Heli Skiing

Zermatt is the heli-skiing capital of Europe. From early February till the end of April the heli’s are busy taking skiers and boarders to one of the many drops in the Swiss Alps. Fast access from Zermatt heliport takes you directly into the un-tracked pitches of the Monte Rosa Massif, Alphubeljoch and Aeschihorn. Alternatively we can ski into the Cervinia heliport or take an Italian helicopter from Testa Grigia and access Château des Dames, Colle del Breuil, Porta Nera, Verra Glacier and Dome des Tsan.

These are memorable days in the wilderness with everything from tight couloirs to wide open, virgin, powder pitches.

Monte Rosa 4,300 m

Departure: Zermatt – Colle del Lys
Difficulty: medium
Itinerary: Colle del Lys, Furi Zermatt via Schwarzergletscher and Gornergletcher
Exposure: North-eastern facing
Panorama: 360° Alps

Highest heli-skiing in Europe! Landing at the Lys pass (4,300 m) just under the Refuge Capanna Margherita, where the sensation is of being able to touch the sky. Descent along the glacier Grenzgletscher to where it meets with the largest Mt Rosa glacier, the Gornergletscher. At the end of this panoramic descent, of north-western exposure, you reach a plain and pass through an enchanting ice canyon where the blue of tiny lakes seem to blend with the sky. Continuing on to Furri (1,850 m).

Zermatt – Alphubeljoch

Skiing in wide open terrain. An amazing experience, where both the scenery and the skiing are spectacular.
Requirements: The ability to make parallel turns in all types of snow, good physical fitness.

Start: 4,200 m
Length of run: 16,000 m
Altitude difference: 2,600 m

Zermatt – Aeschihorn:

The first highlight comes right at the beginning of this amazing day: the flight over the ski area, during which you get a first impression of the magnificent slopes that await you. You ski back down with your experienced guide beneath the captivating 4,000-metre-high mountain peaks.

Roisette 3,300 m

Departure: from Breuil Cervinia
Difficulty: medium
Exposure: Southern facing
Panorama: Monte Rosa – Valtournenche – Val d’Ayas

From this peak, situated between Valtournenche and Valle d’Ayas, a magnificent view is offered over the Mt Rosa mass. Landing just under the peak (3,300 m) and after the first few curves on a difficult slope, it becomes a fast-running descent arriving in the beautiful basin of Cheneil (2,100 m), where time seems to have stopped. In this area, it will be possible to taste the local Aosta valley cuisine. Also, when snow conditions permit, it is possible to ski down to Maën (1,300 m), zig-zagging through the pines and old villages. Return to Cervinia by taxi.

Château des Dames 3,200 m

Departure: from Breuil Cervinia – Colle di Vofrède
Difficulty: medium
Exposure: Northern facing
Panorama: Cervino – Breuil basin

Thanks to the almost completely northern facing exposure, this descent is characterised by consistent powder cover. A classic descent but also one of the best, it is particularly appreciated by snowboarders. Landing at the Vofrède pass (3,200 m), it offers various possibilities, including a steep technical descent. After the last couloir admire the great Cervino then continue on to the trout lake (1,900 m).

Colle del Breuil 3,300 m

Departure: from Breuil Cervinia
Difficulty: medium
Itinerary: via Refuge Oriondé, Cherillon and Montabel glaciers
Exposure: Southern facing
Panorama: Cervino – Breuil basin

Landing at the foot of Mt Cervino (3,300 m) and after having crossed a few gorges, arrival at the Refuge Oriondé. From here skis run fast over the glaciers of Cherillon and Montabel,then drop down to the cross country skiing track in Cervinia (2,000 m). The southern exposure quickly transforms the snow into spring conditions making it an ideal descent for the less experienced powder snow skier.

Porta Nera 3,750 m

Departure: from Breuil Cervinia – Polluce Roccia Nera
Difficulty: hard
Itinerary: Furri Zermatt 1,850 m via Schwarzergletscher and Gornergletscher
Exposure: Northern facing
Panorama: Alps

A magnificent descent on the Mt Rosa massif. Landing between Roccia Nera and Pollux (3,750 m) the descent is along the glacier Schwarzegletscher until it joins with the largest Mt Rosa glacier, the Gornergletscher. The completely northern facing exposure means the snow remains powdery also in spring and it is truly fantastic. Curve after curve crossing near ice crevices that nature has transformed over time into wonderful sculptures. Arriving at Furi (1,850 m) in Switzerland.

Verra Glacier 3,850 m

Departure: from Breuil Cervinia – Col di Verra
Difficulty: medium
Itinerary: Verra plain via Refuges Lambronecca and Mezzalama, Verra glacier
Exposure: Southern facing
Panorama: Pollux – Castor – Mt Rosa

Landing on the Mt Rosa mass between the famous twins: Pollux (4,091 m) and Castor (4,228 m). After admiring the panorama the fantastic descent starts along the Verra glacier, passing by both the Refuge Lambronecca and the historic Refuge Mezzalama, continuing on to the blue lake and finishing this enthusiastic, long descent, with southern exposure, between the trees of the Verra plain (2,500 m). From here it is possible to call the helicopter to re-experience another descent choosing from the Roisette, the Porta Nera or Mt Rosa…or descend to Champoluc (1,700 m), return to Cervinia by taxi.

Dome de Tsan 3,350 m

Departure: from Breuil Cervinia
Difficulty: hard
Itinerary: Lake Cignana 2,100 m, via glaciers “de tsan” and “de Roisette”
Exposure: Southern facing
Panorama: Cervino and Breuil basin

Landing on the glacier “de Tsan” (3,350 m) then continuing onto the glacier “Roisette”. This wild descent is characterised by narrow couloirs and wide valleys, particularly suited to snowboarders. Arriving at the Lake Cignana (2,100 m) where the helicopter picks up and continues on to “Château des Dames” or “la Roisette”.