Reverse Heliskiing – Multiple Resorts, Multiple Pick-Ups

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ABILITY: From beginner to advanced, depending on package

FITNESS: Low to high, depending on package

DISCIPLINE:Skier silhouette Basic RGB

PACKAGE DATES: 5th December – 5th May


PRICES:

Prices are based on a full helicopter of 4 people

Price (per person) Number Of Resorts You'll Ski Amount Of Heli Pick-Ups Ability Fitness required
£210 (€249) One One Intermediate/Advanced High
£250 (€299) Two One Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Low to medium
£335 (€399) Three Two Intermediate/Advanced Medium to high
£440 (€525) Four Three Advanced High

Take a look at Whitelines Magazine’s article; Heliskiing on a budget with Val Heliski

AVAILABLE FROM: Tignes, Val d’Isere, Ste Foy, La Rosiere, Paradiski.

COURSE OVERVIEW: A full day on and off-piste, with your guide or instructor, commencing in your resort (where possible). Skiing / snowboarding out of resort boundaries where you will be picked up by helicopter and whisked back to resort.

The beauty of helicopter-transport is that we can cover a large amount of ground in a short amount of time, which is what enables us to visit up to four resorts in one day. Have a look at some of our favourite resorts in the “where we operate map” in the heliskiing packages page.

SAMPLE COURSE ITINERARY:

Whilst we endeavour to commence these packages from your home resort, snow conditions; ability; and group preferences will ultimately dictate the resort(s) included in your package. We have 7 resorts available to us. We chose our preferred resort out of: La Rosiere, La Thuile, St Foy, Espace Killy or Paradiski.

One Resort One Heli Pick-Up

09:00 AM: Meet your instructor for briefing/safety kit fitting and then jump on the lifts of the chosen resort.

09:30 AM: Piste and off-piste warm up; transceiver training and off-piste ability assessment with your instructor.

10:30 AM: High possibility of a hike of between 10 and 60 minutes (depending on route choice, snow conditions and client preferences) followed by an off-piste descent of up to 3000 vertical meters in good snow years. Routes could include the North Faces of the Bellecote; Fogliette; lower North or South faces of St Foy; Trees of La Thuile; Mickeys Ears descent Espace Killy; not to mention our secret routes. If the snow is good we descend as far as Bourg St Maurice level to a secret heli pick up point to be helicoptered out back to the resort’ helipad.

12:00 – 1:00 PM:  Stop for a mountain restaurant lunch (not included) or pre-ordered VHS packed lunch.

1:00 – 4:30 PM: More off-piste with your guide; mindful of afternoon snow pack and conditions.

 

Two Resorts One Heli Pick-Up

09:00 AM: Meet your instructor in the starting resort (which could be St Foy), for briefing/safety kit fitting and jump on the lifts of the chosen resort.

09:30 AM: Piste and off-piste warm up; transceiver training and off-piste ability assessment with your instructor.

10:00 AM: A hike of between 10 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes (depending on group preference and snow conditions) to access North and South-facing descents of between 1000-3000 vertical metres. Finishing as low as Bourg St Maurice altitude, in a good snow year.

12:30 PM:  Heli pick-up to La Rosiere for a mountain restaurant lunch at l’Ancolie (not included) or pre-ordered VHS packed lunch.

1:30 – 4:30 PM: Afternoon of off-piste around La Rosiere/ La Thuile often finishing completely out of resort where your met by our VHS minibus/own transport and driven back to your chalet. Very little hiking required for the afternoon and depending on the snow level; we could visit the La Thuile trees and steeps or the blue-to-red run gradient off piste of La Rosiere; heading out of boundaries down the valley over the fields of Montvalezan.

 

Three Resorts Two Heli Pick-Ups

09:00 AM: Meet your instructor in resort (which could be St Foy) for briefing; safety kit fitting and jump on the lifts of the chosen resort.

09:30 AM: Piste and off-piste warm up; transceiver training and off-piste ability assessment with your instructor.

10:00 AM: A hike of between 10 and 20 minutes (depending on group preference and snow conditions) to access lower North and South-facing descents in St Foy of between 1000-2000 vertical metres. Finishing out of bounds as low as Bourg St Maurice altitude, in a good snow year.

12:00 PM:  Heli pick-up to La Rosiere for a mountain restaurant lunch at l’Ancolie (not included) or pre-ordered VHS packed lunch.

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Post-lunch your instructor will take you up the La Rosiere lift system and off-piste out of boundaries and through trees, often finishing completely out of resort where your helicopter will meet you and take you to Les Arcs. (If we run out of time the helicopter will take you directly back to your home resort).

2:30 – 5:00 PM: Ski / snowboard the North-face of the Bellecote (if conditions allow) finishing in Villaroger, where our VHS minibus /own transport takes you back to your chalet.

 

Four Resorts Three Heli Pick-Ups

09:00 AM: Meet your instructor in resort (which could be the Espace Killy) for briefing; safety kit fitting and jump on the lifts of the chosen resort. Followed by a short piste and off-piste warm up; transceiver training and off-piste ability assessment with your instructor.

09:30 AM: 20-45 minute hike from the top of the Toviere lift, between Tignes and Val d’Isere to access the “Mickey’s Ears” run, from which you will enjoy a variety of couloirs, steeps and open expanses during your descent.

11:30 AM: You’ll finish the run at Lac de Chevril, from where you’ll be picked up by helicopter and taken to Ste Foy.

11:45 AM: Utilise Ste Foy’s lift system; followed by a hike of between 10 and 20 minutes (depending on group preference and snow conditions) to access North and South-facing descents of between 1000-2000 vertical metres. Finishing between St Foy base level and as low as Bourg St Maurice altitude, in a good snow year.

1:30 – 3:00 PM:  Heli pick-up to La Rosiere. Take a sandwich to eat on-the-move (not included) before skiing / snowboarding the off-piste, out-of-boundaries trees of La Rosiere with your instructor.

3:00  PM: Heli pick-up to Les Arcs.

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Ski / snowboard the North-face of the Bellecote (if conditions allow) finishing in Villaroger, where our VHS minibus / own transport takes you back to your chalet.

 


MEETING POINT:

To do this Reverse Heliskiing package we meet you at our VHS Meeting Point in the resorts of: Tignes, Val d’Isere, Ste Foy, Paradiski or La Rosiere (see map above). Below are options to access the meeting point.

Transfer Options to Access the Meeting Point Price
Your own transport no cost
VHS minibus transfer £82 (€99) pp

COURSE INCLUDES:

What's included:
Transceiver; shovel and probe
Transceiver training
Full-day with Instructor
Pre-specified number of heli pick-ups
Use of our radio communications for safety and instruction

Not included: Food/drink, lift pass(es) (including Carte Neige backcountry rescue to hospital), adequate travel insurance, airport taxes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Extras: Price
ABS pack £24 (€29) pp
Edited GoPro footage of your day £33 (€39) pp
Use of our Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis £21 (€25) pp/day
Packed lunch £29 (€35) pp
60 minute warm-down sports massage £60 (€72)
VHS hoodie £65 (€75)
VHS Hagloffs fleece £90 (€105)
VHS Hagloffs couloir 3 Jacket £410 (€490)

 

SWEEPER SERVICE:
According to best practice backcountry skiing / snowboarding we offer the use of sweeper on your backcountry day. A sweeper is employed to follow the group while the guide/instructor leads from the front. A sweeper is there to ensure the safety of everyone in the group thereby improving the group’s overall confidence and security. Price: £50 (€60) pp based on a private group of 4.

Sweeper Service Price
Val Heliski Sweeper Service (Private heli trips only) £200 (€240)
first time skiing

POLICY:

– Prices are based on a full helicopter of 4 seats.

– Payment is to be made in full to confirm the booking.

– We require you to leave all ski holiday days available to heli. We will contact you by SMS in resort to confirm your weather window.

– In accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and unless we have already provided the services we have contracted with you to provide or your booking is made in resort, you have the right to cancel your booking at any time up to the end of the 7th working day after the booking is accepted by us. You may do this by writing to us at the above address and you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. If you want to cancel your booking otherwise than as set out above please inform us as soon as possible. You will forfeit your deposit but please note that places on a trip can be transferred to someone else subject to any such replacement agreeing to these Conditions.

– In the event a guide directs the group to a route with better conditions (subject to availability), additional costs may be incurred depending on helicopter pick-up location.

– We reserve the right to exchange any of our products of a similar price or less in the event of adverse weather or snow conditions.

– If an alternative product, of a similar price or less, cannot be offered due to adverse weather or snow conditions, then a refund on the helicopter element(s) of the package missed will be given at the rate of £25 (€30) per drop missed.

– If a helicopter cannot fly due to adverse weather we reserve the right to use the guide/instructor for the time they have been booked.

– Adequate travel insurance is required for all VHS packages and is the responsibility of the participant to purchase and provide proof to a VHS staff member on the day of their activity. We recommend purchasing a Carte Neige for the full duration of your lift pass and can advise further, on request.

– Any incomplete groups either (1) pay for the empty seats (2) find a complete group before you arrive in resort (3) come to our drinks night in your local resort every Monday 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

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Val Heli Ski Terms and Conditions

Val/Tignes Heli Ski LLP, Partnership no’s OC358489 / OC358496
Val/Tignes Heli Ski LLP – numéro d’immatriculation: 801 050 659 R.C.S CHAMBERY / 800 898 074 R.C.S. CHAMBERY
Contact: +4401329339621, info@valheliski.com
Head office: Shirral House, Church Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2HY, UK

 

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