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04-15-2014 06:48 PM
neni Yep, PNH. I chose them cos they have many years experience, have their own pilots, helis directly infront of the porch (not rented ones, thus if the sky clears up, everything's ready to go) and since they were recommended to me by someone who's been there; and I can absolutely recommend them as well. Very good guides (look at the CVs on the homepage, all very experienced, selected), pilots, food and the whole groove. More of an adventure camp than luxury lodge kind of thing.

They are the only ones to fly in the Cordova area, while many operaters share the area in Valdez (I was told).

Cordova is inly accessible by air or boat, no car. We got there with Alaska air from Anchorage (IIRC daily), but there's also a connection to Seattle. Others came with the ferry from Anchorage or Valdez.
04-15-2014 06:28 PM
timhatimay
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Haha, every day in the last 3 weeks
Neni, who did you fly with in Cordova? PNH? How difficult was it to get to Cordova? Did you fly to Valdez, then take a car or ferry or something?

Within a small area you have Cordova, Haines, Valdez, and Anchorage, which all seem to have great heli companies in the Chugach. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them, but they all seem to have subtle differences.

Thanks!

Tim
04-14-2014 12:05 PM
neni
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Have you considered moving?
Haha, every day in the last 3 weeks
04-14-2014 10:23 AM
timhatimay
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Awww, I'd like to see it! I can't watch it, it's "blocked due to music copyright blabla in your country". Any chance to post it without music?




well, there were some natural features, especially in the lower terrain as soon as you get into trees, however we stayed mostly in the high alpine region, since this particular year, due to the little snowfall, the long bluebird streatch, the warm temperature, the tree region wasn't fun to ride (ice, ice, slush, ice). We've been in Cordova in a insane bluebird stretch, 20 days in a row no cloud in the sky, we could fla 5 days in a row. Backup for non-fly days would have been the split-board, which I never used in Cordova. Avy danger was low even in upper alpine region, however, wind and sun had vanished big part of pow. In the higher region, there were spines and bergschrunds to jump. However, the fun thing to ride were the steep aspects. You can hit natural features everywhere. But long 45+ runs that run out on huge glaciers, that's what I you should be wanting if you go there




On a sidenote: We've used Drift Ghost-S, recorded the entire day (i.e. each run, several pickups/flights) without having to change the battery (mine was empty only one time in the evening before the last run - that day I had recorded 15minutes in a row of the flight to the mts).



+1 on every sentence . We planned that trip as a "once in a lifetime" thing. After three days there, we just thought "I'll be back!"; a general consent from all the ppl on that trip.
Hmmm, it's tough, because I would have to reprocess the video and add a muted one. It would take me a few days to probably get it done. Have you considered moving?

As far as terrain, I would agree. In going I really wanted to hit the steeps, and I wasn't disappointed. Like you mention, sustained 40-50* is the real fun part. The couloirs were fun too, with steep pitches and rocks to your sides. Also, at the bottom of some you can find some wide open slopes with different fall lines and things in 30*+ range that are really fun to rip and lay down big carves and rooster tails!

I think my GoPro dies quickly because I record in a high quality format, but I don't know for sure. I will have to check out the camera you mentioned.

Tim
04-14-2014 09:30 AM
neni
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Hey that's my video!
Awww, I'd like to see it! I can't watch it, it's "blocked due to music copyright blabla in your country". Any chance to post it without music?


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Yeah that pics that Neni posted of heli boarding in AK looked like there were a few more natural features to hit.
well, there were some natural features, especially in the lower terrain as soon as you get into trees, however we stayed mostly in the high alpine region, since this particular year, due to the little snowfall, the long bluebird streatch, the warm temperature, the tree region wasn't fun to ride (ice, ice, slush, ice). We've been in Cordova in a insane bluebird stretch, 20 days in a row no cloud in the sky, we could fla 5 days in a row. Backup for non-fly days would have been the split-board, which I never used in Cordova. Avy danger was low even in upper alpine region, however, wind and sun had vanished big part of pow. In the higher region, there were spines and bergschrunds to jump. However, the fun thing to ride were the steep aspects. You can hit natural features everywhere. But long 45+ runs that run out on huge glaciers, that's what I you should be wanting if you go there


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I also missed a few of the couloirs and steeps we rode due to my GoPro battery dying (which happened every day despite having 2 batteries).
On a sidenote: We've used Drift Ghost-S, recorded the entire day (i.e. each run, several pickups/flights) without having to change the battery (mine was empty only one time in the evening before the last run - that day I had recorded 15minutes in a row of the flight to the mts).

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For anyone on the fence, I definitely recommend going to AK. The mountains were very unique, and had a totally amazing feel (even compared to the Alps). Just plan that if you go, you will want to go back! This was my first trip, and I'm already trying to find a way to convince my wife and bank account to go back next year! I promise if you go, you won't find it boring!
+1 on every sentence . We planned that trip as a "once in a lifetime" thing. After three days there, we just thought "I'll be back!"; a general consent from all the ppl on that trip.
04-14-2014 08:48 AM
poutanen
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Pout you should get ETM to devise you a virus to bring dire straits to all your environments. Crush corporations with a mild touch. And revert your whole system to papyrus.
I have no idea what you just said there. But that's beautiful man!
04-14-2014 06:55 AM
timhatimay
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Cool! Glad you signed up to join the discussion!

A bunch of us are going to try to hit something around Revelstoke next February. I love glade boarding so hitting some steep lines with intermixed trees would be great. Thinking one Sunday in early Feb (after riding Kicking Horse the week before).

So where do you normally ride? And how does the Virus do in that terrain?
Revelstoke looks sick! I would love to get up there some time. I live in the east (NYC), but I usually take a few trips each year. So I ride a little in Vermont and Poconos (PA) here, and then do some riding at better mountains when I get the chance (Chamonix last year, Utah, Colorado, BC, etc). Somehow this year even in PA, there was always snow, so unfortunately (or fortunately) I haven't got to test the board on hard pack or ice yet. It does lay down some nice carves, but I won't know for sure until I can test it on some hard snow. In trees in Utah and deep snow (we got 4' while I was there) it was great. Very maneuverable in tight spaces and easy to ride in chop and crud.

Snowklinger, I know I could have used virus, as it would have gone with the board, but 3030 just seemed so smooth and a better fit.

linvillegorge, actually I am a dweeb and I ride hard boots as well. If you can't tell in the video I ride high angles even in softies. They are 45* and 40*.

Tim
04-13-2014 11:40 PM
linvillegorge I think you dweebs need to just start rocking hard boots and fucked up angles already and start monoskiing.
04-13-2014 11:12 PM
snowklinger Pout you should get ETM to devise you a virus to bring dire straits to all your environments. Crush corporations with a mild touch. And revert your whole system to papyrus.
04-13-2014 09:55 PM
poutanen
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Hey that's my video! Haha, just stumbled upon this thread, and figured I would say Hi. It was definitely a dream vacation, and the Virus avalanche was a great board. It floats pretty well, and is a lot of fun in everything I've tried so far. Actually, thanks to Poutanen for your reviews of the board, because it was one of the reasons I ordered it this year. I certainly haven't been disappointed!
Cool! Glad you signed up to join the discussion!

A bunch of us are going to try to hit something around Revelstoke next February. I love glade boarding so hitting some steep lines with intermixed trees would be great. Thinking one Sunday in early Feb (after riding Kicking Horse the week before).

So where do you normally ride? And how does the Virus do in that terrain?
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