Skagway Helicopter Tours – What You Need to Know
Have you ever dreamed of driving a dog sledding team across the snowy tundra? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on a pristine ancient glacier? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should consider taking a Skagway helicopter tour. Many people visiting Skagway wonder what to expect when they take these popular tours. The following information answers the most common questions we hear from tourists considering a heli-tour.
What do I need to bring?
The helicopter company provides guests with glacier boots that prevent slipping on the sometimes-slippery surface of the glacier, so you don’t need to worry about footwear. It is typically colder on the glacier but it can also be surprisingly warm, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers and wear a jacket that can be easily removed. Remember, it’s always better to be too warm in Alaska than to be cold.
Weather can suddenly change while you’re on the glacier. You could even encounter snow in the middle of the summer, so preparedness is key to getting the most from your tour. On sunny days, the sunlight’s reflection off of the snow and ice can be blinding, so sunglasses are a must. It is also highly recommended that you take a camera, because you’re going to want to relive the memories of what will likely be the most memorable part of your Alaska vacation.
Is it safe?
Everything we do involves a certain amount of risk. That being said, Skagway helicopter tours are as safe as possible. The company that runs the helicopter tours, Temsco, has a stellar safety track record and you will find that their aircraft are clean and well maintained. They take great pride in their product, and it shows when you take a look at their customer reviews. Chances are that it’s far more dangerous driving to work in your hometown than it is taking a helicopter tour in Skagway.
Because safety is a priority, sometimes helicopter tours are canceled, which brings us to the next question…
Will my Skagway Helicopter Tour be canceled?
This question can only be answered on the day of your departure. Of the two tours, the Heli-Dogsled Tour is more likely to be canceled because the glacier is at a higher elevation than the one visited on the Glacier Discovery by Helicopter Tour. Fog, clouds, and high winds can cause helicopter tours to be canceled at any time, even on days when the weather in Skagway seems perfect. This can lead to some disappointment, but the safety of every guest is always the number-one priority.
Should I book ahead of time?
Yes. Both helicopter tours are routinely sold out, even on days where there are fewer cruise ships in port. If you wait until the day you arrive in port, it’s highly likely you could miss out on one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Skagway is a small town with limited seating on every tour, so book now and guarantee you have a seat on a Skagway helicopter tour you will never forget.