Finally, we couldn’t write up an ultimate shred trip list without including the birthplace of heli boarding, Valdez in Alaska. It’s a mecca when it comes to insane backcountry riding. After all, legendary shred flicks such as Endless Winter and Teton Gravity’s Harvest were filmed in Valdez. It is possible to shred the spines of Alaska without blowing crazy amounts of money. However if you do happen to be sitting on a bazillion pounds, this is the place to spend it.
Alaska Backcountry Adventures offer flexible rates from US $500 for three runs up to US $4,800 for hour’s rental of a private helicopter. One of the best places to stay locally is the plush Mountain Sky Hotel. Some rooms even have a hot tub in the bedroom (only in America). The weather can be a bit of a gamble – some days you won’t even be able to leave your hotel, let alone get in a heli – but it really is worth the risk.
From US $500 for heli boarding and US $109 per night at Mountain Sky Hotel