In true celebration style, we had a group of heliskiiers go up on St. Patrick’s Day, which was just this past Monday. The conditions in the Col de Petit St. Bernard were spring-like, which made for sunny, pleasant descents. The snow was easy to ski and the shady couloirs were a relief during the unusually hot temperatures we experienced. According to the mountain guide and pilot, it was an astonishing 10 degrees at 4,000 meters!

IMG_3841Our guide lays out the skis after the helicopter departs, leaving the group atop an Italian peak just over the border from France.

More snow is expected this weekend, and the Aosta Valley is looking to get upwards of 5 inches of snow up high. The replenishing of snow will make heliskiing that much better with a dusting of powder on a base that has been well-developed all season. We’re forecasting temps above freezing with minimal wind and plenty of sun for the rest of the week–prime heliskiing conditions!

Post-helisking, Val Heliski hosted the Dragon Alliance on Monday night at a secluded mountain refuge. The guests hiked up after a jam-packed day of splitboarding around Sainte Foy, one of our favorite resorts in the Tarentaise. Our staff welcomed the group with a filling dinner, wine, and good company during their overnight stay in the refurnished refuge. When they departed the next morning, the smiling faces were endless. Bon voyage!