Heliski2018-12-05T19:36:48+00:00

Heliski

3 summits of Norra Storfjället

2610 SEK per person 2019

Your step-by-step guide to heliskiing

  • Call us to book Heliski: +46 (0)954-30500  (bookings are binding) 

  • Tell us when you are visiting and your preferred ski date.

  • Provide your mobile number and email address. The trip is subject to prevailing weather conditions and we will contact you the evening before or early morning of your scheduled booking to advise.

  • You always ski with a guide

  • Avalanche safety equipment inlcuding: avalanche backpack, transceiver, shovel and probe is provided.

  • Heliskiing is always subject to weather conditions

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Group sizes
A minimum booking of 5, although not all have to be in same group. We put parties of guests together. If your group is more than 5, Contact us.

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Where do we ski?
We fly to the Norra Storfjället massif which consists of several summits. Which one we choose depends on weather, wind and snow conditions

What is the price?
The price for three runs is 2610 SEK per person if helicopter is fully booked (5 persons)

Who are we?

We organise helicopter skiing in and around Norra Storfjället, just north of Hemavan and within the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve. Stig Strand, who runs the business, has over 30 years of experience of helicopter skiing in the area. He has spent an endless number of hours skiing here. Today Anton, also a Hemavan local, is our main guide taking care of daily operations. During the high season, we also use several other guides, all of whom have excellent knowledge of the area.

Skiing off piste always carries a certain element of risk, so minimising this is our most important priority. Our guides not only have excellent knowledge of the mountain range in Hemavan, they are also trained in avalanche safety and wilderness first-aid. We always provide avalanche equipment consisting of a avalanche backpack, shovel, probe and transceiver. Guests can provide their own, but only after our guide has checked and approved it.

We cover an area with skiing opportunities facing all aspects. This is extremely useful when trying to find just the right skiing conditions. Terrain is varied with vertical drops for each run ranging from 500-1000m. The highest summit is Norra Sytertoppen at 1,768m above sea level. In good weather we can offer a three summit package in one day. It is possible to purchase an extra helicopter lift once you are out skiing.

If the weather does not allow us to fly in the alpine terrain, we can offer tree skiing lifts for experienced skiers.

Group size

Max five guests per guide. We very rarely run more than three groups per at a time. If your group is less than five then we will mix you with other guests. We do our best to ensure that each group is a functional unit.

Skiing ability

Our area provides ski runs with various levels of difficulty. If you can ski down a prepared red or black category slope, then you will be able to join us without any difficulty, although some previous experience of off-piste skiing would be an advantage. Tell us about your group’s skiing ability when you book. Be realistic about it and that will ensure you will get the most out of your time with us.

Age

There are no age restrictions although under 18 skiers must be accompanied by an adult and have permission from their parents. Booking youngsters under the age of 18 is always done in discussion with us.

Departure times

Groups flying out in the morning meet at Trolltunet at 08.15 for safety checks. Afternoon groups will be contacted with the time and location of their departure.

What is Heliskiing?

Guests who have never skied using a helicopter as a lift often ask how it works.
Here’s some basic information. We will go through this in much more detail when we meet up before flying out.

When going through the safety procedures we distribute the Avalanche safety equipment. The guide will instruct on how to behave in and around a helicopter, but here are some important rules to remember:

  • The guide loads and unloads all equipment.
  • The guide opens and shuts all doors.
  • Do not kick snow from your boots against the helicopter. Hit them together instead.
  • Fasten your safety belt when seated in the helicopter. Only release it once you have landed.
  • Upon landing the guide will tell you when to get out and where to sit down. This is important as the blades of the helicopter will still be rotating as the guide unloads the aircraft.
  • The blades can easily blow away any unfastened items so keep your helmet/beanie/gloves on and close your jacket. We recommend you use your goggles.
  • Snowboard, alpine or telemark – you can choose what type of skiing you want to do as none slow the run for other skiers.

 

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Low zone Heliski

Low season only: 3 trips. 400m vertical drop in steep terrain and forest (suitable in poorer weather conditions).

Min. number 11. Norra Storfjället/ Laisholm (we depart from TopHelis helicopter hanger in Laisholm).

Stig says

“Hemavan is the home of heliskiing in Sweden and the Nordic countries. It all started in 1974 when the very term heliskiing was coined to describe the use of a helicopter to access pristine and undisturbed slopes up to 1,100 m above sea level. In Hemavan, it is only a short distance to the summits. All skiing requires a guide to ensure that no avalanches are set off. It is normal to choose from one, two or a maximum of three summits in a day.

“There is even a possibility to purchase three hours of helicopter time which allows for 10 summits for a group of seven and with me as a guide. The skiing is good until about the beginning of June.”

Stig, Tony Olofsson and skiing legend Frans Klammer together once skied more than 100,000ft in one day, which is probably still the world record for a helicopter lift.

Best skiing wishes
Stig Strand

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