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Deluxe Multi-Drop Heliski/Board Experience

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ABILITY: 3.-5

FITNESS:3.-5

DISCIPLINE:Skier silhouette Basic RGB

PACKAGE DATES: 20th December – 5th May

PRICE: 

Departing Tignes Val Claret Altiport or Val d'Isere Altiport Price (per person)
Booking as a 3 persons €1248 pp
Booking as a 4 / 5 persons €949 pp
Departing Meribel Altiport or Courchevel 1850 altiport Price (per person)
Booking as a 3 persons €1546
Booking as a 4 / 5 persons €1197

COURSE OVERVIEW:

An all-inclusive experience designed for skiers / snowboarders comfortable on red run gradient off-piste (minimum) wanting to experience a true backcountry heliskiing / heliboarding adventure, in the huge expanse of terrain available to us. Helicopter transfers are included to / from Meribel altiport, Courchevel 1850 altiport, Tignes Val Claret altiport or La Daille altiport in Val d’Isere and the chosen Italian heliski base.

One benefit of helicopter transfers is the significant reduction in the travel time to the heliskiing locations. You’ll also save valuable energy (as with minibus transfers we usher you on a warm-up ski from La Rosiere to the heliskiing location) – so if someone’s ability level is slightly lacking or you’re anticipating doing extra drops then heli transfers are the way to go.

Soak in the sights as you fly over snow-dusted peaks to access the start of your heliski day. The descents that follow will take between one-to-two hours of ski / snowboard time each (around 2000 vertical meters of descent) and will allow you to experience a variety of terrain and snow conditions. A full-day with your private UIAGM mountain guide and training on the safety equipment we provide are included. Heliski descents could be in either: Courmayeur, Valgrisenche or the Col du Petit St Bernard – depending on time of year; snow conditions and groups’ preferences.

This package is based on a two drop heli ski/board day with unlimited drops available.

Also included is everything you need for a backcountry heliski adventure; ABS packs, use of Salomon / Liberty powder skis, edited GoPro footage of your day, and a Savoyard style Val Heliski packed lunch.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY:

9:30 AM: Meet your UIAGM mountain guide at either Meribel altiport, Courchevel 1850 altiport, Tignes Val Claret altiport or La Daille altiport in Val d’Isere where you will be given your safety equipment and briefed before stepping into the helicopter. Then you’ll fly straight to one of our Italian heliski bases where you will begin the heliskiing day.

10:00 AM: You’ll begin your two heli-drops, skiing / snowboarding up to 2500 vertical metres per descent. (Refer to “where we operate” map for details of possible descents.)

1:00 PM: You’ll finish your two descents around 1pm. At this point you can: (a) purchase more drops to extend your heliskiing day. (b) request to go for lunch or eat your Val Heliski packed lunch on the slopes. (c) enjoy an afternoon of off-piste with your mountain guide; if you are in a suitable location with access to ski-lifts. Some of our routes are so far into the backcountry we cannot access lifts – although if you request this option we can organise to get you to a suitable location. Some locations provide lift passes in the package price. If you require a lift pass for the afternoon of off-piste we can purchase one for you on your request.

2:00 – 4:30 PM: After your afternoons activity you will take the helicopter back to Meribel altiport, Courchevel 1850 altiport, Tignes Val Claret altiport or La Daille altiport in Val d’Isere from an Italian heliski base.



MEETING POINT:

This Heliskiing package begins from either Meribel altiport, Courchevel 1850 altiport, Tignes Val Claret altiport or La Daille altiport in Val d’Isere, where the helicopter will meet you.

Helicopter transfers to / from the above altiports to the Italian heliski base are included in this package.

COURSE INCLUDES:

What's Included:
Transceiver; shovel and probe
Transceiver training
Return helicopter transfers from the aforementioned altiports to Italian heliski base
Two heli-drops
Full day off-piste with your UIAGM mountain guide
Use of Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis
ABS pack
Edited GoPro footage of your day
Packed lunch
Use of our radio communications for safety and instruction

Not included: airport taxes, lift pass(es) including Carte Neige backcountry rescue to hospital (dependant on the area you’re in), adequate travel insurance

Optional Extras:

Extras Price
Heli out of remote location at end of day £82 (€99) pp
Additional drop £187.50 (€225) 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)

POLICY:

– Prices are based on a full helicopter of 4/5 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 £190 (€225) 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..

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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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Airport Transfers – VHS Minibus

AVAILABLE DATES: 5th December – 4th May

AVAILABLE FROM / TO RESORTS: Courchevel, Meribel, Val d’Isere and Tignes

AVAILABLE FROM / TO AIRPORTS: Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon

DESCRIPTION: Your journey to and from the airport needn’t be a hassle. That’s why we provide a VHS minibus transfer option. Our minibus can comfortably seat from 1 to 8 people, with room for luggage, skis and snowboards. If you’re keen to save time on your heliskiing / boarding holiday; why not get a minibus transfer to the start of your package, straight from the airport? We will take you to the start of the package and ensure your luggage is taken to your chalet to await you at the end of the day. We operate in any of the above mentioned resorts and airports.

PRICES: 

£290 (€349) per person

POLICY:

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

– 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.

– 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.

Got a Question?

Val Heli Ski Terms and Conditions

Val Heliski LLP, Partnership number: OC358489, numéro d’immatriculation: 801 050 659 R.C.S. CHAMBERY, Contact: +4401329339621, info@valheliski.com
Head office: Shirral House, Church Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2HY, UK

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Airport Transfers – Helicopter

AVAILABLE DATES: 5th December – 4th May

AVAILABLE FROM / TO RESORTS: Courchevel, Meribel, Val d’Isere and Tignes

AVAILABLE FROM / TO AIRPORTS: Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon

DESCRIPTION: Your journey to and from the airport needn’t be a hassle. That’s why we provide a private 5-seater helicopter transfer taking you from your resort, over snow-dusted mountains, to a landing pad in your chosen airport – A journey of circa-30 minutes! Save valuable time, avoid lengthly delays and marvel at the stunning backdrop during the flight – A truly unique way to travel. Our helicopter transfers are for groups of up to 5 persons, with room for your luggage. A shorter transfer allows for longer time spent in resort; perfect for those who want to make the most of their time in the mountains.

PRICES: 

Prices are based on a helicopter of 5 paying persons, travelling to / from any of the resorts mentioned above.

Airport Price per person – one way
Geneva / Grenoble £415 (€499)
Chambery £335 (€399)
Lyon £500 (€599)

POLICY:

– Prices are based on a full helicopter of 5 seats.

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

– 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.

– 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.

– 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.

– 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.

Got a Question?

Val Heli Ski Terms and Conditions

Val Heliski LLP, Partnership number: OC358489, numéro d’immatriculation: 801 050 659 R.C.S. CHAMBERY, Contact: +4401329339621, info@valheliski.com
Head office: Shirral House, Church Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2HY, UK
 

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Price Breakdown – Multi-Day Packages

Prices / Group Sizes For Multi-Day Packages:

• These packages are for groups of 1 to 5 persons

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices


Price Breakdown – Heli-Scenic Tours and Airport Transfers

Prices / Group Sizes For Heli-Scenic Tours and Airport Transfers:

• Heli-Scenic Tours require full groups ( 5 or 6 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly

• Our Helicopter Airport Transfers require full groups ( 5 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly

• All of our Heli-Scenic packages provide the option to hire a guide / instructor after your scenic tour for an afternoon of off-piste guided skiing or snowboarding 

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices


Price Breakdown – Non-Heli Packages

Prices / Group Size For Packages Not Including a Helicopter Element:

Each of our backcountry experiences require a certain group size, when booking, to commence:

• The Tarentiase Tour package requires you to book as a full, private group of 6 persons. If you want to do the “Tarentiase Tour with Heli Pick-Up”; you will need to book as a group of 4 persons (due to the number of seats available in the helicopter)

• The Heliski Preparation packages can be booked by groups of 1 to 6 persons. The price shown is for the group, with a price of €65 for each additional person

• The Split Board courses are to be booked by full groups of 6 persons

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices

 


Val Heliski Price Breakdown – Heliskiing / Reverse Heliskiing

Prices / Group Size For Heliskiing / Reverse Heliskiing Packages:

Paying to go heliskiing isn’t like paying to get onto a public bus; you have to consider the amount of seats in a helicopter (4 or 5 depending on the helicopter chosen). An empty seat is a waste of such a unique and sought-after experience. Therefore we always try to fill empty seats. This is why we provide you with two payment options when booking (one for a group of 4/5 persons and one for a group of 1-3 persons).

You can book as a group of 1-3 persons and we would fill the extra seat ourselves – This is a shared helicopter experience. Or you could book as a group of 4/5 persons and have the helicopter to yourselves – This is a private helicopter experience. Alternatively, if you were a group of 1-3 wanting a private helicopter; you could pay for a private helicopter (4/5 persons) at the reduced per person rate and then fill the seat last minute or we will send up a Val Heliski staff member as an added benefit to your group.

Further details have been outlined below:

• Heliskiing requires full groups ( 4 or 5 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly

• Reverse Heliskiing requires full groups ( 4 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly.

• It is possible to book as an incomplete group ( 1 to 3 persons ) although you will have to pay for the empty seats. Look at individual package details to see which packages can be booked by incomplete groups and the respective prices.

• The Deluxe heliskiing packages are for a minimum of 3 persons and a maximum of 5.

• It is prudent to book as a full group of 4 or 5 persons to avoid compromising on ability level and enjoy a private experience

• 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 to find like-minded people to go with

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices

 


Our Heliskiing Areas

VALGRISENCHE Open 20th December to 5th May, the microclimate in the local area and low temperates during winter and spring keep the snow powdery for longer amongst the regions 8kms worth of descents. More than 113 square km of terrain with over 20 landing sites – altitudes ranging from 1530m to 3751m and an average vertical drop of 1300-1800m.  Intermediate and advanced terrain, suitable for skiers and snowboarders, with plenty of tree runs. It is accessible from our French-serviced resorts of Espace Killy, 3 Vallees and surrounding area either by minibus or own transport to La Rosiere; with a ski over to the Italian border (minimum two descents required) or helicopter transfers, either one way or return, direct from your resort heliport or our private VHS heli landing spot. By far the quickest and most enjoyable way of accessing this terrain is by helicopter transfer. Valgrisenche is a popular choice for our 2 heli-drop day package.

COURMAYEUR Open 20th December to 5th May, with slopes on the South side of Mt. Blanc, this is an expansive area with terrain to suit all abilities, simply stunning scenery and views over Mt. Blanc and her glaciers and a fantastic mountain restaurant which we ski-doo you into and out of. With around 7 different drop zones up to around 3800m high and multiple descents ranging from 1000m to 2500m of vertical descent, the variety of terrain is huge. Suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels and accessible from our resorts, in France, by either minibus or helicopter transfer with no minimum number of drops required.

COL DE PETIT ST BERNARD Open around the 10th January to May, this is the closest Heliski area to our French resorts and easily accessed by minibus as well as helicopter transfer options available straight from your resort. Our more entry level Heliski area suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels and used for “My First Heliski / Board” package. Mainly wide open bowls, rather than trees or couloirs, although some traversing is often required – so competent off piste is still a pre-requisite. We do have some steep, hidden-gem descents considered suitable for advanced ability only, with colouirs and steeps for the so inclined.


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The Three A’s

ABILITY:

Val Heliski tailor their trips to the ability of the least experienced in the group, with trips organised for first timers all the way up to the highly experienced. You will always have one of our certified guides with you, who will make sure you are never out of your depth. If you want to guarantee who you heli with and their ability then come as a private complete group of 4/5 people. If you are a smaller group than that or on your own, we have plenty of packages suitable, for shared helicopter group bookings of between 1-3 persons.

ACCESSIBILITY:

We operate from the following resorts: Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, La Thuile, Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens.

We are on the door step for all Europeans wanting to try heliskiing – no need to deal with all the complexities of flying to Canada.

AFFORDABILITY:

We offer heliski day trips from €299 euros per person and reverse heliski day trips from €245 euros per person and heli sceneic tours and backcountry excursions from 99€ per person