Heliskiing - What to Expect
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Heli Skiing - Expectations
What to Expect While Heli-Skiing
Heli Skiing Groups
On most Heli skiing tours, heli-skiers are led by an experienced guide who will lead a group of skiers. You may be skiing with as few as 6 or as many as 12 skiers. This varies depending on which operator your book with, and can change according to the terrain and conditions expected. Most operations offer private heli skiing charters too.
Heli Skiing Tour Length
While heli-skiing, you can expect around 5-12 runs or heli lifts in a day. Your guides will constantly be assessing and searching for the best (and the safest) snow. In some locations, you might take one long run down the mountain, stopping in various places for break.
Most heli skiing operators offer daily, three, four and seven day packages.
When avalanche risk levels are high you may end up skiing easier more gentle slopes.
Heli skiing conditions can really vary, according to the day you're skiing and where you're skiing. However, Heli skiing is known for its opportunity to allow skiers to access amazing powder and this is your best chance to ski the champagne powder snow.
Conditions often vary from run to run due to wind and solar aspects. Be prepared for variable conditions. It's best to check with your Heli skiing tour for specific information about the snow conditions and weather prior to booking your trip.
Heli Skiing Safety
The primary safety concern of heli skiing operators is the danger of avalanches.
Reputable Heli skiing operations employ highly trained guides and pilots who are experienced in evaluating snow conditions, snow stability, and risk management.
Don't worry - most tours will include in the price the use of avalanche transceivers and will provide training on the use of then and other avalanche rescue equipment.
Heli skiing is the ultimate skiing and boarding experience. Endless acres of deep powder snow and solitude in the big mountains to be shared with friends and family. What more could a skier or boarder want?
This information has been kindly provided by Pantheon Heli Skiing, operators located near Whistler in British Columbia, Canada.