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Price Breakdown – Multi-Day Packages

Prices / Group Sizes For Multi-Day Packages:

• These packages are for groups of 1 to 5 persons

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices


Price Breakdown – Heli-Scenic Tours and Airport Transfers

Prices / Group Sizes For Heli-Scenic Tours and Airport Transfers:

• Heli-Scenic Tours require full groups ( 5 or 6 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly

• Our Helicopter Airport Transfers require full groups ( 5 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly

• All of our Heli-Scenic propecia website packages provide the option to hire a guide / instructor after your scenic tour for an afternoon of off-piste guided skiing or snowboarding 

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices


Price Breakdown – Non-Heli Packages

Prices / Group Size For Packages Not Including a Helicopter Element:

Each of our backcountry experiences require a certain group size, when booking, to commence:

• The Tarentiase Tour package requires you to book as a full, private group of 6 persons. If you want to do the “Tarentiase Tour with Heli Pick-Up”; you will need to book as a group of 4 persons (due to the number of seats buy cheap propecia available in the helicopter)

• The Heliski Preparation packages can be booked by groups of 1 to 6 persons. The price shown is for the group, with a price of €65 for each additional person

• The Split Board courses are to be booked by full groups of 6 persons

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices

 


Val Heliski Price Breakdown – Heliskiing / Reverse Heliskiing

Prices / Group Size For Heliskiing / Reverse Heliskiing Packages:

Paying to go heliskiing isn’t like paying to get onto a public bus; you have to consider the amount of seats in a helicopter (4 or 5 depending on the helicopter chosen). An empty seat is a waste of such a unique and sought-after experience. Therefore we always try to fill empty seats. This is why we provide you with two payment options when booking (one for a group of 4/5 persons and one for a group of 1-3 persons).

You can book as a group of 1-3 persons and we would fill the extra seat ourselves – This is a shared helicopter experience. Or you could book as a group of 4/5 persons and have the helicopter to yourselves – This is a private helicopter experience. Alternatively, if you were a group of 1-3 wanting a private helicopter; you could pay for a private helicopter (4/5 persons) at the reduced per person rate and then fill the seat last minute or we will send up a Val Heliski staff member as an added buying propecia online benefit to your group.

Further details have been outlined below:

• Heliskiing requires full groups ( 4 or 5 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly

• Reverse Heliskiing requires full groups ( 4 persons ) to allow a helicopter to fly.

• It is possible to book as an incomplete group ( 1 to 3 persons ) although you will have to pay for the empty seats. Look at individual package details to see which packages can be booked by incomplete groups and the respective prices.

• The Deluxe heliskiing packages are for a minimum of 3 persons and a maximum of 5.

• It is prudent to book as a full group of 4 or 5 persons to avoid compromising on ability level and enjoy a private experience

• 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 to find like-minded people to go with

• Refer to individual package details to see it’s group sizes and respective prices

 


Our Heliskiing Areas

VALGRISENCHE Open 20th December to 5th May, the microclimate in the local area and low temperates during winter and spring keep the snow powdery for longer amongst the regions 8kms worth of descents. More than 113 square km of terrain with over 20 landing sites – altitudes ranging from 1530m to 3751m and an average vertical drop of 1300-1800m.  Intermediate and advanced terrain, suitable for skiers and snowboarders, with plenty of tree runs. It is accessible from our French-serviced resorts of Espace Killy, 3 Vallees and surrounding area either by minibus or own transport to La Rosiere; with a ski over to the Italian border (minimum two descents required) or helicopter transfers, either one way or return, direct from your resort heliport or our private VHS heli landing spot. By far the quickest and most enjoyable way of accessing this terrain is by helicopter transfer. Valgrisenche is a popular choice for our 2 heli-drop day package.

COURMAYEUR Open 20th December to 5th May, with slopes on the South side of Mt. Blanc, this is an expansive area with terrain to suit all abilities, simply stunning scenery and views buy propecia online over Mt. Blanc and her glaciers and a fantastic mountain restaurant which we ski-doo you into and out of. With around 7 different drop zones up to around 3800m high and multiple descents ranging from 1000m to 2500m of vertical descent, the variety of terrain is huge. Suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels and accessible from our resorts, in France, by either minibus or helicopter transfer with no minimum number of drops required.

COL DE PETIT ST BERNARD Open around the 10th January to May, this is the closest Heliski area to our French resorts and easily accessed by minibus as well as helicopter transfer options available straight from your resort. Our more entry level Heliski area suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels and used for “My First Heliski / Board” package. Mainly wide open bowls, rather than trees or couloirs, although some traversing is often required – so competent off piste is still a pre-requisite. We do have some steep, hidden-gem descents considered suitable for advanced ability only, with colouirs and steeps for the so inclined.


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The Three A’s

ABILITY:

Val Heliski tailor their trips to the ability of the least experienced in the group, with trips organised for first timers all the way up to the highly experienced. You will always have one of our certified guides with you, who will make sure you are never out of your depth. If you want to guarantee who you heli with and their ability then come as a private complete group of 4/5 people. If you are a smaller group than that or on your own, we have plenty of packages purchase propecia usa suitable, for shared helicopter group bookings of between 1-3 persons.

ACCESSIBILITY:

We operate from the following resorts: Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, La Thuile, Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens.

We are on the door step for all Europeans wanting to try heliskiing – no need to deal with all the complexities of flying to Canada.

AFFORDABILITY:

We offer heliski day trips from €299 euros per person and reverse heliski day trips from €245 euros per person and heli sceneic tours and backcountry excursions from 99€ per person


Our Client Base

We service many of the Tarentaise and Three Valleys’ high-end chalets such as Consensio, Scott Dunn, Le Chardon Val d’Isère and Fish and Pips.

Equally, many of our clients are staying in the Tarentaise or Three Valleys in apartments, hotels or package-holiday chalets. Money is not the common factor amongst our guests, it is their shared love of getting out into the backcountry.

We also have many families of varying ski abilities – at least half of our clients have never been heliskiing before.

We love hosting corporate trips – During the 2013 winter we looked after Bentley, who made a great film about their stay.

Often, we’ll have groups of adrenalin seeking heliskiers – and for experienced backcountry folk looking to push themselves that little bit further, our guides (including French international skier Marc Ottoban) can easily help you find more extreme terrain.

We look after skiers and snowboarders equally – gone are the old animosities. Though we do sometimes group people together based on their shared desires, and sometimes skiers and snowboarders wish to access different terrain.

Heliskiing is for men and women, and we’ve looked after skiers and snowboarders ranging from age 14 up to 75.


Team Val Heliski

Owners:

Claire Jeffery:
Claire is a qualified solicitor with over ten seasons under her belt. She was a Canadian snowboard instructor and Option NFA sponsored rider. Her love for heliboarding enthused her to make the sport more mainstream, and accessible to ski resort holiday enthusiasts not wanting to spend the time and money on long haul flights to the typical heliski holiday in Canada. In 2009, Claire took the decision to give up law and live the dream by starting Val Heliski. Run by their 3A’s code of Accessibility, Ability, and Affordability, Val Heliski have captured the Canadian experience and brought the same level of service to France: now offering an all-inclusive door-to-door package, allowing their clients to sit back and enjoy a stress free experience.

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Tom Jeffery:
Tom is a Canadian / BASI ski instructor and chartered surveyor who utilised both his talents to win the European property ski championships in 2009. He met Claire whilst doing a ski season in Banff, Canada. Now married and living with their kids in Tignes, their passion for heliskiing and backcountry is undiminished. Their business continues to grow from strength to strength as they believe their fundamental passion for providing an honest, good service keeps their clients coming back year after year.

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Operations Manager:

Jordan Tiernan:

Jordan is our Operations Manager. He has skied around the world and can usually be found searching for steep terrain in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Having worked in the snowsports industry for eight years as a Ski Instructor and Ski Patroller and his current role at Val Heliski, he has written a dissertation on avalanche education and developed his own mountain weather website.

Jordan has the ability to design, develop and market our fantastic Heliski experiences, ensuring that your heliski trip runs as smoothly and safely as possible. Whilst you are in resort, Jordan uses his knowledge of the Tignes / Val-d’Isère backcountry terrain & our Italian drop-zones to find you the best spots to ski based on the conditions during your stay, and his in-depth avalanche safety knowledge will ensure that you are always in the surest hands.

During the Southern Hemisphere winter season, Jordan lives in Queenstown whilst working for Southern Lakes Heliski in a similar role, whilst working towards his UIAGM (IFMGA) mountain guide certification.

Read more on what Jordan is up to on his blog here; http://jordtiernan.com

Guides:

Tom Grant (IFMGA):

Tom is a passionate and dedicated skier, alpinist and all-round climber. He’s particularly pursued the art of steep skiing, which has led him to ski many first descents in the Alps, New Zealand, and Baffin Island. Tom was born in Arlington, Virginia, in the United States. Aged 11 he moved to Lewes, East Sussex with my family for a change of scenery. Tom began climbing on the major sandstone outcrops of Sussex  aged 17, but only began to passionately pursue climbing while at university in Nottingham. His passion for climbing, adventure and the odd dose of suffering, led him to move to permanently to Chamonix in 2009.

Here is just a small snippet of Tom’s vast Ski Mountaineering experience;

– 2nd Descent of the Grand Couloir of the Brenva (Sentinelle Rouge Couloir), first time without rappel and heli

– First descents in the Mont Blanc Massif: West Couloir of the Aigulle Tour Noir and SW face of the Aiguille Tricot

– First descents in New Zealand, notably the South Face of Mount Cook, Mt. Darwin and the West Face of Elie de Beaumont

 

– North Face Les Courtes – Cordier Gabarrou

– Multiple descents of the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi – Eugster Diagonal, Mallory and Col du Plan North Face

– And many, many more…

 


Why We Are Unique

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