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Chugach Powder Guides

P.O. Box 641
Girdwood, AK  99587
(907) 783-4354
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About Chugach Powder Guides

Chugach Powder Guides holds the only special use permit to conduct helicopter skiing operations in a large expanse of the Western Chugach Mountains. This area extends from Girdwood east toward Prince William Sound and south onto the Kenai Peninsula. With no pressure from other operators, it is nearly impossible to exhaust all the powder between snowfalls.

We ski from sea level to approximately 6,500 feet (1,981 m) of elevation. Timberline is at approximately 2,200 feet (670 m), offering up to 2,000 feet (609 m) of tree skiing when conditions permit.

The Western Chugach Mountain Range benefits from the combined influences of warm Pacific Ocean air mixing with cold Arctic air from the Alaskan Interior. This produces the high-quality dry powder skiing this coastal mountain range has become famous for. Chugach Powder Guides' helicopter and snowcat skiing areas average approximately 800+ inches of snowfall each winter.

Chugach Powder Guides was founded in 1997. CPG's headquarters are located near the base of Alyeska Resort in the small town of Girdwood, Alaska. Nestled in the Western Chugach Mountain Range the surrounding area offers access to the some of the best heli skiing in the world. Short helicopter flights place skiers on top of big Alaskan faces with views of Turnagain Arm in one direction and Prince William Sound in the other. On days the helicopter can’t fly, Resort lift accessible skiing and Snowcat skiing keep visitors on powder. These options provide excellent terrain for all ability levels. Après ski in one of the hotel restaurants or the top of the tram. If you are looking for the ultimate family or group heli-ski adventure, this is the place to go.

Chugach Powder Guides Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain Season
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 17
Capacity Per Trip: 32
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 4
Packages start at: $375.00
Longest Run: 3000 ft.
Summit: 6,700 Ft / 2,042 M
Base: 200 Ft / 61 M
Vertical: 5,500 Ft / 1,676 M
Acres: 750,000 Ac / 303,525 Hc
Annual Snow: 900" / 2,286cm
Starts Around: 1/15/2013
Ends Around: 4/20/2013

Guide Certifications & Experience

Chugach Powder Guides is proud of our highly-trained, professional guides. Collectively, our guides have years of experience in avalanche forecasting, first-aid and mountain rescue. The core guide staff spends the entire winter season in Girdwood and watches the snow pack develop from the first major snowfall to the final days of spring skiing. Our lead guides have participated in or pioneered the development of formal avalanche safety programs for ski areas, highways and private industry as well as teaching avalanche safety. Members of our guide staff have directed or worked for Snow Safety Departments at locations such as Alta, Crested Butte, Alpine Meadows, Alyeska and more.

Guide Standards
As members of the Heli Ski U.S. Association, Chugach Powder Guides adheres to a tight standard for the qualifications level of their guides. These standards closely resemble those that the Canadian operators use as well.

Equipment Used

Bomardier Snowcats and Eurocopter "A-Star" Helicopters. 4 to 5 guests and a guide per helicopter load. 12 guests and 2 guides in each Snowcat.

Ski Areas Nearby

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood Alaska.

Booking Policy

Chugach Powder Guides requires 50% of trip cost as deposit at time of reservation with the remaining balance due 90 days prior to the skiing date. If reservation is made within 90 days prior to ski date, payment is due in full.

Packages & Pricing

Heli Day $1175.00 USD
Snowcat Day $375 USD
5 Day Heli Package price range $5400 to $6800 (includes 5 night accommodations, 50,000 to 60,000 ft guarantee)
7 Day Heli Package price range $7500 to $9300 (includes 7 night accommodations & 80,000 to 100,000 ft guarantee)
Snowcat Backup Option (add on) is $250 for the 5 Day Package and $350 for the 7 Day Package.

What's New

Chugach Powder Guides’ newest discovery is the terrain 20 miles east of Seward, Alaska, a fishing town on the North Gulf Coast. Accommodations are at the Windsong Lodge. The possibilities are endless including oceanfront heli landing zones with surfing and skiing in the same day. The combination of sea, sky and peaks in the Chugach Range make this location one of the most beautiful and unforgettable in the world.


Excellent dining at the Alyeska prince hotel and in local Girdwood eateries.

Local Lodging

Chugach Powder Guides is proud to be affiliated with Alyeska Resort and The Hotel Alyeska. Located adjacent to the ski slopes, The Hotel Alyeska serves as home base for our guests. Each guest stays in a deluxe room with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Amenities include room service, in-room coffee makers, safes, refrigerators, robes and slippers. The Hotel Alyeska offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Nearby Recreation

Nordic and Alpine skiing, snow shoeing, ice climbing, shopping, sledding, dog sledding, snowmachining, paragliding, and fine dining.

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