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VSHelicopters Tours

Valdez Airport, Valdez, AK 99686
+1 907-831-0643
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Ranked #1 of 17 Activities in Valdez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Fantastic Glacier tours! The majestic Columbia Glacier is calving into the ocean...come see it up...
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Owner description: Fantastic Glacier tours! The majestic Columbia Glacier is calving into the ocean...come see it up close!

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Wilmington, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

As a photo enthusiast, I worked with Leigh Coats, VSHelicopters co-owner, to experience a most photographic Valdez areal flight. Her courtesies and help were most gratifying. Pilot and geologist Cullan Lester provided a lifetime memorable extraordinarily stunning experience for both myself and guest/bed & breakfast owner Rose Fong. We flew up Gold Creek and observed old mining debris; lifted to... More 

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Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was raised and have lived in Valdez for more than 20+ years and i have to say that this was the best aerial tour of Alaska i have ever seen or experienced. It was a cooler evening with scattered clouds and light rain with a little wind, maybe gusting to 10mph. We took off from Valdez and headed west... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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35 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Gently lifting off from the ground, my apprehension of flying simply dissolved. Instead of the rush of fear and motion discomfort i have experienced in planes, this was the feeling of hovering over the earth as it gently moved beneath me. It was as if i had taken wing as a bird. Flying over two glaciers as the pilot gave... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing the details of your experience with us! We take a lot of pride in making sure each and every person who comes to fly with us leaves with a big smile on their face! We fly 4 seater (often with only 2 passengers) helicopters so that we can customize the trip for each passenger.... More 

Dundas, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My family and I have logged 9000kms of driving around North America so far this summer. This experience was hands down the highlight of our travels thus far. We did the two hour tour. Our pilots, the owners, the choppers and of course the tour of the glaciers made for a once in a lifetime experience. Don't let the added... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank You Paul! We had a lot of fun with your family and I'm so glad to hear it was a highlight! Great idea on the GoPro and I will make sure to let people know to bring their own GoPro's in the future. Safe travels and it was a pleasure flying with you all! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On a recent trip to Valdez I wanted to see the mountains and glaciers from a different perspective. And boy did I get a bird’s eye view! Even though it was raining out, and I get motion sickness, I totally enjoyed the flight and got some GREAT photos. Very smooth and professional, best pilots in Alaska.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visiting Valdez from NYC and took an amazing helicopter tour with Vertical Solutions. They took me over waterfalls, glaciers, and an abandoned gold mine. Worth every minute!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My first helicopter ride was taken with Vertical Solutions on a clear sunny day in Valdez. Any initial apprehension soon disappeared with the professionalism of Leigh, our pilot, and the confidence I had in her abilities. It was a memorable and exhilarating experience to go so effortlessly to see the Columbia glacier. We landed on a beach nearby where we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Did the Columbia glacier flight and Colin our pilot was able to work in some wildlife. The glacier was fantastic and Colin was very knowledgeable about it and other surroundings. Saw a black bear on our return flight. If you want to see the surrounding area this is the way to do it.

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank You for taking the time to write us a great review! We have not found many black bears this year, so I'm so glad you got to see one! The Columbia Glacier is a magical place and I'm so glad we got to share it with you and your wife...thanks for flying with us! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I have been tryin to go on a flight seeing tour for a long time!! I am so glad it happened when it did!! Fourth of July 2014!! Weather was Gorgeous!! I would definitely recommend taking a tour if you have a chance!!

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Long Beach, California
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have been fortunate enough to be able to go to Columbia Glacier several times in the past 40 years. On July 2nd I took my first helicopter tour with Vertical Solutions Helicopters and I was blown away by the experience. I was amazed by the view from the air and the competence of our pilot. This is a must... More 

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