Preparing for a Heliski Trip
A heliski trip is a hell of an adventure, but you get out of it what you’re willing to put it. Not only does it cost a fortune (heliskiing certainly isn’t for the penny-strapped) but you need to be in good physical shape and an excellent skier to sign up. It helps to be prepared. Here are a few pointers before your next heliski adventure.
Do your homework
Get the details on the heliski outfit you’ll be working with. Do they do large runs, or specialize in small expeditions? Heliskiing is all about skiing where no one has skied before, not where 50 people skied just before you got there. Work with outfits that are small, maybe 10 to 15 skiers tops. It’s best if you’re working with a group of family or friends so that everyone knows each other.
Start Off Pampered
You may want to consider starting the heliski trip from a ski resort. First, it gives everyone a chance to catch up on old times while the beer is still being served. Second, it gives everyone a chance to brush up on their skiing. Plus, that pure powder snow will be twice the blast compared to resort snow. Start with a lodge, and then work your way into the wilderness.
Prepare for a Wild Helicopter Experience
One of the most fun parts of heliskiing is the ride in the helicopter. You’ll see breath taking peaks in remote mountain ranges. The heliski helicopter ride is probably the closest you’ll come to being a bird. Once you’ve seen these ranges from a far, you really appreciate the winter wonder of a heliski experience.