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.
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”
Val Heliski focuses solely on providing backcountry skiing / snowboarding adventures (with or without the aid of a helicopter) and all types of heliskiing / heliboarding, reverse heliskiing, multi day packages (with or without accommodation), helicopter airport transfers and heli scenic tours for guests staying in the Tarentaise area of the French Alps (including the 3 Vallees, Espace Killy, St Foy and Paradiski), landing in both France and neighbouring Italy, often skiing back into France.
Have a look at our Glossary for commonly used words that you may have not come across.
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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