Alaska Ski Safari
For many, Alaska summons visions of a remote wild land; the last frontier of skiing and snowboarding. With the stunningly beautiful Chugach Mountain Range offering over 16½ metres of glorious powder annually it is a dream destination for skiers and snowboarders the world over. The resort of Alyeska offers a compact resort base with a high standard of accommodation and plenty of runs for all levels. For intermediates and above however the fun is just beginning with Chugach Powder Guides offering some of the most renowned heli and cat skiing in North America.
Getting to Alyeska is not as difficult as you might think and, even better, you can break up the journey by enjoying some of the best resorts in Canada and the US on the same trip. There are many different options for tying in Alaska with other ski resorts - it all just depends on flights and how much time and money you have. However we have put together itineraries for some of our favourites below. Combine Alyeska with Whistler, Mt Hood in Oregon or Mammoth in California and you are sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
Whether you fly into Vancouver for Whistler, Los Angeles for Mammoth or Seattle for Oregon's Mt Hood, you'll enjoy your first night in one of North America's most vibrant cities.
Days 2 - 6
All three resorts offer a huge amount of variety to suit all levels, perfect for preparing for Alaska's steeps. Each destination is quite different but most importantly, they all receive an abundance of powder. In Whistler, we recommend spending a day with Extremely Canadian guides, who can show you the quickest way to access the best terrain. In Mammoth, the alpine is mind-blowing - huge terrain with mammoth powder and carving turns awaits. At Mt Hood, you have three resorts to enjoy - rolling terrain at Mt Hood Meadows, long blue runs at Timberline and North America's most extensive and steep night skiing at Mt Hood Ski Bowl.
Flying to Anchorage to start your Alaskan experience couldn't be easier with one stop flights from Vancouver and direct flights from both Seattle and Los Angeles. We recommend arriving in Anchorage at night. It is a short 60 minute transfer to the resort and if you're lucky you may get to see the Northern Lights along the way.
Days 8 - 12
Although not a giant in size compared to Mammoth or Whistler, Alyeska Resort has some of the steepest in-bounds terrain in the world. Much of it is "hike to" and well worth the effort, but the resort also boasts North America's longest lift-accessed continuous double black diamond run, named the North Face. It's simply sensational. We suggest you familiarise yourself with this kind of terrain and enjoy the spectacular views of Turnagain Arm (made famous by Captain Cook) before experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime day with Alaska's premier heli-ski operator, Chugach Powder Guides, where skiing 30,000 foot of powder is the norm.
Days 13 - 14
We recommend spending a night in Seattle before you fly home as this breaks up the journey. One of our favourite US cities, Seattle highlights include Pike Place Market (home of the original Starbucks) and a trip up the Space Needle for incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, Washington State and the impressive Mt Rainier. The city is the home to some of the country's best live music acts.