heli haute route - france switzerland

Think it is a crazy idea? Well not so much really. In fact, I have done several of the legs in a day. Many people claim the skiing is lame and not interesting - well I'll show you otherwise using the heli, you'll see that is absolutely not the case.
This is one of my ultimate adventures and will provide one of the most incredible heliski experiences imaginable in the Alps. 

Course Highlights:

  • skiing some of the most amazing untracked snow from Chamonix to Zermatt and everywhere in between
  • first class accommodations and service
  • overnight in a mountain hut complete with an end of the week bash

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

Typical 5 day Heli Haute Route Program

Day 0 Argentiere
Evening welcome with a celebratory drink and dinner to discuss the week's plans.Night in Argentiere

Day 1 Aiguilles Dorees
After an early breakfast, we head over the border into Switzerland to catch our first lift. An exciting heli ride up the Trient Glacier to land on the Col des Plines. From here we have a few options, one of my favorites is to hike a short ways up past the Trient hut and ski one of the many steep couloirs that lead into the Val d'Arpette. Night in Champex

Day 2 Long n'Steep
The first ride of the day today is down the valley via taxi to catch our heli ride up to one of the better heli runs we will do of the week - the North Face of the Petit Combin. Sections flirt with 50 degrees but never for too long and after a nice run back down into Fionnay, we catch another ride to the summit of the Rosablanche. More powder turns and a late lunch will see us back in the Rhone valley for the evening. Night in Arolla

Day 3 Supersize me
If you think yesterday's adventure was great, wait until today's…Our first heli lift drops us off on top of the Pigne d'Arolla. Highest summit in the area and one that dwarfs the village of Arolla some 2200m lower. We start with great powder skiing off the summit to reach the Vignettes hut and one of the several steep couloirs that will take us down to the Bertol glacier and finaly back into Arolla. But wait that's not it - we get yet another ride this time up to the Col de Valpelline for another 2300m long run below the Matterhorn and into Zermatt. Beer time. Night in Zermatt

Day 4 Monte Rosa
A quick breakfast in Zermatt is followed by a long heli flight to just below the summit of Switzerland's highest peak - Monte Rosa. This is the highest point of our week and the run back into Zermatt is also one of epic proportions. We'll most likely spend the afternoon skiing some of the "other" off-piste gems to be found near Zermatt. Night at the Rifugio Guida del Cervino at 3300m packed with lots of late night fun.

Day 5 Additional flight day to discover the amazing mountains above Zermatt
The day starts with a casual Italian caffe and a 50m walk out the door for our pick up on the Swiss/Italian border and one of my favourite runs near Cervinia - the Chateau des Dames.
This is followed by a second pick up for our next drop below the towering east face of the Matterhorn and back into Cervinia. If you still have legs left we'll have one last breath taking run back into Zermatt via the Schwartzor. 
Week ending celebration party in Zermatt. Final goodbye dinner and night in Zermatt.

* Actual course details may vary due to safety reasons and the guide may modify the itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions


    5 days, 6 nights

    April 8-13
    This is course is also available on a custom based dates please inquire


    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:
    4 out of 5

    Fitness Level:
    4 out of 5


    3,995 € / pp based on 4 guests
    5,995 € private arrangement

    Group Size:
    Maximum group size is 4 : 1

    Local links

    Course Base:
    Argentiere - Chamonix, France

    Local Airport:
    Geneva Int'l Airport, Switzerland - GVA

    webcam Chamonix Arrête de l'Aiguille du Midi - Vallée Blanche
    Equipment List

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


    • 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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