The crew from Matchstick Productions has been having a great time hanging out in Girdwood and reaping the reward of a truly epic season in the Western Chugach. Here’s a bit of the take from Ingrid Backstrom, Cody Townsend, Mark Abma and Richard Permin. Good times folks! Good times!
Sent in by Tyler Ferris of Sun Valley Heli Ski:
Right now, Sun Valley Helicopter Ski Guides can boast the best heli-skiing this side of Canada.
While other operations in the lower 48 are waiting for another storm or two to start up, SVHS was blessed with a couple of big ones at the end of 2011. The snowfall in our remote terrain doubled from 2 to 4.5 feet. On our first day of operation on January 6, stability was rated “fair” and skiing was rated “good” to “very good”. Groups skied several extra runs.
It may look thin on Sun Valley’s Balm Mountain web cams, but as often happens the jet stream came straight from the west and dropped two times the snow in the Smoky Mountains, the hidden gem of SVHS.
Ok, how can SVHS offer great skiing with only 4.5 feet? The secret is the terrain. Runs are typically long and consistent with few cliffs or dramatic breaks. There are open slopes and great glades of trees. Every aspect has a skiable line.
In the heart of this skiers paradise is the Idaho Smoky Mountain Lodge. Right now you can have a private “Canadian Style” heli ski experience right here in the US. Check out the footage from our opening weekend below!
After a resounding success last year, we’re happy to announce the return of the Scott Markewitz photo experience with Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, Alaska. This year the program will run from March 24 – April 1, 2012. If you’ve picked up any piece of modern ski media in the last 20 years, you are familiar with Scott’s work. Learn to shoot Alaska like a pro from the best in the business.
Check out some of the shots from last years camp below. Get the full details on the program HERE.
With tons of sunshine and incredible stability, we’ve had lots of opportunity lately to hit some of the more coveted lines in the Girdwood area. Check out this great video from client Collin Tilbe of our escapades on North Star and Banana Hammock couloirs.