are proven to be the best aircraft available for mountain flying.
Catskiing is available for down days and Thompson Pass can deliver epic conditions on no-fly days directly from Tsaina Lodge. The snowcat ensures guests get to ski every day of their stay.
|Mountain Range||Chugach Mountains|
|Average Snowfall||1000 inches|
|Terrain||Scenic Glacier Runs, Powder Bowls, Steep Couloirs, Exposed Ramps, and Big Mountain Faces|