Heli-skiing is some of the most demanding, high production mountain flying in the industry. Heli-skiing is off-trail, downhill skiing that is accessed by a helicopter, not a ski lift. Heli-skiing is essentially about skiing in a natural — albeit highly selected — environment without the effort or gear compromise required for hiking into these areas as in ski touring or ski mountaineering. There are as few as 4 or as many as 12 skiers, depending on the aircraft type and numbers. Most operations offer private heli-skiing charters and daily, and three, four and seven day packages are common in the Canada-model.
On most tours, a group of heli-skiers are led by an experienced guide and possibly an assistant, or “tailgunner”. In fact, it is difficult or impossible in many areas to hire a helicopter for heli-skiing without a professional mountain guide certified by UIAGM (IFMGA). Helicopter skiing access is also regulated in many mountain ranges, eliminating the possibility of simply contracting a helicopter for random drops. Having served as “aerial lift operators” for many decades, we have had the opportunity to serve heli-ski operators in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah, some of which have remained loyal customers for nearly 20 years.
We are keenly aware of the needs and wishes of the heli-ski client and therefore have groomed some of the best mountain pilots, with great interpersonal skills to cater to this elite group of athletes. Our goal is to make each skier’s experience a lifetime memory, pushing their skills to the limit, without sacrificing safety and profitability to the heli-ski operator.