Chugach. Powder. Guides. The name says it all. Chugach—the legendary Alaskan mountain range that has been featured in many a ski film. Powder—what every skier and rider that’s addicted to their craft seeks. Guides—well, this year CPG has more than just mountain guides… they have skiing and snowboarding legends ready to lead you into the Alaska backcountry via helicopter from their Girdwood lodge.
CPG has heli outposts in Girdwood, Tordrillo and Seward, Alaska. If you ski or ride with CPG in Girdwood this season, you’ll be in the company of legendary snowsports athletes like Chris Davenport, Lynsey Dyer and Bryan Iguchi.
Winter in Alaska can be finicky. That varied weather can really put a damper on a heli trip if they can’t get the birds off the ground. Luckily, CPG in Girdwood also offers cat outings and has Alyeska Resort in it’s backyard. So if the wind is howling or there’s too much snow to fly, you’re going to get your powder turns in one way or another.
If You Go:
Travel: The Girdwood outpost is located 40 miles from Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport. A CPG driver will meet you at the airport and transport you to Girdwood via a scenic one-hour drive.
Basic Package: The Girdwood five-day heli package includes five days of heli skiing, six nights of lodging at The Hotel Alyeska, round-trip transfer from Anchorage, option to purchase guaranteed seats on snowcat for no-fly days and use of transceiver.
Years in Biz: 14
Size of Tenure: 750,000 acres in Girdwood
Snowfall: 600 to 800 inches on average annually
Size of Group: Four skiers and one guide per helicopter
Guarantee: 50,000-60,000 vertical feet for the Girdwood five-day heli package
How they Charge: Girdwood five-day heli packages start at $5,050 and go up from there.