Expert advise from Helitrax’s own guide, Angela Hawse.
Follow these 10 tips to get the most out of your high-flying adventure.
Jess McMillan: Freeskiing World Tour Champion and Warren Miller star
Angela Hawse: Telluride Helitrax guide and the sixth U.S. woman to achieve IFMGA Mountain Guide Certification, the highest level of international training and certification available to guides
10. VET YOUR OUTFITTER
“Most heliski guides are the best in the industry because it’s such a sought after job,” Hawse says. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t double check their credentials. Certification from organizations including the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and Heli Ski US means your guide has the skills to get you home safely.
09. DON’T STOP
A full day of heliskiing may cover 10 to 12,000 vertical feet or more in just six runs. The best way to prepare yourself mentally and physically for such a quad thrashing? “Get in some resort skiing and do some long runs without stopping,” Hawse says. Also, follow our one-month training plan for killer quad and core strength that’ll leave you begging for more—not mercy—at the end of the day.
08. PICK YOUR SEASON
“In January, the days are shorter, the temperatures are a little bit colder,” Hawse says. “But those factors can make the skiing incredible. The cold can help preserve the snow for really good powder skiing.” Alternatively, spring skiing tends to be warmer and longer days may allow you to squeeze in more runs. “Ask the heliski operators when they get the best snow, when the best weather is, and about the price,” McMillan says. “Are they doing it by the day, by the run, or by the vertical feet?” Pick your season, then pick the trip that fits your budget.
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