From 1990 – present Chris Anthony competed as well as been guiding in the Alaskan Chugach Mountain range. During that time Chris skied in 10 World Extreme Skiing Championships from 1990-2000 and recorded several individual day wins. In 1995 he scored highest run point up to that point and set up a new standard. The following year he won 1996 “Alaskan Extreme Skiing Championship”
As the Chugach started to open up to the public Chris Anthony was immediately involved with some of the early heli skiing outfits. He guided out of “Chugach Powder Guides” for 7 years before being invited over to Cordova Alaska by Points North owner and operator Kevin Quinn. Chris has been guiding there since.
For over two decades, the Chugach Range has proven to be the premier destination worldwide for helicopter skiing. Accessed by ferry or plane, Cordova is unlike any other community in the state. Alaska Airlines flies into Cordova twice daily from Seattle and Anchorage. Upon arrival, Chris or a PNH Team member will greet you and help with your luggage. A twenty minute shuttle ride with a quick stop at the beverage store on the way to base camp offers many opportunities to see bald eagles, moose and the small town of Cordova.
Base Camp in Cordova is 40 miles from Valdez and allows us to provide you with a ‘private’ playground in our backyard. While 5 other operations in Valdez share terrain, Cordova is able to explore areas that the others cannot conveniently access. We continue to find new terrain each year catering from the intermediate level recreation skier to the world-class athlete. If you have heard of heli skiing in Alaska, and are already this deep in your research of operators, it is more than likely we have terrain to suit your desires.
With over 2000 square ski-able miles available out the front door, there is more terrain than one could ski or ride in a lifetime!
Our lodging is all-inclusive. Our facility is not a hotel or motel. It is a beautiful state of the art facility located directly on the waters edge. All of our aircraft are a few steps away from your room eliminating the drive to the heli port each day. Everything is located here on the property. All of our meals are guaranteed to make your mouth water and our local chef specializes in fine cuisine. Within the lodge we also offer wireless Internet access, just in case you are thinking of work while on vacation.
There are no roads or highways that run through the middle of our land. All of our clients fly from our lodge and back to our lodge via helicopter each day. We have multiple fuel caches in the field. You are never on a peak and told to ski to the road for a shuttle bus pick up. An average day of skiing or snowboarding consists of 20-40,000 feet of vertical per day. The price one pays for his/her day is based on our heli-hour rate, averages around $950 (for 6-9 runs) $1200 (for 9-12 runs). Most operations sell a vertical package or a 6 run day, which is great however, at PNH it is very common to obtain 6 runs by lunchtime. An average ski day is generally 8-12 runs and allowing you to keep an eye on your heli-time. 4 heli-hours generally is equivalent to 3 days of flying at around 8-9 runs per day. Please note, if you are coming later in the season when daylight hours are long, it’s not uncommon to come home with 12-14 runs. Heli times are generally longer in this case. You are not paying for vertical. You are paying for high quality ski runs! Make certain to view our “zone reports” on our web site for a first hand look at our terrain and on-goings.