Heliskiing Safari through Valle d'Aosta's best off-piste resorts, and the hidden heli-only Valgrisenche
THE HELISKI SAFARI EXPERIENCE: Exploring remote villages, dining in “Slow Food” restaurants and skiing with a third-generation Italian mountain guide, are all part of what makes this the ultimate Italian backcountry ski experience. Our hosts and guides are extremely passionate about the traditions and culture of the Alps, and have cultivated the relationships to provide one-of-a-kind experiences, you will have a virtual backstage pass that will take you deep into the local lifestyle, from life-changing ski descents, to the best on-mountain restaurants, and hidden secrets along the way.
THE REGION: At the foot of the 4600m Monte Rosa, Italy and Switzerland’s highest peak, the Italian resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney, and Alagna comprise the Monterosa ski area, one of the Alps’ ﬁnest off-piste freeride zones. La Thuile, the lesser known resort above Courmayeur is the doorway to the private Valgrisenche heliski valley, with 5 separate drops . Finish off the week on the south side of the Matterhorn in Cervinia, skiing into secret valleys or crossing the border to Switzerland and home again for an unparalleled Italian dinner at les Neiges d’Antan.
THE SKIING: Heli-skiing in the Alps can be quite a different experience than what guests might be used to in North America or elsewhere. For starters, it is more of an “à la carte” situation, dictated by conditions and location, as opposed to a scheduled number of drops per day. In addition, many of these drops can involve some ski-touring, and navigating complex glacial terrain, this taking longer than typical heli-ski “runs”. But our team of IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guides are excellent at reading the situation, calling in the helicopter, and delivering the best day of riding that you’ve ever had.
7 NIGHTS - 6 DAYS SKIING: 6 Days guided resort and backcountry skiing with UIAGM mountain guides:
- 2 nights Nira Montana 5*, La Thuile
- 2 nights Hotellerie de Mascognaz 4*+, Champoluc
- 3 nights Les Neiges d’Antan 3*+, Cervinia