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Heli Skiing or Heli
Boarding is the ultimate experience for every serious skier and snowboarder.
Heli Skiing / Boarding does not have to be restricted to just experienced
snow users, with the recent introduction of fat skis, improved technology
and equipment you don't have to be the hardcore, die-hard dedicated
Snowsport enthusiast to enjoy effortless powder turns through untracked
fresh snow that can last for miles over thousands of metres of vertical
The Heli-Skiing Ban in France
banned on Mont Blanc by the French President Valerie Giscard
after he skied it by helicopter. He appreciated the argument that had
been put towards him for the ban that Heli-skiing disturbs the
environment and causes a great deal of noise in relation to the number of
people who can benefit from this activity. For these same reasons the 1st
Mitterand government generalised this to the whole of France. Helicopters
are now only allowed to be used in France for work or rescue.
Heli-Skiing Italy and France
The Italians have followed the same
ideas and have limited heli-skiing to Val Ferret and Val Grisenche.
The majority of heli-skiing is in the
Val d'Aoste: Val Grisenche - La Thuile and Monte Rosa (4633m). You can
find the biggest vertical in Europe, extreme skiing, couloirs, glaciers
but you need to go when the snow is good. Val Grisenche has its own
micro-climate meaning you shouldn't rely on the snow cover in neighboring
regions for its conditions.
You can ski or board many of the
Italian summits from the French stations on the border.
Heli-Skiing - ITALY
- Aosta Valley
Helicopter Drops -
1 Guide + up to 4 people / Helicopter
MOUNTAINS - COST PER DROP
Possible to do 1,
2, 3, 4 drops in a single day
Les Verdettes du Rutor
Mount (Mt.) Freduaz, Roc Rouge
Mt. Miravidi, M. Ouille
Mt.Fortin, M. Favre
MOUNTAIN GUIDE - Transceivers, shovels
and probes supplied
It is hard to plan exact routes
beforehand as these will depend on snow conditions, weather and other
groups and air traffic.
Each Heli Skiing trip differs, but as
a general guide:
A One-drop option
will generally take up a ½ day and could be anything up to a 3500 metre vertical
descent. Any one run could last from an hour up to two and a half hours
(dependant on ability).
For those whose legs are up to it,
multi drop days are also possible.
of course a good physical fitness and a reasonable level of skiing to
make the most of the day. All trips are made with a fully qualified high
mountain guide who will choose the routes adapted to your level with
safety being paramount at all times.
In order to paticipate in a Heli drop
you will need to be of a high intermediate level. A good indicator for
this level is about 6 weeks on snow with good off piste experience as
This above information is given on the understanding that it is
used as a guidance note only. Individual skill levels can vary in
accordance with time on snow and your 6 weeks experience still may not
come up to the base skill level.
Wind & waterproof
* Should be provided by the guide
For any Heli-Skiing trip you will
need a snow shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver.