"If you want to ride in Haines you better know Seandog. He started the operation so he could ride with his friends. His operation is "AK Style." You will not be picked up in a fancy car or served hot chocolate on the glacier, but with any luck you will ride the best run of your life."
- Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is most certainly right about one thing, Seandog is definitely the guy to know in Haines, but now, we do actually pick you up in a 'fancy' Ford Transit Quigley 4x4 van, and drinking hot chocolate on a glacier sure does sound nice, doesn't it?! We have some of the sunniest skies in AK, we fly in A-Stars, with groups of 5 guests max, and we operate from March to mid April. If you ever wanted to go heliskiing in Alaska, we would be stoked to have you as our guest!
A little background. Riding lifts and hiking was not enough for creators Bruce Griggs and Seandog Brownell. In the early 1980's, they could be found hiring random helicopters, duct taping their skis to the skids, and skiing first descents from Valdez to Juneau. After working hard all summer in the commercial fishing and construction industries, Bruce and Seandog would take winters off, and began to charter helicopters through Coastal Helicopters, who still serves us today. It didn't take long to figure out they could not afford the helicopters themselves, so they turned to their friends, inviting them to go skiing, but this time, with a helicopter.
The dream moved from Juneau to Valdez, where helicopters became the best method for transporting skiers in extreme skiing contests that people like Seandog, Bruce, Tom Burt, and many other big mountain pioneers were entering. Seandog and Bruce decided to take their dream back home to Juneau, and incorporated Out of Bounds Adventures. Besides serving the locals of Juneau, Seandog and Bruce would meet people like Justin Hostynek of Absinthe Films, and guiding film productions became a huge part of their new business. Since that time, Out of Bounds Adventures became Alaska Heliskiing, and has provided services for IMAX movies, films for TGR, Matchstick Productions and many other incredible production companies.
Seandog is now partnered with long time guest, turned co-owner, Stephen Spaeth. Stephen has been heliskiing for 20 years in North America and Europe, and was looking to change his heliskiing addiciton into a lifestyle that can be shares with others. Stephen created a climbing gym chain before trying out media and music production, wagyu cattle ranching in UT, and permaculture design. With Seandog and Stephen's shared creative passions and complimentary strengths, they are dreaming up the first ever Heliskiing Homestead. We already have chickens and grow our own food, but one day we will grow enough for our guests too. We work with our hands, think dirt is our friend, limit expsoure to EMFs, and live a way of life that will help you disconnect, and think differently when you return home. We hope to have you as our guest!