Once you arrive in resort come and find a VHS staff member in the following Precision Ski / Skimium shops to confirm your weather window for your activity and sign a release of liability waiver; confirm you have adequate travel insurance and read our terms and conditions online, in-store:
- Precision Ski, Val d’Isere – Gare Routiere, Centre Vilage, CC Iseran 2000. +33 (0)4 58 00 11 99. VHS desk manned between: Sat PM 1400 – 1930. Sun AM 0830 – 1930. Mon AM 0830 – 1230 and PM 1530 – 1800.
- Precision Ski, Tignes – Val Claret, Les Platieres. +33 (0)4 79 06 31 89. VHS desk manned between: Sat PM 1400 – 1930. Sun AM 0830-1930. Mon AM 0830 – 1300 and PM 1430 – 1800.
- Precision Ski, Courchevel – Courchevel 1650 Grande Roue. +33 (0)4 79 01 09 43. VHS desk manned between Sat PM 1400 – 1930. Sun AM 0830-1930. Mon AM 0830 – 1230 and PM 1600 – 1800.
- Meribel – contact one of our VHS team on +33 (0)6 45 48 08 59 to arrange a chalet visit.
We will be on hand to answer any questions over the phone and in person and will be able to explain a more detailed plan of your day considering the snow conditions and your group preferences.
If you haven’t done already you will be given another opportunity to purchase the following optional extras (subject to availability – hence we recommend booking these in advance):
- Extra heli drops, guided days and tuition.
- Guided days with a UIAGM mountain guide or instructor.
- Ski and snowboard tuition.
- Heliski preparation half and full day.
- Helicopter transfers.
- Specialist off piste Salomon / Liberty powder skis and powder snowboards (why not take a powder board up instead of your regular snowboard, or use our wider powder skis?).
- ABS backpacks (please see our blog for regular chat about which avalanche equipment we believe works well).
- A Val Heliski branded memory stick with edited Go Pro footage of your heliski day!
- Val Heliski branded ski clothing (check out our Val Heliski Ski Shop).
- A pre-heli day wax & edge of your skis or board.
- Lunch at our Wilderness Yurt – a stunning mountainside location overlooking a national park – catered using local produce and Tarentaise specialities. It’s the perfect end to an energetic day in the deep snow.
- A packed lunch.
Then, on the morning of your day’s heliskiing, this is what will happen…
7am: (if based in 3 Valleys or Paradiski): Your VHS staff member will meet you at your chalet and assist you onto the VHS minibus/ helicopter or advise you if you are in your own car, to the heli take off zone on the French / Italian border.
7.45am: (if based in Val d’Isère, Tignes, Sainte Foy): Your VHS staff member will meet you at your chalet and assist you onto the VHS minibus/ helicopter or advise you if you are in your own car, to the heli take off zone on the French / Italian border.
Your VHS team will get you kitted up with a backpack, avalanche tranceiver, shovel and probe (as your basic safety kit included in all package prices), show you how to use it, give a search and rescue exercise for kit familiarisation and then usher you to meet your UIAGM mountain guide for a safety briefing and ability assessment / warm up ski / snowboard.
Then you’ll fly out to your designated drop zone, you’ll calmly step out of the heli (it’s just like getting into and out of a car), the heli will take off and your group will suddenly find itself at the top of a stunning, remote mountain! The only thing left to do is to ski or snowboard down it, following your guide as they show you the best lines and untracked snow. Our descents last between 1-2 hours of ski or snowboard time and are up to 2500 vertical meters of descent.
Depending on your route (which you’ll discuss with your guide), you’ll either ski or snowboard to a pick up point, where the helicopter will pick you up (again, it’s like getting into a car), drop you off for more heliskiing (if your package dictates) and then it’ll bring you back to France to either our Yurt – where you can enjoy a selection of locally-produced dishes – our private helipad or your resort heliport. Alternatively, for some routes it’s possible for your guide to get you back to France on skis or a snowboard, and they’ll radio ahead so we can come and collect you from a designated pick up area by minibus. This often works well in deepest winter when the snow allows us to ski and snowboard way down to the valley floor. Regardless, decide on your transfer options when you book the package and we will work out the best descents to suit.
There’s also the option of using your mountain guide for any time left in the afternoon for off piste around La Rosiere resort before your VHS Staff member meets you and ushers you back to your transport home (the lifts close at 4pm December and January, 4:30pm February, and 5pm March and April).
4.30pm – 6pm: Après ski party – Your VHS team will escort you to our après ski drinks in your local resort for a drink on us and a viewing of your day on the big screen. It’s the perfect chance to invite friends and family!
Val d’Isère: Chalet Doudoune (Place du Rond Point des Pistes).
Tignes: Couloir Bar (Val Claret).
Courchevel: The Kudeta Bar (in 1850, just under the tunnel to the left of the Chenus bubble station).
Meribel: The Evolution Bar (Route de La Chaudanne, below the Oakley ski shop).