Skiing & Riding with the Rendezvous Team
Skiing with Alaska Rendezvous Lodge and Heli-Ski Guides gives you immediate access to the "Blue Hole" of Thompson Pass. We are located further to the north than other Valdez heli-ski operations. Storms clear from the north, which results in more skiable days than anywhere else in the region.
Annual snowfall in the Chugach Range is between 30 to 80 feet per year, and our maritime snowpack sticks to even the steepest faces. Cold air pours in from the Copper River Delta making our snow cold and velvety. Breathtaking knife blade ridges make for landing zones on peaks with elevations up to 6,800 feet — and descents up to 5,000 vertical! Not only are there steep couloirs and chutes, our terrain also lends itself to long ridgelines and big open bowls.
You'll ski between 20,000 and 30,000 vertical feet during an average day.
- Avalanche transceiver
- Harness and locking carabiner
- Black Diamond Avalung (available for purchase if you do not own one)
We rent K2 Pontoons and K2 Coombas for $50 per day. If you wish to rent skis, please contact us early so we may set them aside for you.
If you currently own your own equipment and it is in good operational order please bring it, especially if you are comfortable using it in the field.
You should bring:
- Water container
- Goggles (both sunny and flat light lenses)
- Neck gaiter
- Lip balm
- 2-way radio
- Spare batteries
- Energy food
- Ice climbing gear for weather days
- Touring gear for weather days
Activities for Weather Days
Ice climbing and backcountry touring are weather-day activities. We have equipment available, but you may be more comfortable and confident with your own ice climbing and touring gear.