Best Places To Heli Ski

Best Places To Heli Ski

by Nick Baines September 23, 2018

From AK to NZ, here are some of the world’s finest destinations for heli skiing.

In most resorts these days, you’re going to need some unique intel and be on that first chair if you want to get fresh untracked powder fields. The market for heliskiing has grown in recent years and while the endeavour can still cost a fair whack of cash, choppering in to some untouched lines is becoming increasingly more accessible.

So we though we'd selfishly, try out the best places for heli skiing (we're just awaiting someone to send us a bag of cash...) and we'd let you know where we'd heard to.

 

Haines, Alaska

 

Some of the best backcountry lines ever filmed have been shot in the mountains surrounding this sleepy Alaskan town that sits around 90miles north of Juneau.

Thanks to snowboard film production company Absinthe films, charters like Alaska Helliskiing often run fully booked through large swathes of the winter season.

However, with this area of the world renowned for its vast wild spaces, and the effort involved to get there, backcountry heli drops don't get much better than in AK.

 

haines alaska - one of the best heli skiing places on earth

 

Revelstoke, British Columbia

 

With around 60ft of fresh powder each year, Revelstoke has long been the go-to for reliable Canadian freeriding.

The conditions here align perfectly with coastal humidity meeting the dry air of the mountains. You’ll find some of the greatest tree runs on the planet out here, giving you multiple options for when the cloud rolls in, but all this comes at a price.

The cost of heli charters runs high in these parts and with accommodation mainly pitched in the luxury market, heli-skiing in Revelstoke can be a costly expedition.

But with high costs come high rewards, empty bowls in optimum conditions can be hard to beat. Should it be in our list of best places for heli skiing, hell yeah.

 

revelstore heli skiing

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

 

Although accessing a less expansive range compared to Alaska and B.C, Heli drops in Zermatt can still put you into a handful of wild lines away from the lift queues.

With single drops starting from around £60, it also provides some of the most accessible and best heli skiing available and a gateway to getting used to the practice before heading out to other more remotely accessed mountain ranges.

 

zermatt switzerland

 

Queenstown, New Zealand

 

A kiwi town renowned for its association with adventure sports, Queenstown is a great location to base yourself for a heli trip.

Slingshotting into around 11 different mountain ranges, heli skiing trips will put you into a number of epic spots throughout the southern lakes.

Multi-drop day trips come in around the £500 mark and with options that span several days, you can access some of the best descents in the southern hemisphere.

 

queenstown nz backountry heli skiing

 

Kamchatka, Russia

 

Soviet-era helicopters and a mountain range the size of Switzerland makes a heli trip to Kamchatka a pretty humbling experience. The backcountry here is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains hundreds of active volcanoes.

Some of the descents here can take you right down to the waters edge and rack up close to 10,000ft meaning you’ll probably enjoy some of the longest rides of your life on this peninsula that sits out in the Bering Sea, right opposite Alaska.

Any list of best places for heli skiing need to have this one attached to it.

 

Kamchatka




Nick Baines
Nick Baines

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With an insatiable thirst for travel, Nick Baines is a journalist based on the UK’s south coast. With more than 20 years experience in snow sports, he’s contributed features to publications all over the world.



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