heliskiing
europe - france switzerland italy

The steep, varied terrain of the Alps can offer nearly just about any snow condition from waist deep powder to perfect spring corn. The drop zones bring you into the very heart of big glacier capped mountains. My heli-ski and heli-board programs are targeted towards expert skiers and boarders. There are many different options available offering diverse scenery and challenging terrain. The average amount of vertical meters skied per day is over 3,500m (over 11,350') based on a minimum of 2 drops.

Heli ski destinations include:

Italy

Switzerland

The ultimate Euro adventure - skiing the Heli Haute Route

Included

Cost Includes:

  • Guide fees
  • 8 heli flights in main program outline (more are available for an additional fee)
  • accommodation and half board based on dbl occupancy 
  • local taxi during the course as needed
  • assistance for travel logistics and planning


Cost Exclusions:

  • lunches, snacks or drinks
  • personal equipment
  • travel to or from the course departure point
  • return trip from Zermatt
  • rescue insurance
Italy

Courmayeur, Italy

Some possible runs and the vertical drop:

Aiguille des Glaciers - 1600m

Aiguille de l'Aigle - 1525m

Tre la Tete - 2400m

Mont Fortin - 1300m

Piton des Italiens - 3800m!!!

Average day includes 2 drops followed by off-piste skiing on the Monte Bianco or in Courmayeur

Prices from 355€ pp

 

La Thuile, Italy

Tete de Ruitor - 2400m

Average day includes 2 drops and off-piste skiing in La Thuile/La Rosiere

Prices from 350€ pp

 

Gressoney, Italy

Col de Lyss - 2755m

Quintino Sella - 1755m

Marinelli Couloir - 3100m

Average day includes 2 drops and off-piste skiing in Gressoney/Alagna

Prices from 425€ pp

 

Valtournenche, Italy

Chateau des Dames - 1900m 

Dome de Tsan - 2100m

Prices from 420€ pp for 2 drops

Switzerland

Verbier, Switzerland

Petit Combin North Face - 2260m from 600€

Average day includes 1 drop and off-piste skiing in Verbier

Prices from 600€ pp 

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

Monte Rosa - 3100m

Col du Lyss - 2635m

Schwartzor - 1600m

Average day includes 2 drops and off-piste skiing in Zermatt

Prices from 525€ pp

 

Val Ferret, Switzerland

Aiguilles Dorees - 2200m

Glacier de Trient - 1400m

Couloir d’Orny - 1750m

Average day includes 2 drops

Prices from 575€ pp

    Dates

    Length:
    Offered Daily

    2018 COURSE DATES
    Heliskiing is available from January through June inquire for more information

    Other possibilities exist including multi-day packages. You can also include heliskiing into many of my other courses. Please contact me for additional information.

    Skills

    Required Level:
    Excellent base fitness
    Expert skiers - flawless standard off-piste skiing level capable of turning in any type of snow
    Previous multi-day ski tour experience a must

    Skiing/Climbing Grade:
    Skiing may include sustained 40 degree slopes. S3/4

    Technical Level:
    3 out of 5

    Fitness Level:
    3 out of 5

    Group Size

    Group Size:
    All prices are based on a group size of 4 : 1
    Maximum group size is typically 6 : 1

    Equipment List

    Remember that keeping the weight to a minimum on your back will absolutely add to your pleasure and enjoyment.

    Clothing

    • Waterproof Jacket/shell lightweight and breathable GoreTex or Sympatex style
    • Shell pants w/ side zips so they can be taken on/off on the go
    • Synthetic thermal top and bottom (or soft shell ski pants)
    • Fleece or mid weight top
    • Lightweight down or primaloft type jacket
    • Socks - like the Smartwool ski sock type
    • Thin inner gloves
    • Warm ski gloves or mittens
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat

    Personal Items

    • Water bottle thermos (best) 1 liter
    • Personal toiletry kit, compeed and painkillers
    • Ski goggles
    • Sun glasses rated minimum Cat 3
    • Sunscreen and lip cream
    • Spare shirt, undies, socks
    • Silk sheet liner (no sleeping bags needed)
    • Ear plugs
    • Wallet (with some cash), passport, Alpine Club card if you are a member and proof of insurance

    Technical Gear

    • Pack 35l as lightweight as you can find - minus all the fancy gadgets....
    • Digital avalanche beacon/transceiver no analogue models
    • Shovel with metal blade
    • Avalanche probe that's at least 2,00m long
    • Ski mountaineering boots like the Salomon MTN, Scarpa Freedom, etc  see my links page for ideas
    • Skis with touring bindings pin type or otherwise
    • Ski poles that have a decent sized basket on them they don't need to be telescopic
    • Climbing skins that match your skis and that are in good shape
    • Ski crampons - yes you need to have them
    • Harness, with 120cm sling and a carabiner
    • Boot crampons alloy are fine
    • Ice Axe light and short-ish 50-60cm

    All the other group items such a safety kit, first aid and survival equipment, I will have with me.

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