Jeffery Fraser is the owner of Tsaina Lodge near Valdez, Alaska. This 24-room lodge that Jeffery Fraser restored features an on-site helicopter pad and offers helicopter adventures to various locations in the Chugach Mountains where guests can ski, fish, and do much more.
The Chugach Mountains are part of the larger Alaskan Coastal Range and extend east along the southern coast of Alaska from around the Anchorage area. They were formed when the Pacific tectonic plate crashed against the coast and were further carved by glaciers, giving individual mountains a dramatic and sculpted appearance.
These mountains currently attract visitors for a number of reasons. First of all, they offer spectacular scenery including peaks, glaciers, lakes, and wildlife. They are of historical interest since the original Iditarod mining trail – made famous during the gold mining boom at the turn of the 20th century – passes through the mountains, and there are still many abandoned mines in the range left by the original prospectors.
The Chugach Mountains are full of recreational opportunities, as well, with some of the best helicopter skiing and salmon fishing in the world. Furthermore, they feature many excellent sites for rock and ice climbing. Hunting and panning for gold are other popular activities.