Meet at yurt 8:00am (skids up at 8:45a) - landing back to Hotel Pad at 1:30pm
Meet at yurt 11:30am (skids up at 12:15pm) - landing back to Hotel Pad at 4:30pm
or Custom Charter upon request
Around 2 miles or less
No experience is necessary. This trip should be considered an "easy to moderate activity". We recommend that you are capable of a few hours of moderate
exercise each day.
- Ages: 6-80
- Seat weight limit is 250lbs per passenger (in R44's)
- Trips are weather dependent
- 2-3 hours spent on the glacier
- If you are a party of 3, we need to add a 4th paying client (or you pay for a 4th seat) to send the second Heli
- Trips meet at Ascending Path yurt in Girdwood, fly from Hotel pad
- Boxed Lunch contains: Turkey or Vegetarian sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit and water
- All guests are required to fill out our online Adventure Application and Waiver when booking
- After reserving your spot- you can easily login to our reservation system and make any changes or Add-Ons
Add on the ice climbing option to learn some vertical skills.
Call us to ask about overnight options. Sleep on a Glacier!
- Gratuities for your super cool pilot and guide
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK THIS SUPER POPULAR TRIP?
Due to high demand and limited space available we recommend reservations be made several months in advance. Bookings made 1 week in advance of departure
date may be cancelled and fully refunded if we cannot accommodate. Only senior guides operate this trip, and their schedules fill-up fast in the summer.
Cotton clothes are not recommended. Wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers (long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece jacket, rain
jacket, rain pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap) hiking boots or trail shoes. Bring a small backpack for layers, water bottle
and binoculars, don't forget your camera! For specific advice on what to wear, read our Be Prepared Document.
ARE THERE WEIGHT LIMITATIONS FOR THE HELICOPTER?
Seat weight limit is 250lbs per passenger for the R44. If you weigh more than 250lbs please inquire for pricing about alternative types of aircraft, for
example, the A-STAR.
DO YOU MAKE EXCEPTIONS?
On a case-by-case basis we consider exceptions, usually we recommend buying out a trip as a private with your own guide. This is only available with advanced
reservations and as space and staffing is available. Please email or call to make your request, we are more than happy to think of solutions- just
to make it happen for you.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER is Terrible?
Guides and pilots are weather experts, but Alaska mountain weather is notoriously fickle. We check real-time radar and satellite imagery morning of and
do our best to select a location that has reliable weather for the day and interesting features. If your trip is put on weather-hold by the pilot or
guide, we will await a window later in the day or reschedule as your time allows. If the trip doesn't go, and you can't reschedule, our standard refund
is given minus credit card fees. We highly recommend travel insurance for this tour.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Yes... just read our Trip Advisor Reviews! Tours include top of the line glacier gear, world-class glacier guide, round trip helicopter transportation
to Spencer Whistle Stop from the Hotel Alyeska, small ratios: (min: 2:1 max: 5:1- client to guide) and interpretive natural history, ecology and glaciology
discussions. A catered deli boxed lunch, snack and water is provided. Guests visiting Spencer Glacier come away with better respect and knowledge about
glaciers, icebergs and history of Alaska, not to mention cool photographs!
If you have questions about the physical requirements of this trip, please read our Essential Eligibility Criteria on our FAQ's page, email or call us and we would be happy to talk with you and determine if this trip matches your abilities.