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FROSTGUN invitational 2014 (February 12th – 14th 2014 & February 26th – 28th 2014 @ Val d’Isere, France)

Val Heliski are the No 1 heliski specialists in France and we are delighted to be the soul provider of heliskiing at an event as high profile as the FROSTGUN invitational.

At Val Heliski, we want as many people to experience heliskiing as possible so for all you Danish students coming to the event, we have created an exclusive package just for you. It will be the perfect buy generic propecia usa opportunity to share what will undoubtedly be the best experience of your life with your friends.

Click here to see our exclusive heliski offer we have for all Danish students.

With world class riders, World famous DJs, and with the added adrenalin rush of heliskiing, the prospect of this years FROSTGUN invitational is certainly an exciting one!

Don’t forget to check out the promo video: http://vimeo.com/72335506

Hopefully see you all in Val d’isere!


Snow Report

When will the conditions be the best for heliskiing?

This week, the answer to the question we are always fielding here at VHS is simple:

The middle of the week is looking good, my friends. The sun will be shining in the Aosta Valley on Wednesday, lighting the way for our helicopters to land at the summit of some of the best backcountry skiing in Europe at the moment. Clear skies will return this weekend after a dusting or two maintains the excellent conditions our clients have been experiencing. Contact us today to reserve your spot one of our exclusive trips tailored to your ambition and ability level!

Flurries are predicted in Les 3 Vallees today, with the skies clearing up tomorrow and looking to stay buy generic propecia online that way until Friday, when the precipitation is set to return. It’s an ideal setup for this week’s Dynafit Ski Touring race, a regular event starting in the Le Praz area of Courchevel each Wednesday. If you’re a fan of this type of skiing, be sure to check out the Subaru Biathlon Challenge, wrapping up in Meribel tonight.

On the other side of the snowsport spectrum lies an entirely different activity: airboarding. In Val D’Isere, curious participants can experiment with this gravity-defying, snowtube-esque sledge under the lights each week on the Savonette piste. Get out there and give it a go! Who knows? Maybe we’ll be featuring heli-airboarding as our latest package! (wink)

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photo courtesy of valdinet.com

 


Splitboarding Course Shout Out

Val Heliski is offering two 5-day splitboarding courses this spring, both taught by James Stentiford, the “unquestionably most skilled and experienced backcountry snowboarder the UK has ever produced” (Ed Leigh).

Boardsource.com describes the courses as a perfect option for adventurists with disposable income who want to heighten their skills and increase their knowledge of  splitboarding, buy generic propecia online skinning, and everything backcountry. Check out the link to the full article, published this week and complete with photos!

For more information about the JAMES STENTIFORD SPLITBOARD FREE RIDE COURSE (24th – 28th March 2014) and the JAMES STENTIFORD SPLITBOARD EXPLORER COURSE (7th – 11th April 2014), including price lists, please visit our page: http://valheliski.com/packages/#camps.

 


Snow Report: Bring Down the Pow!

It’s dumping snow in the Espace Killy as we speak, as witnessed from Tignes:

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Much to the delight of skiers and snowboarders throughout the Tarantaise, we’ve had several snow events this week that have boosted overall coverage and helped the snowpack. France is catching up to Italy!

The snow is very welcome in Sainte Foy, where the resort is preparing for Saturday’s Freeride World Qualifier, an event sponsored by Evolution 2. The race will purchase propecia online allow Level 2 racers the opportunity to establish themselves and possibly qualify for Level 3 and 4 events, depending on their race results.

Speaking of Evolution 2, Val Heliski had an epic party with them last night to celebrate our partnership with the outdoor adventure company. We will be functioning as Evo2’s arm for all things heli and are looking forward to a great season, full of extreme skiing and boarding!


Snow Report

Rumor has it that there might be snow in Les 3 Vallees this week! Temperatures are dropping, which means it should feel a little more like January and a little less like March in the Savoie region. We’ll see if Mother Nature can come through as promised! It’s currently clouding over in L’Espace Killy, so we could be sacrificing the bluebird days for flakes very soon. France needs to catch up with the conditions in the Aosta Valley; our Italian compadres are enjoying order propecia us lots of fluffy pow and epic skiing that they don’t want to share.

In the meantime, the VHS staff is preparing to share our partnership with Evolution 2 with the rest of the companies we work with. We are the heliski arm of the outdoor adventure company, and we want to celebrate! So look forward to some photos, tweets, and statuses from our invite-only event (in a wilderness yurt, no less) this week!

 

Bye bye bluebird, hello snow? We’re okay with that!

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Heliskiing IS for you!

One of the common misconceptions about heliskiing is that it’s an activity that requires a master level of ability. However, many of our clients are regular skiers and boarders who are eager and confident! Some off-piste instruction prior to your heliski day will help you make the most of the exceptional conditions in Italy (which are contrary to the somewhat generic propecia usa stark off-piste offerings in France at the moment). You CAN do really amazing things with the terrain we ski, which is accessible for a variety of ability levels.

Need more proof? Check out our clients’ heliski day last week…one of the first of the season!



Snow Report

Sun, sun…and more sun on the horizon as the Saint-Bon-Tarentaise area expects dry air and relative warmth for the rest of the week–at least compared to the US, where temperatures recently dipped below -20°C in some areas. CNN reported on the health and travel hazards this cold front posed, noting that Arctic temperatures and snow made appearances throughout most of the country.

Here in the Alps, however, we may be a little jealous (of the snow, not the cold). While the heliski areas are in great shape, the resorts could use more of the white stuff, especially in off-piste areas. There’s the possibility of a snow shower in L’Espace Killy on Sunday night, which could turn to rain as the temperatures stay between -5°C and zero on Monday. Les Trois Vallees need the cold to blow over from the States so that next week’s precipitation can bring us some fresh pow!

We simply can’t say it enough: the conditions over in Italy are far superior to those in France, with exclusively accessible heliski terrain that generic propecia in usa can’t be beat. Heliskiing is really the only way to go if you want to experience the best snow of your ski holiday and avoid the queues and spring-like snow that’s plaguing many resorts at the moment. You know where to find us!

What’s going on around the Savoie region this weekend? Over in Sainte Foy, the Wild Ride Cup is kicking off on Sunday, 12 January. Sponsored by our partners, Evolution 2, the Cup will feature a test tour on “a varied playground with 2000m downhill.”

Tonight, you can find a night carnival in Val d’Isere from 6pm; complete with ice sculptures, fire displays, and live music. In Meribel, Jack’s Bar is full of fun (as always) with the usual apres-ski. Check out the stand-up comedy tonight! Courchevel continues with its weekly tradition of night skiing on Verdons, so if you missed it this week, be sure to make it there next Wednesday. You get an idea of the ambience of the event from this photo…see you on the slopes at night!

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Snow Report

The week is looking beautiful for both Les Trois Vallees and L’Espace Killy, with temperatures ranging from 0-10 and low wind gusts for the next few days. The conditions have been spring-like on the piste, and fun is aplenty in the powder! As we’ve been reiterating: heliskiing is accessible–and safe. We’ve had helicopters departing the 3 Vallees for a week. Our clients are enjoying the exclusive, excellent skiing and we are looking forward to another jam-packed week of heliskiing.

According to MeteoFrance, some precipitation is likely in the 3 Vallees on the 10th, so we’ll keep an eye out for that and update you later in the week. Likewise, generic propecia uk Tignes is set to get some snow in about 8 days, so keep your eyes peeled for those flakes and enjoy the bluebird days while they’re here.

Are you looking for a heli group to join? We might have a match for you! In the next few days, we have a spare seat worth €1,200 that we’re looking to fill. If you might be interested in the trip departing from Tignes, let us know! Send us an email or visit us during our apres-ski nights, including at Kudeta in Courchevel this evening.

 

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Special Heliski Snow Report Update

Like we mentioned, we are aware of the potentially unstable snowpack and dangerous conditions affecting off-piste skiing that are being reported in the media. The base is still thin down to about 1600m, with the recent snowfall covering boulders and providing fresh cover in the majority of the ski areas in France.

In Valgrisenche, we have skied in excellent deep powder all week. The snow line is beautiful and our clients (and employees!) have made fresh tracks in top-notch conditions on all of our trips. The glaciers allow us to take long, uninterrupted runs, and there’s plenty of room for our helis to pick us up at the end of a ski-filled day! At the moment, our descents are measuring around 1800 vertical metres, and those are sure to increase with the snowfall we’re currently receiving.

Early next week, some of the VHS staff are flying to one of our other heliski areas, Courmeyeur, to get a first-hand look at the conditions and assess the stability of the snow. Our plan is to start taking trips to Courmeyeur next week, with the hope generic propecia no prescription that the snowpack will be more stable due to more snow, since this area is considerably more steep than Valgrisenche. If our high standards are met, we can’t wait to get our clients out there!

To get a visual of what the conditions are like, check out photographer Louisa Russell’s images from a heliski trip with Val Heliski clients last week: http://www.louisathruthelens.com/val-heli-ski.html. This is one of her photos, featuring a VHS client enjoying the perfect conditions in Valgrisenche:

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In the meantime, we’re prudently selecting our heliski areas according to the highest safety standards, and we require our clients to wear fully equipped ABS packs, complete with a transceiver, probe, and shovel. Experience tells us which slopes are the most stable for the appropriate weather, and we are sticking to descents with a low gradient for the time being. The moderate temperatures have been lovely to ski in, and the abundance of light, fluffy powder is amazing. Next week is set to be an epic heliski week when we have two areas open for business. Stay tuned for more updates as the week progresses!