ARE YOU AN EXPERT SKIER WITH A STRONG SENSE OF ADVENTURE?
Are you looking for a truly unique ski experience? If yes, consider joining us for our single heli-drop backcountry excursion. We utilize our helicopter to access terrain over 13,000 feet near Telluride and then descend up to 4,000 feet to the valley floor. It’s truly some of the most dramatic ski terrain available anywhere in the world. This trip option is not an introduction to heli-skiing and only expert skiers in reasonable fitness should consider this particular offering.
SINGLE HELI-DROP BACKCOUNTRY EXCURSION
|$450 per person (up to 4 skiers each day) |
$1,600 for a private group (1-4 skiers)
Our single drop backcountry heli-experience is ideal for strong and adventurous skiers who want a completely unique skiing experience in Telluride. The day starts when we board the helicopter in the morning and fly up to one of our high-alpine landing zones (13,000 feet and higher) via the valleys surrounding Telluride. The ride alone is worth the trip, scenic and memorable, you’ll see much of the Telluride area by air. From the drop location, we will enjoy unparalleled views before beginning our 4,000-foot ski descent to the valley floor. This is a ski excursion unlike anything else offered in the US, and one you won’t soon forget.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR SINGLE HELI-DROP EXCURSION
We start our day at the Helitrax office (located in the Peaks Resort) around 8:00 AM for a safety and beacon briefing followed by a lift into the high alpine. Hopefully you brought a breakfast snack because the views are perfect, and we aren’t in any rush.
Our vertical descent each day depends on the drop off location and averages 4,000 feet. This heli-drop is considered mostly downhill skiing but does require a combination of sidestepping, uphill traverses, narrow trails, icy terrain and more. Depending on conditions, you may be required to skin uphill. For this reason, we require all skiers on these trips to have uphill touring capabilities and equipment (which can be rented locally). On any given day, a wide variety of snow conditions may be encountered so bring your sense of adventure! Mother Nature dictates backcountry conditions on a daily basis. Our guides will seek out the best snow conditions possible given what we have. Let's face it, we want to ski good snow too! If you are considering this trip option, we suggest you be in good physical condition and be an expert skier.
A descent of one of Telluride’s classic valleys will certainly be a memory that sticks with you forever. 360-degree views are just one aspect of the day you will never forget. Areas we can drop into include Bear Creek, Ingram Basin, Bridal Veil Basin and terrain above Trout Lake. We will discuss options with you based on snowpack and conditions prior to your heli-drop day.
Each day we can take a total of four skiers into the backcountry. Regardless of how many are in your group, the cost per person is $450. This is a one drop option only. These trips are normally completed within two to four hours. Please note that this is not an introduction to heli-skiing and only expert skiers in reasonable fitness should consider joining us. These trips are conditions-dependent, and many options exist so give us a call with any questions. Please bring your own water and snacks for the day. We hope you’ll join us for a one-drop backcountry helicopter skiing experience this winter!
If you are an experienced backcountry adventurer and would like to do more touring or experience multiple drops, check out our backcountry assisted ski touring option here.