As adventure sports, freeriding and heli-skiing are associated with risks and dangers that can cause harm to one’s health. These activities take place in a mountain environment where special attention to hazards and strict adherence to safety rules are essential to reduce the risks.
You will be accompanied by our UIAGM certified guides at all times. They are professional and experienced mountain guides who will continuously assist you and minimize your exposure to hazards.
Heliksir guides are chosen based on their professional qualifications and dedication to safety. They are internationally certified mountain guides; their formal training and extensive experience guarantee a high level of expertise in mountain guiding, backcountry skiing, avalanche forecasting and emergency response.
Members of our guiding team have accumulated years of experience working in different parts of the world. They are dedicated to providing you with a safe and unique powder adventure.
Helicopters and pilots
We use Eurocopter A-Star B3 helicopters from Europe. The A-Star B3 is a light weight and powerful helicopter that excels at high altitude and is ideally suited for small-group heli-skiing, with a seating capacity of 5 passengers (four guests and one guide) plus the pilot. The helicopters are inspected and serviced on a daily basis by licensed aircraft maintenance engineers. Pilots are highly qualified pilots from Europe, with extensive mountain flying experience.
At Heliksir, we believe it is important for our guests to be fully aware of the safety issues involved in heli-skiing / heli-boarding, and to have a thorough understanding of the environment they will be exposed to. Before their first flight out to the backcountry, all guests are required to attend safety briefings highlighting awareness of risk, best practice guidelines and emergency procedures in the event of an accident. Each guest will be trained in the use of an avalanche transceiver and other safety equipment.
Our professional mountain guides are trained to assess and manage avalanche risk. They monitor the avalanche conditions on a daily basis, gathering data through snowpack analysis and weather observation, in order to evaluate the snow stability and make guiding decisions accordingly. They make every effort to minimize the risks and keep you from exposure to potential hazards.
We provide each guest with state-of-the-art safety equipment, including:
- Mammut Barryvox Pulse avalanche transceiver
- Mammut Rocker 15L Protection Airbag backpack
- Mammutavalanche probe light
- Mammut Alugator avalanche shovel light
Heli-Skiing is different from other kinds of skiing / riding and therefore has specific requirements for equipment. Following is a list of ski gear and safety gear we provide at no extra charge, as well as recommendations for the equipment you need to bring.
Mammut Pulse Avalanche Transceiver
Avalanche Shovel Mammut Alugator Light
Mammut Avalanche Probe Light
At Heliksir, we provide you with adjustable ski poles specially adapted for deep snow skiing.
As everyone has unique requirements, Heliksir does not supply boots; please, bring your well-fitted ski boots (or snowboard boots) when you come heli-skiing with us. We recommend having this important footwear in your carry-on baggage when traveling by air; this will ensure your boots don’t get misplaced and lost during your travel.
Most importantly for heli-skiing, your helmet should not hinder your hearing as it is essential for safety that you can hear your guide’s instructions. Removing your helmet’s ear flaps might be necessary. For keeping your ears warm, you can wear a thin balaclava underneath the helmet.
If you choose to wear a helmet while heli-skiing with us, please bring your own; Heliksir does not supply helmets.
Clothes you wear in a ski resort may not be optimal for heli-skiing. While insulated jackets and pants are great at the ski area, they don’t allow enough versatility for heli-skiing. The helicopter is your ski lift and it is heated. There is no need to overdress in order to withstand cold chairlift rides. However, you want to dress so you are comfortable when skiing / boarding and stay warm during the occasional waiting around. The most effective way to achieve that is to wear layers of clothing which allow you to adjust your temperature and keep dry.