Valdez Heli-Ski Guides and Tsaina Lodge

For years, serious heli-skiers have know their destination for the premiere heli-skiing experience in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains is Valdez Heli-Ski Guides. With their intimate knowledge of the area, VHSG’s highly trained guides are second to none when it comes to delivering the best heli-skiing experience.

VHSG had a long-standing relationship with the Tsaina Lodge.  The lodge  was modernized in 2012 for the 21st century, while retaining its original charm.  The Tsaina Lodge acquired VHSG in the fall of 2018 and is pleased to continue to offer the members an exclusive experience from the perfect home-base for skiers.


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Like nowhere else Heli-skiing with Valdez Heli-Ski Guides is unlike skiing anywhere else in the world. Our ski runs average 3,500 vertical feet; the longest runs, like our backyard test-piece Mount Dimond, top out at 6,200. Our low client-to-guide ratio (4:1) provides you with individualized attention, allowing us to guide you down the exciting peaks showcasing the long couloirs and broad faces only found in the Chugach. 3,500 VERTICAL FOOT AVERAGE RUNS.

Skiing and boarding terrain Valdez has some of the world’s best and most unique ski and snowboard terrain. From steeps to natural pipes, VHSG has it all. Just want to open it up and layout some huge turns? We have that too. Alaska is like no where else, come join us and see for yourself.

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Skier Oriented Setting. A feeling of being at home at the Tsaina Lodge is important.  Many guests come for over two weeks, so the lodge is designed to feel like a home setting. The Tsaina offers a cigar room with a fireplace, a gym, a ski locker room, a large guest hot tub,  a massage room, an outdoor  fire pit, and a dining room lounge fireplace setting.   There is WiFi throughout the property, allowing you to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, but still keep in touch through your long stay. Revel in the comfort of our luxury accommodations and be rejuvenated for your next day’s adventures.

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With more than 10,000 square miles of glaciated mountains in its backyard, VHSG offers everything from scenic glacier runs and powder bowls to steep couloirs, exposed ramps, and big mountain faces. The cold maritime snow that falls in our region is world renowned, enabling us to ski some of the steepest terrain in the world with a confidence and sense of security not possible anywhere else. Runs average between 3,000 and 5,000 vertical feet with our longest run sitting at 6,200; another skis two and a half miles top to bottom.

PERFECT CLIMATE. Thompson Pass averages more than 500 inches of snow a year. Pacific storms building over the Gulf of Alaska mix with cold Arctic air, reliably delivering some of the deepest powder in North America. Though the days are shorter and colder, February and March see the deepest powder. Temperatures can drop below zero during these months but the average is typically 10-20F. Then, in the long days of April and May, powder is accompanied by corn snow and temperatures average 15-30F.
Over 500 inches a year

THE PROVING GROUND. Alaska’s Chugach Mountains have been the epicenter of big mountain skiing since 1989. This terrain, pioneered by VHSG for the last 30+ years, remains the proving ground for the world’s elite skiers and riders. Ski and ride alongside the guides of Tsaina Lodge and VHSG and you too can access the best terrain in the world.

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