The Backcountry Specialist – We are not a ski school but independent Backcountry Specialists – a dedicated off piste and heli operator and hence this is our area of expertise.
A corporate attitude to business – We take heliskiing and backcountry very seriously! The company’s founders are both from a corporate background and believe in providing the same full and efficient service their corporate clients expected from them back in London. Embracing the international element of the product and location by using French and English VHS ground staff, local Italian guides / pilots and French ski instructors.
Val Heli Lodge – We have our own VHS private heli landing zone outside of our VHS Heli Lodge in France (between La Rosiere and St Foy ski resorts) to allow us to access the deepest backcountry easily as well as helicopter out of dead ends back to our landing zone, allowing us access to so much more terrain than is available if you needed to ski back to a road in France to get home (not to mention how crowded those runs get). It also creates a Canadian Heli Lodge style experience unique in France.
Products unique to VHS – Many of our products are totally unique to VHS including our multi buy propecia price resort reverse heliskiing in France, our heli scenic tours with guided (piste and off piste) ski home and we are currently the only operator offering such a large choice of heliski areas meaning we are best placed to find powder.
Nothing left for you to do – We provide an all inclusive door-to-door service so there is no need to organise lift passes, taxis, lunches, etc. The only thing you need to think about is the heliskiing. All groups are provided with Go Pro video cameras and given chance to invite friends and family to our après ski bar to see the footage of your day on the big screen at the end of your day.
Safety – We have the upmost consideration for your safety and do the following to ensure this:
Only use the most experienced UIAGM guides (they have all grown up in the area so are experts in the local surroundings)
Only the most sophisticated safety equipment is used
We dedicate 30 minutes to avalanche training, including transceiver use at the beginning of your Heliski day
Our helicopters are chosen for their fantastic manoeuvrability and safety record in the mountains
Our heli preparation course includes extra training in using the safety equipment as well as technique pointers
Here are some commonly used words / phrases that you may not’ve come across:
Heli pick-up – When a helicopter collects you, be it from a remote, backcountry location or a helipad
Heli drop-zone – An area where the helicopter lands to allow you to start a descent. This is usually on a summit on a wide, flat area of snow
Heli take-off zone – We have three take-off zones just inside the Italian border. These are private helipads where the heliskiing days begin from, if you’re not utilising a heli-transfer from your home resort
Heli transfer – Transport, in a helicopter, from one destination to another. We offer helicopter-transfers from your home resort to the heli drop-zone to save valuable time and energy
Backcountry – Area of a ski resort that is un-pisted and un-marked. There’s a variety of terrain and snow conditions in these areas
Reverse Heliskiing – Using a resort’s ski lifts, and hiking, to ski / snowboard to terrain otherwise inaccessible without a helicopter. From that point a helicopter will pick you up and take you back to resort. Reverse Heliskiing is totally legal in France so accessible from your doorstep
BackcountryExperiences – Packages we offer, without a helicopter element, that allow you to explore the backcountry of multiple resorts in the Tarentiase area, lead by a guide or instructor
VHS Ski Test Centre – We’ve teamed up with Salomon and Liberty skis to bring you our Val Heliski powder ski test centre. The perfect way to experience powder skis, if you do not have your own. Available on all our packages
ABSpack – A backpack with inflatable airbags inside, activated by a pull-cord, buy propecia cheap online used to keep you at the surface of an avalanche
Transceiver – A device that transmits and detects a certain radio frequency, used for finding people buried under snow
UIAGM Mountain Guide – International Federation Of Mountain Guide Assisstants, known as it’s French (UIAGM) and english (IFMGA) abbreviations. We use highly-experienced, local Italian UIAGM guides for our heliskiing packages
The Tarentaise – A valley in the heart of the French Alps that encompasses all of the resorts we operate in including; Espace Killy, Paradiski, Three Valleys, Ste Foy, La Rosiere and more
Couloirs – French word meaning “passage” it is a steep, narrow gully that’s exhilarating to ski or snowboard down
Deep powder – the classic, cold, winter “champagne” snow (it shimmers in the cold air like champagne bubbles) that skiers and snowboarders love the most
Velvet spring snow – when conditions get warmer, untouched, smooth snow turns into lovely, spring snow. It’s slightly denser than powder, but just as fun to ski or snowboard through
Crust – this kind of snow forms on top of the powder, or spring snow. It can be amazingly good fun
Traverses – we often have to get from one side of the slope to the other, so we’d expect that all our snowboard and ski guests can safely traverse a slope without losing too much height
Steeps – very occasionally we might encounter a steeper slope than you’re perhaps used to skiing. We’ll help you down
Flats – some routes have flatter spots. But as you’re poling or one-footing across, take in the views – you’re alone with your group in a spectacularly wild part of the world. Enjoy it.
Want to decide if heliskiing is for you? Do you like the following…
Guaranteed fresh tracks?
Getting away from crowded pistes and skiing or snowboarding on pristine, virgin powder?
Not standing in long lift queues?
Cruising along in the stunning, untouched Alps where there’s a high chance of spotting Marmots, Ibexes, the Royal Eagle, Black Grouse, the Great Horned Owl, the Tridactyl Woodpecker, the Blue Thistle, Linnaea Borealis or Snow Foxes, Snow Hares, the Piedmont Primrose, and even Chamois?
Having the chance to photograph the backcountry scenery: mountains as they’ve looked for millions of years?
Riding in a helicopter over untouched valleys, cliffs, forests and mountain tops much like the opening credits of the BBC’s Planet Earth?
Having a picnic consisting of locally-sourced cheeses, breads, meats and wines, in the middle of valleys that turn into cow pastures in the summer?
Sharing the day with like-minded skiers and snowboarders all intent on getting fresh tracks and having fun?
Finishing the day with a mini celebration, and getting ready to carry on in one of the nearby world-class ski resorts?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to most of the above, you’re ready to come heliskiing with us at Val Heliski. If you answered ‘no’, then you should come anyway and we’ll try and change your mind! The cheese selection is out-of-this-world.
The slopes are not colour-coded like in a resort, so you’ll have to discuss with your guide what level of steepness you’re comfortable with (please also note that powder skiing usually requires slightly steeper slopes as the snow is slower than pisted slopes). Off-piste descents are not monitored, controlled or maintained. To some this may seem like a disadvantage, but the flipside is that when slopes are left in their natural state, your skis or snowboard sink in, creating the rush of gliding over virgin, untouched snow. It’s the best kind of skiing and snowboarding there is.
To get the most out of your heliskiing day, we would suggest that you should be comfortable with skiing or snowboarding in powder snow and able to cope with a variety of snow conditions (see our “Packages Pages” for an ability level calculator). If you’ve never been in powder; we run heli preparation days with a Val Heliski guide or instructor. Alternatively, if you’re in resort, and it’s snowing, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to experience powder snow skiing or snowboarding. If you can master this, then all the other snow conditions are normally much easier. Over the course of the season, we often encounter the following snow conditions / terrain and advise you are competent on all types before heliskiing / boarding:
Deep powder – the classic, cold, winter “champagne” snow (it shimmers in the cold air like champagne bubbles) that skiers and snowboarders love the most.
Velvet spring snow – when conditions get warmer, untouched, smooth snow turns into lovely, spring snow. It’s slightly denser than powder, but just as fun to ski or snowboard through.
Crust – this kind of snow forms on top of the powder, or spring snow. It can be amazingly good fun.
Traverses – we often have to get from one side of the slope to the other, so we’d expect that all our snowboard and ski guests can safely traverse a slope without losing too much height.
Steeps – very occasionally we might encounter a steeper slope than you’re perhaps used to skiing. We’ll help you down.
Flats – some routes have flatter spots. But as you’re poling or one-footing across, take in the views – you’re alone with your group in a spectacularly wild part of the world. Enjoy it.
There are, of course, many more types of snow, and our guides can advise what your day is likely to encounter. But the rule of thumb is: if you can ski or snowboard on powder, you’ll be fine with everything else!
Look at our Ability Level Calculator below for a better idea of your off-piste ability level.
It’s true that its not the cheapest day out you’ll ever go on, but from €299 per person for one drop (with some of our packages starting at as little as €99 per person) it’s an unforgettable day in a stunning, empty mountain location. It transports you back to a time when skiing was in its infancy, and you’ll be able to effortlessly glide through incredible snow. We believe that the price is within many skier and snowboarder’s means, and we see our heliskiing days as a fantastic rare treat. A day that you’ll always remember.
If you’re worried that you’ll slow up the group, or you’ll be unable to keep up with the pace, then please rest assured that our guides will tailor the day to your preference: it’s not a race to the bottom, generic propecia online it’s all about having fun in a beautiful environment. So whether you want to ski the easier terrains or do the more extreme routes, we’ve got every kind of skiing and snowboarding on our doorstep.
Lastly, many people still believe that heliskiing involves jumping out of a helicopter. We promise you, it doesn’t. Getting into and out of the helicopter is no more difficult than getting in and out of a large, family car. You won’t have to jump anywhere, you’ll simply be stepping out of this beautiful, wondrous machine; onto a wide, flat area near the summit of a perfectly-skiable mountain slope. Please read our FAQ page for more info, or have a look at our videos to see how this works in action
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.
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 buy propecia australia 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).
We use ski lifts to reach the summit of resort, then ski backcountry to a point otherwise inaccessible without a helicopter. From there you will be picked up and taken to your home resort, or onto another Reverse order propecia online no prescription Heliskiing location. In addition to the adrenaline buzz and unsurpassed scenery experienced during a helicopter ride, the beauty of heli-transport is the speed we can travel; allowing you to ski up to four resorts in a single day, reaching up to 3000 vertical meters in one descent, in good snow years!
If you’d like to read more on our Reverse Heliskiing packages you can do so here.
Multiple-Resort Reverse Heliskiing is totally unique to Val Heliski. Legal in France, so accessible from your doorstep, it’s the perfect way to combine helicopters, skiing / snowboarding and huge vertical meterage without bearing the brunt of full heliski day prices.
We can operate these packages on and off the pistes of the following resorts: Val D’Isere, Tignes, St Foy, Paradiski, La Thuile and La Rosiere. The resorts chosen will depend on: the groups preferences, the resorts with the best snow conditions and the ability level of the group. We aim to start the day where possible from the group’s home resort.
COURSE OVERVIEW: A true backcountry adventure on skis or snowboard. After a 20-45 minute steady climb you will experience a huge variety of terrain otherwise inaccessible without a helicopter. All snow conditions likely – a real technique challenger. Ski or snowboard the classic North-facing Mickey’s Ears couloirs, across the Toviere pass, down through one of the couloirs into the Bois de La Laye and finally meandering through the forest to the Lac de Chevril (over 1/2 mile of vertical piste). The renowned route offers an off-the-beaten-track experience to off-piste enthusiasts and an opportunity to develop off-piste skills without having to bear the brunt of full heli-day prices. This package now includes: free use of our ABS packs (usually €29), free copy of edited GoPro footage of your day (usually€39), and free use of our Salomon / Liberty ski test center (usually €25).
Skiing the top section of Mickey’s Ears down a couloir into an open bowl before descending into trees
9:15 AM: Meet with your instructor at the top of the Toviere lift which departs right from the centre of Tignes Le Lac, taking you up to 2704m.
10:15 AM: You will then go for a warm up ski/snowboard down around the Toviere summit off-piste runs, the guide will assessing your off-piste ski ability to ensure a safe descent and warm the legs up for the main descent.
11:15 AM: A short (20-40 minute) hike will lead you to the top of the Mickey’s Ears run, from which you will enjoy a variety of couloirs that cater for a wide range of ability levels from advanced to expert skiers, including a range of steeps. narrow and open expanses during your descent. An exhilarating tree run will then be tackled giving a brilliant descent down to Lac de Chevril.
12:30 PM: Participants finish the run at Lac de Chevril, from which they will be picked up by helicopter and taken back to resort.
For this Reverse Heliskiing package we meet at the top of the Toviere lift between Tignes and Val d’Isere (see map above). It is up to you to get to that area, naturally you will have to use a lift-pass to do so. If you are staying in the Espace Killy and have a lift pass for that area there should be no issue, if you don’t have a lift pass for that area a VHS team member can purchase one for you, on your request.
Package available from the resorts of: Tignes, Val d’Isere.
Below are the transfer options to access the bottom of the Toviere lift.
Transfer Options to Access the Meeting Point
Your own transport
VHS minibus transfer
Transceiver; shovel and probe
Half-day with instructor
A heli pick-up
Edited GoPro footage of your day
Use of our Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis
Use of our radio communications for safety and instruction
60 minute warm-down sports massage
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According to best order propecia online 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: €60 pp based on a private group of 4.
Val Heliski Sweeper Service (Private heli trips only)
– Prices are based on a full helicopter of 4 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 €30 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.
– 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.
Val Heliski have partnered up with Salomon and Liberty skis to bring you our ski-test-centre, an optional extra (at only €25pp) for all of our ski packages, our way of providing you with backcountry skis, fit for novice heliskiers all the way up to powder-chargers. Our skis are from 157 to 187cm in length and available for men and women.
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