Our base in Gressoney lies in the heart of the highest peaks, and has it’s own extensive and modern lift system. The area offers a huge variety of slopes, including several 4,000m peaks, vast high altitude slopes, steep couloirs and the highest drop zone in the Alps at 4500m.
The area has over 25 landing sites and a large choice of descents spread over three valleys. The dramatic landscape make the helicopter flights alone an unforgettable experience and nothing beats the thrill of being dropped off at the top of a peak and preparing for the ride of your life in endless untracked snow.
On our varied and exclusive programme your IFMGA mountain guide will take you to the most beautiful descents in the Monte Rosa massif; making this a truly unique skiing experience. Our heli weeks are specifically aimed at experienced freeriders and off-piste skiers eager to find fresh tracks on high remote peaks. Deep powder and long descents are why our clients keep coming back for more. Ideally you should be a strong intermediate skier or better with a keen sense of adventure.
Meet up in our hotel. Course briefing and equipment check followed by dinner with your guides
This gives us a chance to warm up and refine our powder technique so to be on best form for the heli days. Additionally there is an avalanche safety briefing and demonstration
typically 2 drops per day, each giving 2000m+ descents. There are over 25 landing sites in the area giving access to a huge variety in terrain
to enjoy the lift accessed skiing
The price includes 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation based on 2 sharing a twin room, 5 full days guiding of which 1 day off-piste guiding and up to 8 helicopter drops over 4 days.
The price does not include travel to/from Gressoney, ski passes, lunches, drinks.
Additional helicopter flights may be purchased (typically 150€ per person per flight, but varies according to distance and group size).
The goal is to ski a minimum of 4,000m in descents on the 4 heliski days. Should any of the drops be cancelled, the client will be refunded the recoverable costs and the guide will take you skiing at a resort off-piste instead.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Heliskiing trips to Gressoney.
On these trips you’ll be staying in a comfortable hotel. This means when skiing you only need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Many heliski operators now demand that all skiers have ABS packs. These can be hired in resort (from the heli-operator).
For heliskiing you also need to have a harness as many of the runs are glaciated.
Heli dropzones can be above or close to 4000m and so temperatures can be very cold. A good down jacket is therefore essential.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
Italy in Western Europe had a long Mediterranean cost. Bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
It's capital city is Rome, home to the Vatican and many other famous landmarks and ancient ruins. The country has influenced Western culture and cuisine greatly in its history.
With a population of around 59 million people (2103). Its famous cities of Rome, Florence and Venice plus landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Italian Lakes attracted many millions of tourists each year.
Sharing Mont Blanc with France as its highest peak on the Italian/French boarder. The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak solely in Italy at 4,060m.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
You will need to have ski passes for the off-piste days, plus you may need to buy other ski passes depending on the pick-up zones. Your guide will advise on the best passes to buy.
We have a budget of €4800 to cover the cost of the heliskiing. This equates to €1200 per day for 4 days which should be enough for a minimum of 4,000m in descents daily. Should you encounter bad weather such that the budget is not spent in full, any remaining money will be refunded.
The drop zones used and descents chosen are at the discretion of our guides. The guide will always endeavour to find the best snow possible taking into account the groups' safety at all times.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.