Alpha Aviation Soars to Denali

Anchorage-based Alpha Aviation, LLC has long been a name to trust when it comes to helicopter flying around the 49th state. As you begin planning for 2019, read about the company’s newest offerings that appease a traveling family wanting a completely different Alaska outdoor experience. 

AK Kid checks out the scenery on top of the nunatak, home of Sheldon Mountain House. Erin Kirlkand/AKontheGO

In Alaska, helicopters are often perceived as the aviation vehicles for rescues or other urgent situations. Get there, and get there fast; in all kinds of weather. We neophytes are intrigued by them, but don’t know too much about them. Combine that with what many perceive as a cost-prohibitive experience,  and most Alaska traveling families are likely to count them out for sightseeing or transportation to our adventures. 

But — and I really believe this — sometimes the intrinsic value of a big Alaska experience makes a higher pricepoint worthwhile, especially if one is only in the state a short time and is intent on checking off the list of “MUST do this” experiences. 

Alpha Aviation is locally-owned and operated, and that makes a big difference to me. Flying Alaska is a different sort of animal from other places around the world, and as a former nervous flyer, I like to know a pilot’s experience ducking over and around Alaska’s signature landscape (and weather). 

The company is offering several opportunities for visitors to enjoy the best of flight seeing coupled with a healthy dose of outdoor recreation, much of it centered around the community of Talkeetna and the icy slopes of Denali. 

Heli-Hike Picnic Adventure guests walk from the landing site to the historic Sheldon Mountain House. Sheldon Chalet is in the background. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

How about this? 

  • Denali Helicopter Adventure Picnic, including a one-hour flightseeing trip around the nooks and crannies of Denali, and one hour savoring the atmosphere of the Sheldon Mountain House, a historic engineering marvel high above Ruth Glacier. Starts at $695/pp 
  • Half-Day Heli-Biking Adventure (guided), with help from North Shore Cyclery. Flights to the remote biking terrain last about 20 minutes; from there, bikers navigate some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere on the planet. Total time: five hours. $469/pp. 
  • Ridgeline Hiking Adventures (guided). Not a biker? This trip can be switched up for hiking instead of pedaling. Enjoy a 45-minute flight and about 30 minutes of rideline hiking. $588/pp

Enjoying a sunny day upon the nunatak, upon Sheldon Mountain House is built. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

What should you know? 

  • Departing from Talkeetna will be easier on the wallet, and you’ll get to enjoy this quirky little town. 
  • Prices are per person, which in flying lingo also means per seat; and regardless of age, kids need their own seat. Contact Alpha Aviation for details. 
  • Dress for the conditions on the mountain (or wherever your intended destination is). Why? Read this.
  • The above adventures are excellent opportunities for kids with a keen sense of trying new things, hiking, biking, and flying. It can often lead to “I want to do this when I grow up!” and for me, nothing could be better. 

For more information, contact Alpha Aviation via email, or call 907. 290. 8878.

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  1. Such a useful information for people like us who are willing to visit Alaska. It seems Alpha aviation is offering wonderful service around there. Thanks for letting us know about this awesome service.

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