Our company invites you to join us for the ultimate heliski adventure. Our terrain is vast and the skiing is phenomenal. We are the oldest and largest heli ski operation in Alaska. The founder, Doug Coombs started guiding clients in 1993, and since then, VHSG has evolved from two guides and one helicopter to the current operation of over 13 guides and 3 A-star helicopters. Over the past ten years, VHSG has provided more than 9500 clients with world-class, guided ski adventures.
Safety is our top priority. Our experienced team of guides has worked for many years to develop a safety program that is designed to minimize the risks to our clients. VHSG believes in educating our guests about the hazards they might encounter so they can be active team members. All of our guests are required to participate in a safety seminar aimed at bringing you up to speed on the most current campanion rescue skills. The classes include the proper use of a digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche probing technique, safe skiing skills, and helicopter safety. Our terrain is more complex than other operations, so you will also find your guide educating you through out the ski week about crevasses, snow stability and general mountain safety. Of course, there are inherent risks involved in helicopter safety.
Ski guides are critical to the success of any heliski operation and, quite simply, you will not find more experienced heli-ski guides anywhere in Alaska or the greater U.S. than at VHSG. Our guides are not only specifically trained for heli-skiing--they are world-class ski mountaineers, avalanche forecasters, ski patrollers, and AMGA trained mountain guides with exceptional mountain rescue skills. Most of our guides work year round in the mountains including on Denali and in the Tetons. VHSG also requires guides to attend in-house training annually in order to keep our staff at their peak performance level. Detailed bios can be found on the Guides page.
We only employs the best pilots in their field. They have many hours of technical flying in mountainous terrain. Some, like Angus Gibson, come back every year and set the bar for helicopter pilots in North America. VHSG uses Eurocopter A-star B2 helicopter for all of our operations. This powerful helicopter has an excellent safety record and is one of the best aircraft available for mountain flying. The helicopter which landed on Everest this Spring was a Eurocopter B3, very similar to the B2 we use at VHSG. Our pilots are very experienced and specifically trained for heliskiing.
Things are looking great for the upcoming season. Most of our guides will be returning as well as a majority of the lodge staff. We’ll have a new chef in the lodge, Michael Marceau. Michael comes to us with a wealth of experience and when I heard the sample menu that I asked him to submit, I knew we had our chef! We’ve still got some space available for the upcoming season. Please come visit us if you can, it should be a great year.