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  1. i_am_higher

    i_am_higher Hard Yards

    Mar 18, 2011
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    Im looking at ticking off #1 on my bucket list.

    Anyone got any advice for 2-3 weeks in Alaska. Hoping to do 6-7 day window for heli.

    Budget of around $15k.

    “If you dont do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”
  2. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty
    Ski Pass: Gold

    Oct 14, 2005
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    Been a fair few years since I was there but I'd do one week in Girdwood/Alyeska and book a couple of days with CPG. They were a very professional operation, more so than the one in Valdez I was with. The big plus with Girdwood is that you have several options. Alyseka is the biggest ski resort in Alaska and a pretty good one. Then CPG have a base in the hotel at the resort where you can do heli or cat skiing.

    Have heard some good reports about PNH including the one linked above by DSNS, so no doubt they would be very good.
    Plus the fact that I know one of the guides there - Pete Bilous who is a US born, Wanaka NZ resident who guides for HMH in our winter so used to dealing with Australians.

    Valdez of course is the famous name, pretty much where it started in Alaska and there are several operations there. These days they would be much less cowboy like than they were in the earlier years.

    The one issue about places other than Girdwood is that there are limited skiing options other than the heli. Some will have cat-skiing if weather is bad but you are generally committed to a heli week.

    So I would suggest starting with Alyeska, plus the fact that it is only a fairly short drive from Anchorage.
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