Words by Alf Alderson | Photos by Last Frontier Heliskiing
I’m standing on the summit of 3040-metre Pizzo Zembranka on the border of Italy’s Stelvio National Park with four other skiers and a guide. I got here by helicopter in order to deal with the little matter of a 2090-metre descent down wide open, humanity-free powder fields…
And to do so I had to shell out just 180 euros to Heli Guides. Ok, that’s for one run only (and the helicopter flight, obviously), but it’s quite some descent through seemingly endless untracked powder, and when we’re finished everyone agrees it was worth every cent. Which goes to show that if you can afford the price of a four-day lift pass in Les Arcs you can also afford to go heliskiing.
And the skiing is only half the fun. Flying through the mountains in a small helicopter is one of the most exciting things most of us will ever do in life; indeed, I’d go so far as to say you can even get quite emotional about it, a friend of mine told me she was almost in tears through the elation she felt on her first heliski flight.