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Tailgate Alaska: Why you Should Hightail it to AK This Week

25th March 2014 | Heather B. Fried

News Regions: Alaska

Eric Layton is one lucky dude.

Eric Layton is one lucky dude.

Copyright: Scott McReynolds

The seventh annual Tailgate Alaska plunges into AK powder this Friday, March 28, for 10 days of big-mountain skiing and base festivities at Alaska's Chugach Mountain Range, where a "prolonged storm cycle completely reset our snow pack and created absolutely stellar heli skiing and snowboarding conditions," according to Josh Cooley of H20 Guides.

"Ski season is in full effect in Valdez," he adds, but you don't have to take Cooley's word for it. He sent photos, too.

Photo Gallery: Alaskan Springtime = Powder at its Prime

A prolonged storm cycle completely reset the snow pack in Alaska this season.  - © H2O Guides

A prolonged storm cycle completely reset the snow pack in Alaska this season.

Copyright: H2O Guides

If you've been dreaming of pristine backcountry lines your whole life, then this is the event is well worth the impulse buy. And it's not just a good year to pull the trigger weather wise. "Tailgate Alaska is March 28-April 6, and we're offering specials to help people go heli skiing and experience the pinnacle of Alaska big-mountain skiing and snowboarding," reports Cooley.  

H2O Guides Tailgate AK Pricing:

 Advance daily rate: $1,068 - six runs, includes insurance (save $265)

 Walk up daily rate: $950 - six runs (save $383)

 Walk up half-day rate: $525 - three runs (save $141.50)

 Alaska local discount: $850 - six runs (must book by end of March) then back to $1,150 - six runs

◊ Guide price: $789 - six runs

◊ Backcountry program: $3,039 - 2 heli drops per day, six total

◊ North America Mechanized Ski Guide Course: $4,443 

◊ Industry incentive program: industry professionals save up to 100 percent on the heli ski portion of their trip depending on how many new guests they bring

◊ Pre-book for 2015: Pay 25 percent now on a five or seven-day heli ski trip, then pay as you go with full payment by December 1, 2014


Eric Layton is one lucky dude. - © Scott McReynolds
Dean opening Snow Cone, March 25, 2014. - © Doug Krause
H2O Guides Upper 49ers. - © Nicholas Nyquist
A prolonged storm cycle completely reset the snow pack in Alaska this season - © H2O Guides

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