Experience the mesmerising beauty of the mountain range from the air with a heli-skiing experience in Val d’Isère. Along with your experienced guide, after ascending the mountain by helicopter, you will then ski some of the most remote parts of the mountain range. Suitable for intermediate levels and above, heli-skiing is quickly becoming one of the most popular ski experiences for visitors to Val d’Isère.
What does heli-skiing involve?
For adrenaline junkies and adventure enthusiasts, heli-skiing is the ideal activity while in Val d’Isère. The latest much talked about winter sport, heli-skiing involves being taken to the most remote areas of the mountain via helicopter. Once you have reached your designated ‘drop zone’ the helicopter will then land where skiers leave the helicopter and start the descent down the mountain with their guide. If you sign up for a full day of heli-skiing you will then ski to a pick up point where you will meet the helicopter again and be whisked away to another exclusive part of the mountain .
Heli-skiing is actually banned in France due to the impact it has on the environment. However, Val d’Isère’s close proximity to Italy means that there are a number of heli-skiing trips will take you across the Italian border, allowing you to ski back to France across the untouched mountains.
What level of skier and snowboarder can go Heli-skiing?
For most, heli-skiing provides the ultimate skiing and snowboarding experience with miles of untouched powder and mesmerising views over the mountain peaks and beyond. It is a truly thrilling experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories and have you wanting more.
The majority of heli-skiing runs are off-piste. It is therefore advisable skiers and snowboarders not comfortable skiing in fresh powdered snow off-piste should wait until they are more familiar with a variety of conditions before trying heli-skiing. If learning to ski off-piste is something you are interested in, there are a number of ski schools in Val d’Isère which offer off-piste lessons. For groups or couples looking to ski together, there are a number of different packages available which will allow you to ski together as a group.
The majority of companies offering heli-skiing will generally take skiers of an intermediate level and above. With the safety of all involved of the upmost importance, before embarking on your heli-skiing trip, your guides will give you a full safety briefing as well as providing you with all of the safety equipment you will need, including an avalanche safety kit.
Other activities in Val d’Isère
As one of the world’s premier ski resorts, Val d’Isère has a number of other activities to take part in off the slopes. If you enjoyed getting up in the air heli-skiing, then you will love parapenting. With stunning views over the mountains, you will spend longer in the air than you do when heli-skiing, giving you time to fully appreciate the beauty of the mountains.