- Sport levelAdvanced
- Spoken languagesEnglish, French
- Duration7 hrs
- Opening seasons:
This heliskiing day trip is designed for skiers & snowboarders who want to experience the thrills of heliskiing at their own pace.
Jump 20ft from a helicopter, straight into neck-deep powder then navigate your way down almost vertical slopes until you end up at the bottom of the mountain... That's what heliskiing is all about!
Heliskiing or heliboarding (snowboard) is the ultimate ski/snowboard experience and the best chance of finding fresh powder snow. It's a thrilling activity that starts with anticipation and quickly turns into excitement and exhilaration thanks to the stunning surrounding landscapes. You’ll access runs and untouched powder that only a helicopter can reach!
With Val Heliski, you'll get the chance to try out powder skis and learn how to use them under the instruction of an IFMGA mountain guide (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations). You will also be trained on the safety equipment.
Since heliskiing is a prohibited activity in France, you start the day in Italy and ski back to France
Your day starts with a warm-up -on and off-piste- to the helicopter take-off zone on the French/Italian border. You then meet your instructor, carry out transceiver training and an avalanche rescue training simulation before embarking on your heli descent. The descents take place either in Courmayeur, Valgrisencheor theCol Du Petit St Bernard depending on the time of year, snow conditions and group preferences.
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund
3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Sample course itinerary:
8 am: A VHS minibus will pick you up in Val d’Isere/Tignes (7:15 if staying in Courchevel/Meribel) and a drive to La Rosiere.
8:45 am: On arrival at La Rosiere any pre-booked Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis will be fitted as well as safety kit fitting and briefing.
9:00 am: A VHS staff member will get you to the French/Italian border, via an on/off-piste warm-up, to meet your UIAGM mountain guide at the helicopter take-off zone.
10:30 am: The guide will carry out a further warm-up and checks your off-piste level before the heliski. Technical advice on off-piste skiing or snowboarding will be given.
11 am: You'll start your helicopter descent of up to 2000 vertical meters, with plenty of opportunities to stop for technique tips on backcountry riding, take a break in the epic scenery and observe wildlife.
12:30 am: Stop for a mountain restaurant lunch (not included) or pre-ordered VHS packed lunch.
1:30 am: The guide will take you around some of the piste and off-piste of La Thuile including 3 runs (depending on groups ability), whilst giving further technical tips.
3 pm: A staff member will get you back to France for a well-deserved beer and debriefs before your minibus takes you back to your resort.Activity requirements
Please note that the activity is weather dependent. If the helicopter is unable to fly due to adverse weather conditions, the Pro will try to offer you an alternative.Special terms
- 1-3 pax.: €600 pp.
- 4 pax.: €530 pp.
- Use of Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis: €25 pp./day
- Edited GoPro footage of your day: €39 pp.
- Packed lunch: €29 pp.
- VHS hoodie: €75
- VHS Hagloffs fleece: €105
- Transceiver; shovel and probe
- Transceiver training
- One heli-drop
- UIAGM mountain guide
- Lift pass; incl. Carte Neige insurance
- Return minibus transfer
- Adequate travel insurance
- Airport taxes
- Restaurant lunch
- Snowboard/Skis adapted to freeriding
- Ski/board boots (wear casual shoes to the staging area)
- Water/wind proof outer layer
- First and second underlayers
- Warm gloves
- Energy snacks & bottled water
- ID card/Passport