Heli Ski Guides, Gear & Safety

The ultimate powder experience begins with the guides. Ours are the most accomplished heli ski guides in Alaska. Each guide has at least 15 years of experience with hundreds of runs cataloged in the Tordrillo Mountains. They have a keen awareness of the constantly changing environment and how to mitigate potential hazards.

As your hosts for the week, you will quickly come to understand the Tordrillo Heli Ski difference when it comes to exceptional guiding. Every week, heli ski guides scout new mountain terrain, often taking guests to claim first descents.

Our team blends the art and science of snow safety, our extensive experience with Alaska topography and winter conditions, and applies that knowledge to the terrain we ski. We also match each run with a skier’s ability, confidence, and desire to take on new challenges. Each heli ski guide must have current medical, technical, and snow science training, and all certifications and required guidelines of the Guide Associations.

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Heli Ski Equipment & Gear


Bring your favorite powder skis or snowboard, or just your boots, and we’ll take of it from there. We can outfit you with the essential heli board and heli ski equipment, including the latest fat boards for deep powder and all-mountain conditions. Our heli ski guides explain the features of the different gear and make recommendations based on what you are comfortable riding, then adjust the settings and wax them for your use.

Avalanche rescue gear provided includes a BCA probe and shovel, an ABS flotation pack and Pulse Barrivox transceivers. In addition to the heli ski equipment, each trip starts with guides explaining the technology and potential scenarios in the event of a search and rescue resulting from an avalanche. Our heli ski guides are trained in group leadership and terrain management. Before each outing, they will discuss dangers to be aware of so that exposure to the risks of traveling in avalanche terrain is reduced.


AVALANCHE AIRBAG

In addition to increasing your overall buoyancy, the Float avalanche airbags are designed to make a backcountry user “bigger” than the surrounding pieces of debris in an avalanche. The Floats use compressed air in the cylinder to fill the bag and make the user’s volume larger, reducing or eliminating burial depth and increasing your chances of survival.

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Avalanche Transceiver

The Tracker3 has Tracker2’s renowned ease of use and instantaneous real-time display-and it’s 20 percent smaller and lighter. Designed to be “pocket friendly,” T3 is the thinnest multiple-antenna avalanche transceiver available. Signal suppression and Big Picture modes for no-nonsense multiple-victim searching.

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Wagner Skis

Optimized for flex distribution, side-cut shape and width, weight, float, “pop” and glide speed.

Wagner Custom uses only the best materials available. We use tough furniture-grade wood in five weight classes along with four aerospace grade structural layers with high tensile strength. These two layers are complemented by our extra-thick, carbon steel edges and high-speed P-tex base materials.

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