Is it safe to heliski now?

A very relevant question at the moment, especially with the recent increase in focus on skiing accidents in the media in the Savoie region of France.

However, we’ve been safely taking our clients up to Valgrisenche to heliski all week since the areas opened on Monday. We stick to low-gradient descents, which allow us to take full advantage of the gorgeous, plentiful powder–including a fresh 40cm yesterday and more to come over the weekend!

This, generic propecia coupled with the relative stability of the snowpack in Valgrisenche, makes it our preferred area for extreme skiing over France and other parts of Italy. The anticipated snowfall over the next few days will help stabilize the snowpack further and will result in a lower avalanche risk as the season goes on.

We plan on enjoying the extraordinary skiing conditions and won’t be putting a stop to heliskiing any time soon!


Snow Report: It’s Snowing!

We’re seeing snow for the second day in a row! It’s dumping in Les 3 Vallees today, and more snow is expected Saturday night and Sunday. Temperatures are hovering just above zero for the next few days at the summits, with Sunday looking to be the coldest as lows could reach -15. This is great news for resorts, as the base will see an increase with multiple days of snow.

Over in L’Espace Killy, buy cheap propecia 1mg  the five-day forecast calls for a 100% chance of white stuff on Saturday, which will leave the pistes in good shape post-holiday rush. It’s still a good idea to exercise caution when going off-piste, but those tree runs and out-of-bounds areas will also be better off after this snowy weekend.

Keep checking our website and social media for more updates! And here’s a taste of what we’ve been up to all week:IMG_3351

 


Snow Report: Perfect Heli Day!

The conditions were ideal for our heliski trips that went up today–check out that bluebird background!

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The snow was carefully assessed yesterday for risk of avalanche due to the recent heavy snowfall in the Savoie; the results led to an epic heli day with our clients and staff. More buy propecia snow is expected later in the week. If you’re going off-piste, exercise caution as the unstable snowpack has led to several incidents in L’Espace Killy and Les Trois Vallees in recent days. And don’t forget–book with us for the most memorable adventure of your holiday!

 

 


Whiteout in Les 3 Vallees

Those powdery conditions we love so much have returned: yesterday the snow was bucketing down and the visibility was low, but that didn’t stop the VHS team from getting out there. The sun is back today, so start the weekend off right with some skiing and boarding!whiteout


Snow Report

If you celebrated the holiday by hitting the slopes yesterday, you might have spotted a few flakes at the summit. Thankfully, Christmas is lasting a little longer this year—snow is dumping on Les 3 Vallees and L’Espace Killy, with 28cm of fresh powder expected in both areas by the end of the day today.

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The slopes were barely visible early this morning as we welcomed the first big snowfall in weeks.

 

The forecast looks like the weather will clear up tomorrow, with snow showers scattered over the next few days into early next week. This will help with the thin snowcover that has plagued well-traveled routes with a gravelly base and has left boulders uncovered off of the piste. Off-piste conditions should be improving generic valtrex with the steady snowfall, meaning more terrain will open up to accommodate the holiday crowds that have settled into resorts for the next two weeks. Be sure to book your off-piste guide with us for a brush-up day spent tackling those enticing runs!

Looking to add some variety to your ski holiday? Courchevel offers floodlit night skiing each Wednesday, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to ski under the stars! At last night’s kickoff, the resort proved why it has enjoyed a reputation as the “St. Tropez of winter sports.” Fireworks, a DJ, and many smartly-dressed resort-goers made for a spectacular Christmas evening.

Merry Christmas from the team at VHS! We hope you enjoy your powdery weekend!


Snow Report

23 December 2013

Ready, set, heli! The conditions have been ideal for heliskiing in Les Trois Vallees over the weekend, with the altiports buzzing with activity on a very sunny Saturday following much-anticipated snowfall late last week.

IMG_3051Snowfall made for low visibility on Friday as the Courchevel area was hit with snowfall, for which many were grateful!

The sun will stay out in L’Espace Killy and Les Trois Vallees for the beginning of the week, and on Christmas we’re expected to get a nice gift of snow! Until that next dusting, be sure to look out for ice and loose granular building up on the pistes, especially on the north-facing side of the mountains. Before you hit the slopes today, check out the spectacular views from the summit cam in Meribel this morning for a peek at what it’s looking like up there.

With Sainte Foy just opening and the other resorts expanding their accessibility, there are more off-piste options and routes for avoiding the growing crowds well. We’re still enjoying the pleasantly warm temperatures across the region, which will drop from a high of 6 degrees to highs of 2 degrees and below as the week goes on—perfect for fresh snow.

If you just can’t seem to peel yourself away from the slopes to shop for the holiday, never fear! Why not take the plunge and get your loved one an unforgettable heliski experience? It’s perfect for the adventurer or devoted skier in your life. Trust us–it will be a gift they won’t soon forget.

Merry Christmas!


Heli Skiing into the New Year: From Silver Swan Recruitment

Check out this blog post from Silver Swan Recruitment!

Val Heliski gets a shout-out and readers receive even more wonderful reasons why heliskiing should be on your must-do list this winter.

While you’re preparing for your heli adventure, get out there and enjoy the fresh dusting of snow that covered Les Trois Vallees yesterday!


Snow Report

19 December 2013

Snow is in the air!

IMG_3024All eyes (especially ours) were on the weather forecasts last night. MeteoFrance gave spirits in the Three Valleys a boost with its high chances of precipitation, and it’s currently coming down softly–much to the delight of resort-goers.

L’Espace Killy is slated to get a dusting this afternoon and tomorrow, and it looks like we might get a few flakes on Christmas!

The skiing conditions are still spring-like at the moment, so to find those coveted piles of powder, keep to the less-traveled paths and areas where the snow guns are blasting. It’s a pleasant journey across Les 3 Valleees, particularly from Courchevel to Meribel and vice versa.

With nearly all resorts in the Tarentaise open and working into full swing, there are no more buy propecia usa excuses to stay home and avoid the slopes. Sainte Foy’s opening and FREE ski and ride day is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 20th December, an event appropriately coinciding with the arrival of snow! All skiers and boarders will receive a free lift pass for Sainte Foy, a deal that’s tough to beat. For more info, check out: http://www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com/english/discovery-day/

In Meribel, Ibiza Rocks the Snow continues for the next few days, so don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an entertaining spectacle. If your’e in Val d’Isere, you can catch the women of the Criterium de la Premier Neige this weekend: the top competitors in Super G and slalom will bring their game to these World Cup alpine races. Most importantly, get out on the slopes!


Snow Report

16 December 2013

We’re off to another bright and sunny week in the Espace Killy and Les 3 Vallees!

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The forecast for both areas looks clear through Wednesday, and (dare we say it?) the update later this week just might include snow. Wouldn’t we like to keep the best of both worlds: balmy, sunsoaked temperatures (just above zero at the summit and around 10 degrees down below) AND some nice, fluffy snow?

In the meantime, Courchevel has begun to open the lower portions of the resort, meaning that there’s still some untouched snow left on 1650 pistes. If you squint hard enough, you can even spot some decent places to sneak off-piste amidst the sunshine. For a live glimpse into what’s going on in Les 3 Vallees, check out the live cam on Val Thorens.

These new openings, order propecia 5mg accompanied by the FIS Men’s Alpine Ski World Cup in Val D’Isere, Women’s World Cup in Courchevel, and Ibiza Rocks the Snow in Meribel (just to name a few) all happening this week, indicate that there is plenty of activity going on in resorts across the Tarentaise as the winter mindset sinks in. With Christmas less than 10 days away, think of how you can make this season memorable: by giving your loved one the gift of a lifetime with one of our heliski, reverse heliski, Mickey’s Ears half day experience, or off-piste guiding packages. As the season is just beginning, now is the time to make your reservations. Visit our heliski packages page today for descriptions and price lists and take the leap—we’ll see you in the skies!


What’s there in Val D’Isere?: An Update

At press time there is plenty to say for what’s going in the Isere Valley: the weather has been frankly gorgeous for the past few days, holiday makers are starting to flock in, and there is a buzz of excitement for the potential of the season ahead.

 

However, though the weather has been incontestably warm and bluebird throughout the daytime, the quantity of snow is to be desired upon. Since the main dump we had a couple weeks ago, people have capitalised on the chance to make fresh tracks mainly in Tignes, but since then what was fresh pow has become a crusty frozen layer. Those with 105mm underfoot skis are best off holding out until we have more snow. You can hopefully expect to see snow by mid-next week, however rumours have been floating around that it could even be as late as January that the next big dump arrives. Forecast for the steep and deep are looking a little bleak, but meanwhile we can enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

6-day forecasts are sunny and hot, so if piste skiing and a few genepés at lunch is your bag you are most definitely in luck. The emptiness of the slopes is also in your favour, so make the most of it before we are joined by the world and his dog. For those order propecia uk with Espace Killy passes, take advantage of the sun by starting off on the Tignes side (Glacier and Les Lanches areas are nice in the am) or for Val d’Isere the pistes above Solaise near Leissieres (the up-and-over). Come the afternoon, it’s best to avoid Val Claret, as its cold in the shade and queue lifts start to build up fast as everyone starts seeking the sun. Stick instead to the VD glacier or the pistes running down from Marmottes.

 

In other news the social scene is buzzing (and has been for the past few weeks) with a quality event going on every night without fail. Dicks Tea Bar and Chalet Doudoune have been leading the way with seasonnaire parties, numerous themes, and packed venues…all finished far past bedtime. If you’re planning on coming out to party, you wont be disappointed. Casual drinks out have also been buzzing, with Saloon Bar and Le Petit Danois proving great music and a buzzing atmosphere (for après) highly recommend.

 

Overall, partying and piste skiing could not be better, but the freeriders amongst us, keep posted. Not long to go for snow!

–M