In the early 1990s extreme skiers fell in love with the immense wildness of Alaska's Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez. The Chugach has everything that skiers desire: consistently deep powder snow that coats steep slopes, massive vertical descending thousands of feet from peaks to glaciers, virtually endless terrain options, a glacial refrigeration effect that enhances snowfall and preserves powder, and regions that are protected from major wind corridors. Helicopters were and still are the quickest, most efficient method to access the remote terrain and ski mountains that would take days or weeks to access by foot. These mountains demanded a whole new approach to helicopter skiing and terrain management protocol. This is the first webisode in a series showing what it took to pioneer Alaska heli skiing and open up the vast Chugach Mountains for skiers and snowboarders from around the world to enjoy.