Our founding fathers decreed, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.” However, all mountain ranges are not. This point becomes overwhelming clear the first time you catch a glimpse of the immense Chilkat and Takhinsha Mountains towering above the sleepy town of Haines, Alaska. With the mingling of relatively warmer ocean air masses and those from the bitter cold arctic, the weather clears early and often and the snow quality is second to none. The combination is divine. These influences make the snow in the Haines area some of the driest and most stable on earth.
Haines, Alaska is where SEABA calls home! Our nearly 1,200-square-mile heli-skiing area extends from salt water all the way to the British Columbia border nearly forty miles to the northwest. The guides know what you’ve been dreaming of, and they’ve got the skills to take you safely. SEABA stages operations along a 40 mile corridor from three strategically spaced heliports, each with distinct weather influences and terrain options, to make sure you have the best opportunity to crush powder, not your bank account. Our mission has always been about the client. Staying small and inclusive, four groups of four per heli, enables us to maintain a close personal relationship with all our guests, shown by our outstanding number of return customers and friends. With years of dedication, patience, growth in our community, and the support of unwavering clients, SEABA’s mission of providing the essence of adventure skiing is emerging. Please visit us at www.skiseaba.com.
SEABA was founded around 12 years ago by Scott Sundberg and Shawn “Jobe” McNamara. Both are accomplished heli-guides, avalanche forecasters and life-long students of snowscience. SEABA evolved from a desire to provide the best heli-skiing guide service in Southeast Alaska utilizing the outrageous terrain courtesy of the Chilkat and Fairweather Mountain ranges. Both Scott and Jobe call Haines their home. Cofounder Shawn McNamara, plied the Wasatch Range while attending the University of Utah in the early nineties. After years of ski touring, gaining experience as a member of the Snowbird ski patrol, and undergoing backcountry guide training in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, and British Columbia he moved to Girdwood, Alaska in Spring 1994 where he met cofounder Scott Sundberg Scott, also know in the ski industry as Sunny, has spent 24 years in Alaska, 10 of which he has dedicated to the development of a winter ski based economy in Haines, Alaska. Scott’s big mountainguiding experience developed over the last 25 years. In Girdwood, he ski raced for Glacier Creek Academy along with fellow student Tommy Moe. Scott eventually took racing to the US development team and ended up choosing collegiate skiing over U.S. Ski Team pursuits. It was here that he decided his love for the sport really happened in Alaska and he decided to return to his home town of Girdwood to reunite with the soul of skiing in “93. It was at this point that Scott and Shawn met in Girdwood at Alyeska, skiing touring Turnigan and Girdwood backcountry routes in the Western Chugach. They soon realized that beyond Girdwood and Valdez, Southeast Alaska held more unequivocal tales of first descents that couldn’t be ignored. Heading south for Haines in ’95 they had lofty thoughts of Heliskiing the multiple ranges of Southeast. Skagway and Haines would provide to be the areas of most concentration. After 15 years of ski guiding and snow science education Scott and Shawn would end up being some of the first people into these fabulous mountain ranges, both as individuals and guides.
They soon realized that beyond Girdwood and Valdez, Southeast Alaska held more unequivocal tales of first descents that couldn’t be ignored. Heading south for Haines in ’95 they had lofty thoughts of Heliskiing the multiple ranges of Southeast. Skagway and Haines would provide to be the areas of most concentration. After 15 years of ski guiding and snow science education Scott and Shawn would end up being some of the first people into these fabulous mountain ranges, both as individuals and guides.They have continued to elevate ski guiding in Haines since the beginning and have persistently fought politics and Alaska’s Rural economy to make the soul of skiing come to life. In fall of 2005, after years of discussion and planning , Scott and Shawn entered into partnership with long time snow cat ski operator Nick Trimble. With years of operational experience in Colorado and Montana, Nick possessed the unique skill set to make snow cat skiing operations in the untamed wilderness of southeast Alaska a reality. With the best Heliskiing in Alaska and world class snow cat skiing to back them up, SEABA is now delivering the some of the finest skiing experiences in the world today.
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