Seeking an exhilarating new experience on your next alpine adventure? True powder hounds know that the real action is not on the blues, reds or even blacks, but the stunning off-piste terrain where no man has gone before. I am talking about the type of terrain that cannot be reached on foot and is hidden deep in the remote areas of the mountain.
So, how do you reach these secret and almost mythical spots? By chopper, of course! Thatâ€™s right, you can do your best James Bond impression by soaring over the mountain in a helicopter, before jumping out on your skis and descending through the glistening untouched powder snow. This is heli-skiing â€“ a thrilling extreme sport that will breathe new life into your skiing trips and leave you wanting more.
Now, before you book your tickets and arrange your ski travel insurance, it is essential that you find the most incredible places around the world for this unique activity.
Perhaps the most well-known heli-skiing country, it is said within the winter sports community that Canada was the birthplace of the activity. Its epic setting, allowing you access to huge mountain terrain, stunning virgin powder snow and a glacier climate, make it the perfect destination. There are a few specialist companies that can help you to find Whistlerâ€™s hidden gems.
Lech ZÃ¼rs, Austria
As such a new extreme activity, there are strict rules in place about heli-skiing â€“ itâ€™s not available in many ski resorts. There are only a few heli-skiing spots in Europe; Lech ZÃ¼rs is one of the few places to offer this experience to adventurous-types. The brave will get their thrill from the run from Mehlsack summit down to Zug, whilst intermediates will get a surge of adrenaline from taking off below Orgelscharte to the run that takes you into Schneetal.
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Skip the pistes of Telluride and ascend the imposing Silverton mountain for some serious terrain. The thrilling gradients will have your heart in your mouth from start to finish â€“ this is a new dimension of skiing that will test the nerve of even the most hardened thrill seeker.
RiksgrÃ¤nsen, Lapland, Sweden
For a special experience that will provide many amazing stories to tell your mates, head north of the Arctic Circle to RiksgrÃ¤nsen for the ultimate wilderness adventure. There are companies that cover a staggering 5,000 square km of terrain, so you are spoilt for choice here and could spend an entire week shredding virgin powder in this surreal winter wonderland.
If you are seeking heart-stopping action and adventure, you cannot go wrong with any of these heli-skiing destinations.
As a heads up, not all ski travel insurance policies cover heli-skiing as it is a relatively new activity and considered hazardous. You will want to ensure that both you and your belongings are covered throughout the experience, so get your ski travel insurance from Letâ€™s Go Insure. We know that these trips are about pushing your boundaries, going off the beaten track and saying yes to adventure, so we have you covered and let you unleash your inner daredevil.
Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let's Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you're looking for the best ski travel insurance Let's Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.
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