In April 1965, an Austrian skier and mountaineer named Hans Gmoser had an idea. The best kind of idea in fact. One which allowed him to ski lots of lovely, deep, powder snow.
Val Heliski’s USP is focused on solely on providing backcountry snowboarding and skiing adventures, with or without the aid of a helicopter. We truely are the backcountry specialists in the region and are the heli-skiing company exclusively used by most travel companies and all high-end chalets in the Tarentaise Valley, such as Scott Dunn. We have conducted heli-skiing itineraries, sometimes including an overnight stay in our heli lodges, for organizations such as Dragon Alliance, Ski Club of Great Britain, and Bentley. Please find the film Bentley made when they heliskied with us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLSXROnQbl8History of Heliski
Hans began using helicopters to transport skiers (there weren’t any snowboarders back then!) into the otherwise-inaccessible Bugaboo Mountains in Canada. Heliskiing – as it became known – was born. Heliskiing spread across the globe and is now available in some parts of Europe (largely just Italy and Switzerland). Heliskiing was banned in France in 1985 by President Mitterand for socialist and environmental reasons however it is widely carried out just across the French Alps into Italy. It is also totally legal to offer some kinds of heli related skiing in France including “Reverse Heliskiing”
IT’S THE ULTIMATE SKI AND SNOWBOARD EXPERIENCE
Wondering if heliskiing is for you? Try our quick test to find out.
WHAT A TYPICAL HELISKI DAY LOOKS LIKE
People often ask us what a typical day heliskiing looks like, Therefore we have created a “Day in the life” of an average trip with us.
ANYONE CAN DO IT
Many people believe that heliskiing is only for expert skiers, pro snowboarders, or the very rich. At Val Heliski, our aim is to show that heliskiing is totally achievable for a much wider audience. We believe that if you can get down an intermediate level ski run and can cope with some powder, then there will always be a fantastic heliskiing day out perfect for you and Here’s why.
WHAT OFF-PISTE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING ENTAILS
Off-piste skiing and snowboarding means gliding over the un-groomed or un-pisted slopes that are outside of a ski resort’s boundaries. Take a look at the types of terrain and snow conditions we often encounter during our season.
REASONS TO DO IT WITH VAL HELISKI
We are not a ski school but a dedicated off-piste and heliski operator and hence this is our specialty. We have the upmost consideration for your safety – See some of the measures we take to ensure we are top of our game or head over to the “Why Us” page for more details.
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