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Heli skiing is a trip like no other combining optimal snow conditions, amazing snow-capped mountains and extreme sport. First-timers might be unfamiliar with what to expect from their trip. Although specific conditions may change from day to day there are a few standard expectations that you can count on seeing.
One of the greatest aspects of heli skiing is the quality of the snow you’ll be on. Fresh, natural power snow awaits you on those mountains. Except for the first few runs after a perfect snow fall, these favorable snow conditions are impossible to reproduce at most typical ski resorts. Skiers instantly fall in love with the experience of fresh powder snow. Be aware however, that snow conditions change daily with the weather, so check the weather with your heli skiing tour guide before you hit the slopes.
When you go to a ski resort, you’ll find designed trails, snow-covered trees, crowds and a packed lodge. With heli skiing you come in contact with a beautiful landscape which you can see from the air before your run. Many skiers find the incredible landscape to be one of the best parts of their trip enjoying the features and curves of the natural terrain, the ability to ski down long descents, steep slopes and glades of old-growth trees.
If you’re an expert skier you can usually navigate ski resort runs on your own. However with heli skiing things work a little different. Your group will always have an experienced tour guide who will lead your runs. Group size may vary depending on the helicopter specifications, the company you’re booking you’re trip with, and weight and experience level. Some groups may have as little as five skiers in a group while another might have as many as 10. On most heli skiing trips you can expect to go on anywhere from 5-12 runs a day with new slopes and trails to explore on each run. However this is dependent upon the abilities of the skiers in a group, the helicopter, theweather and descent length. The average length for most heli skiing descent runs is 2,000 vertical feet, but can vary from 1,400 to 5,000 vertical feet. Most ski runs will last about 45 minutes.
You already know that the condition of the snow on the mountains can change with the weather. Weather changes can have an impact on your trip, and your guide will let you know of any changes to be made. The company you book your trip with will let you know how to best dress and prepare for changing weather conditions before you go on your adventure. Always check on the weather with your guide before starting your day.
Once you hit that fresh powder you’ll never want to go back to the hard pack of artificial snow of resort skiing! Your heli skiing experience is one that will stay with you for a lifetime. Experience the wonder of skiing in an all-natural setting that will only amaze you.
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