This season, the skiing and snowboarding in Girdwood, Alaska has been so great there are going to be legends about it. We’ve seen 746 inches since October 1 and the snow quality has been ridiculously good with stability that has enabled us to get into areas that rarely see tracks. Woohoo! Check out this video from this weeks guest host, World Freeski Champion, Jess McMillan!
The incredible conditions here continue. Check out this video from snowcat skiing a couple of days ago.
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!
As all of the snow on the planet seems to be falling in Alaska and Europe right now, it’s great timing to see the latest episode of Salomon Freeski TV featuring the Glacier Express. This is such a cool way to explore the European ski experience.
The Glacier Express is Switzerland’s most famous train route, running from the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt to the playgrounds of European royalty in St. Moritz. Between, it passes through a dozen of Europe’s “little areas that rock.” The train works it’s way through the Alps’ finest terrain, allowing passengers to hop off in prime spots to explore gems like Andermatt, Arosa, and eventually the famous endpoint, St. Moritz.
You can join us and Epic Europe ski guru Jack Shaw on the Glacier Express this season. Combining this kind of access with the right guides and the local knowledge to find the secret stashes is really one of the best ways to tour and ski Europe. Check out Salomon Freeski TV below and enjoy!
With the CPG snowcat area opening on Saturday, December 24, Henry Munter, Rob Durnell, Andy Ballou and the rest of the crew have been busily preparing to make our current gift of deep powder available to the public. From the footage Henry took yesterday, it looks like things are really shaping up nicely. The crew spent some serious hours in the area this fall with chainsaws improving the glades and making the tree runs better than they’ve ever been. You know what they say about all work and no play. Check out “Play Time” for Henry and the crew below. The early season conditions in Alaska are “All Time” right now. Snowcat starts this week and heli skiing begins February 12. There is still space in the early weeks and the first week of heli is discounted. Time to get some POW!
Well, the videos were submitted, the votes counted and the people have spoken. The winner of the CPG / Mammut / GoPro video contest was Ben Szekley. Ben has won a 7 day, 8 night heli ski trip with Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, Alaska. Congratulations, Ben!
A HUGE thanks goes out to all of you who submitted videos for this contest. The time and energy put into these entries is amazing. We were fully blown away by the quality of the videos submitted.
Check out Ben’s winning video “This Is The Year” and the other amazing videos submitted for this contest below.
THIS IS THE YEAR BY BEN SZEKLEY
ALASKA 2011 BY JOHN AND XAVIER
COASTIN AK STYLE BY BRIAN MCCLURE
CPG COMPETITION ENTRY 1 BY JASON WILLIAMS AND MIA LOW
CPG VIDEO CONTEST BY DAVID COHEN
CPG COMPETITION ENTRY 2 BY JASON WILLIAMS AND MIA LOW
ALASKA HELI-SKIING BY MICHAEL MCGEE
CPG 2011 BY ANDY SCHMIDT
September is almost here and we’ll soon be judging the submissions from the GoPro video contest. If you have been putting together video for our GoPro contest, don’t forget that the deadline is September 1. You could win a free heli trip! So get your edit on and submit before it’s too late. Check out this entry from Dave Cohen.
A reminder about the contest:
WIN A FREE 2012 HELI SKI TRIP WITH EPICQUEST AND GO PRO
Make a video, win a trip. It’s that easy.
Through a unique and generous relationship with GoPro, we are excited to offer all package guests the use of GoPro wearable HD video cameras for the entirety of your stay at no cost to you. We’ll make sure you leave with a copy of your video data so you can share with friends and relive the memories of your trip.
When you return home, get creative and make an edited video of your experience.
The best submission of a fully edited video that captures your trip as a whole will win a free 2012 heli ski trip in Girdwood!
The Grand Prize winner will receive:
• Round-trip ground transportation from the airport to Girdwood, AK.
• Six (6) night stay in a deluxe room at The Hotel Alyeska.
• 50,000 – 60,000 vertical feet of heli skiing for one person
• Snowcat backup for “no-fly” days
• Use of Mammut Pulse Barryvox avalanche transceiver.
• Use of Salomon power demo skis.
• A full Go Pro Hero video Camera Setup
• A Mammut Pack, Probe and shovel kit
Runners up will receive:
• (1) Mammut Pulse Barryvox Beacon, Nirvana Ride Pack, Alugator Light Shovel, and Probe Light.
• (2)Full Go Pro Hero video camera setups
Submissions must be received by September 1, 2011. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed on disk to Chris Owens at Chugach Powder Guides, PO Box 641, Girdwood, Alaska 99587
You just have to love these little GoPro cameras and the creativity of the people who use them. Check out this piece from a great day of snowcat skiing in Girdwood!
Mia and Jason joined us from Australia for some great pow in February. Check out the vid from their adventure. Thanks for coming you guys!
As you may have heard, at our operations in Alaska, we have joined forces with Go Pro to put cameras in the hands of our clients and turn them loose on the interweb machine. We’ve backed this up with a great contest. The best fully edited submission from a client will win a free heli ski trip next season! Check out this submission from John and Xavier! Thanks guys, and good luck!