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Alaska Powder Descents

3805 Kiowa Dr, Juneau, AK 99821
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Ranked #11 of 24 attractions in Juneau
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Manhattan Beach, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Alaska's weather conditions can be quite finicky so be prepared to wait for a clear day to ski or ride. Overall the experience was great, Kevin was an excellent guide and the helicopters/pilots they contracted from Temsco are professionals. The price was right for the small group of only 4-5 ppl at $150 per run. However, I am used to... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I love to ski and I will say unequivocally that my trip to ski with APD was the crowning moment, the zenith...the pinnacle of my time spent skiing on this earth thus far. In fact, I would count the first 30 minutes- from walking out to the heli, taking off, flying over the peaks and ice fields, landing and then... More

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Juneau, Alaska
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

What a phenomenal experience it was heli skiing with APD! I am a seasoned resort and backountry skier but this was my first time heli skiing and it went above and beyond all expectations. The Juneau area has a large range of terrain for the guides to choose from. My Guide was Chris Ekel and I could not begin to... More

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Juneau, Alaska
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Whether you have Heli-skied all over the world, or its your first time-you need to go to Juneau and fly with these guys. I took my first Heli-ski trip with APD, and I have been back many times since. I have also brought friends and family to Heli-ski with APD. The guides are highly skilled, and experienced, and also personable.... More

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Leadville, Colorado
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Heli-skiing with Alaska Powder Descents out of Juneau was my first heli-skiing experience…and my second. It was so incredible I had to go back! The snow is thick and creamy—absolutely lovely—and our guide, Chris, was a master at finding good snow. Chris always described the run, any safe zones we might need, and the snow conditions. The helicopter pilot, Eric,... More

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carra3, Director of Sales at Alaska Powder Descents, responded to this review

Ellen, thanks so much for your review! It's great to have you back this year! More

Brooklyn, New York
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Very knowledgeable guides and skilled pilots are what define a good heli-ski company. Our guide, Chris, was fantastic and was spot on with detecting spots for potential avalanche danger and at the same time easily led us to the freshest powder. The territory that we explored on the two days out was just unspeakably amazing and Chris and our pilot... More

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Boise, Idaho
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have heli-skied all over Alaska, and Backcountry skied all over the world. The terrain is world class and the guides are awesome. Chris was the consumate professional and definitely got us the goods. It doesn't matter what company you go with there is always time spent waiting for weather in AK. After many days of sitting around in the... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

So I just came back from my first heliskiing experience. When I asked my friend "what was it like your first time" (clearly a tad nervous) she said she was too busy with how beautiful it was. She was just so right. You get off the helicopter (which in itself is just the coolest thing) and just wow, wow, wow,... More

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carra3, Director of Sales at Alaska Powder Descents, responded to this review

Lauren, thanks so much for the great review, it was awesome to have you out with us. Can't wait to ride with you again next season. More

Juneau, Alaska
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

As a resident of Juneau, I cannot tell you how impressive this company is. These guys paid such great attention to an ever changing and unpredictable weather pattern in SE AK that we were able to get some bluebird drops in a small window one afternoon. They efficiently got us 3 epic drops out of a day that was a... More

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carra3, Director of Sales at Alaska Powder Descents, responded to this review

Thanks Owen, we're glad you enjoyed your time with us! Hope to see you again soon! More

1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

I've heli-skied in Juneau, Haines, the Alaska Range and rode the snowcat in Girdwood. I think APD is the best combination of affordability, service, down day activities, and terrain. APD is a much more personalized experience because they aren't running three helis and 50 guests into the field. An average day is 3-4 groups flying. That means you have a... More

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carra3, Director of Sales at Alaska Powder Descents, responded to this review

Sam, thanks so much for your review. Stoked to have you back out there this season! More

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