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Valdez Heli-Ski Guides was founded in 1993 by World Extreme Ski Champions (WESC) Doug and Emily Coombs. For years, the Coombs’ skied first descents on the immense peaks of the Chugach with the help of legendary Alaska West Air Taxi pilots Chet Simmons, Doug Brewer and Tom Tibideau. Recognizing the need for a professional guide service to mitigate the dangers of these daunting peaks, Doug and Emily founded the first heli-ski guide service in Alaska: Valdez Heli-Ski Guides.
While exploring the eastern Chugach Mountains, Doug Coombs and VHSG were the first to develop innovative techniques for guiding some of the steepest runs in the world. Skiing more first descents than anyone in the area, Doug, Emily, and VHSG named most of the runs still in use today.
With the advent of fat skis and snowboards, demand for steep and deep terrain is at an all time high. VHSG started it all and continues to be a pioneer in the field. In 2000, Doug Coombs sold VHSG to Scott Raynor, its current owner. VHSG now operates two helicopters and services up to 24 guests a week, keeping the operation small and personable. VHSG remains one of the most respected heli-ski operators in the United States.
VHSG package prices include the following: Valdez Heli-Ski Guides’ world-class skiing; double or single accommodations at the Tsaina Lodge; fantastic breakfast buffets; hearty lunches to-go; and exceptional, locally sourced dinner menus filled with fresh Alaskan seafood and mouthwatering meats.
Housing 32 guests in 16 single and 8 double rooms with private baths, these brand-new Tsaina Lodge accommodations are just steps away from the VHSG heli-pad. Enjoy the Tsaina’s view of Worthington Glacier while dining on world-class gourmet steaks and fresh local seafood. Relive memories or create new ones in the historic Tsaina Bar. Relax in the reading room. Store your skis, boards and boots in the guest gear storage room. 24,000 vert per day not enough for you? Visit the gym to sweat out what you’ve got left.