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Heliskiing - Courmayeur, Italy
PHOTO: A helicopter flying into a drop zone, with ski box fitted on the side.
FEEDBACK: "Cheers for one hell of a day out. Our Guide was excellent and knew the area backwards.
By the end of the day I couldn't
have coped with another drop!"
Roger P, London
Course Overview

If you love off piste skiing or boarding, and are feeling limited by the quickly tracked runs accessible from the lifts, heliskiing is an unmissable experience.

These days are only available as a day extension to a week long ski course, and you will be guided by the same guide who has been with you all through the week.
This guided day is ideal for those who want to experience the high mountains, accessing snow untouched by other people, with the thrill of travelling by helicopter.
Heli skiing makes you feel like a star as your private pilot and expert IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide takes you to the 'Drop Zones' (DZ's), waits while you descend, then take you to another pristine untouched area.
We offer a range of options as some clients just want one drop from the helicopter with a long descent route, whilst others want multiple drops to ride as much virgin snow as possible (this is the more usual).
You are equipped with avalanche tranceivers ('Peeps' / ARVA's), and your expert Guide will carry the ropes, full crevasse rescue kit for emergencies, and will have a mountain rescue radio.
Dates: Run on demand any day during the winter season from early February to late April, for private groups of between one and four guests. We do not offer collectives. We offer days with two heli-drops.
The course at a glance...
1 day course, run every day in the winter. Price £1600 in total, for up to four.
• Avalanche safety kit (tranceiver, probe, shovel, etc) is provided for the course.
Top tip... combine with a weekend course or a day during your ski holiday.
You could also consider... Off Piste Wilderness Clinic or Avalanche Awareness Day

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Course Itinerary
In the morning you meet in central Chamonix, with your expert ski Guide who will be an expert in backcountry travel and snow safety. Over a coffee they will talk through the plans for the day, and the latest conditions. Then it's time for a quick route safety plan, and sorting out any safety kit that is needed. There is a great choice of locations to operate these days, all accessible by a short flight. We can always find a suitable and safe location to react to the snow conditions and avalanche forecast.
To get to the helicopter base you are either driven through the Mont Blanc road tunnel to Courmayeur in Italy (30 mins approx.). Here you meet your private helicopted pilot and are shown the helicopter. After a short safety briefing, and a final kit check, you are lifted high into the mountains.
You are usually taken to a remote mountain summit for a long, untracked, off piste descent. Due to the altitude you are skiing at, powder is preserved due to the very low temperatures. For your second drop, the guide will now know your skiing level, so can opt for a harder or higher run. Whatever your day, you are guaranteed an experience that you will not forget with some stunning photographs. Normally the day ends in late afternoon in time for some congratulatory Aprés!
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

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Course Prices
Standard course
1 full day IFMGA guiding, 1:4 max ratio
2 helicopter drops are included
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for one day, 2) Two helicopter drops and helicopter pilot, 3) Travel from Chamonix to Courmayeur and tunnel pass, 4) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 5) Pre guiding information booklet, 6) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 6) Chamonix office support.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to & from Chamonix, 2) Accommodation, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Upgrade options
Avalanche Skills Day
£49 (throughout the season)
To learn avalanche prediction, reutschblocks and use of avalanche tranceivers. Course is available on any day during the week (includes ARVA), details.
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