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3-day Heliboarding Safari from Zermatt to Chamonix

Zermatt
Zermatt

Join IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide Gilbert on a heart-thumping heliboarding adventure from Zermatt to Chamonix in the Swiss Alps!

Not specified

Alps

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Zermatt, Chamonix, Verbier, all well known names in the world of winter sports. And for good reason! The Swiss Alps are one of the most amazing destinations for snowboarding and skiing in the world! Of course, if you want to go to the best slopes you will need some logistics and a good guide. Which is where I come in. With over ten years of mountaineering, it is an integral part of my life. On this 3-day heliboarding safari from Zermatt to Chamonix I would like to share some of that experience with you!

We begin with an airport pickup and then a transfer to Zermatt. There we will have a trip briefing and safety instructions so that we feel confident in any and all situations. Then, the following three days we will enjoy a few different helidrops in locations that will allow us to snowboard or ski down some of the best descents in the Alps! Our itinerary includes different options to cater to your preferences and needs, and also take into consideration weather and snow conditions.  Some of our drop off spots include Tête de Valpelline, Pigne d’Arolla, Rosablanche, Petit Combin, and Trient. All stunning locations for snowboarding!

Of course, these are the Alps so you will need some prior experience and a good fitness level! However, since as it will be a 3-day trip, it will be relatively gentle. I will also be there every step of the way to give you pointers and guide you in the right direction!

Are you ready for some winter fun in the Alps? Then book your place now and join me on this 3-day heliboarding safari from Zermatt to Chamonix! I will be happy to guide you!

Looking for something shorter? Then I suggest you try this unique heliboarding day in the Trient Glacier!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Lift tickets

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Helicopter drops as described

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).

INCLUDED: Helicopter pass for 12000 vertical meter skiing. IFMGA mountain guide with more than 10 years experience.Accommodation in a 3 star hotel in a double room and on bed and breakfast basis (supplement for single room is CHF 320). Full safety equipment with ABS air-bag, transceiver, shovel, probe and harness. Transfer with our minibus from Geneva or Sion Airport to Zermatt and return.

Transfer from your hotel to the helipad and return from the bottom of the run to your hotel. All luggage transfers between hotels and resorts. All ski lift passes in Zermatt, Arolla, Verbier, necessary to reach the helicopter pick up points. Video or photos of the trip.

NOT INCLUDED: Drinks. Cancellation insurance.


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

We will meet at Geneva or Sion Airport at around 5.00 pm. From there. we will be transferred to Zermatt. Once we are settled, we will have a trip briefing and instructions on how to use the safety equipment with ABS air-bag, radio, and transceivers.

Day 2: Tête de Valpelline

We will start off with a Klein Mattherhorn Champoluc descent. Then, a helicopter will drop us off at Tête de Valpelline (3800 m). From there we snowboard down the  La Sage descent, one of the most beautiful in the alps. Finally, we will spend the night in Arolla / La Sage

Day 3: Pigne d'Arolla or Rosablanche

On day three we have two options:

1- We will begin the day with a helidrop on Pigne d’Arolla (3796 m). Then, we will enjoy the Arolla descent. We can also go for a second helidrop in this area or try some off-piste snowboarding. Finally, we will spend the night in Arolla/ La Sage

2- We will start the day with a helidrop on  Rosablanche (3336 m). Then we will enjoy the Verbier descent and try some off-piste snowboarding in the area of Verbier 4 Vallees. We will spend the night in Verbier.

Day 4: Petit Combin or Trient

On our last day, we will also have to options:

1-We will start with a helidrop on Petit Combin (3600 m).  Then we will have the possibility of a second helidrop or off-piste snowboarding in Verbier. Overnight in Verbier.

Or

2- We will kick off with a helidrop on Trient (3280 m).  From there, we will descent to the village of Tour (Chamonix). Finally, we will return to the airport.

 

Details

Accommodation

3 star hotel in a double room and on bed and breakfast basis. Supplement for a single room is CHF 320.

More info

  • A video or photos of the trip are included in the price.
  • Full safety equipment with ABS air-bag, transceiver, shovel, probe and harness are included.
  • If you are interested in doing several extra runs, please mention this when you make your reservation.
  • The average ski run is roughly 2000 vertical meters and it takes around 90 to 180 minutes to complete it, depending on your ability and on the itinerary.

Meeting point

Geneva or Sion Airport.

About the guide

I have been the owner of the mountain guide office since 2004. My father was a mountain guide and I grew up in the Val d’ Hérens. I live now for many years in Verbier. I graduated from the l'école hôtelière de Lausanne in 1993 and then began my mountain guide training. Well travelled I have guided through the mountains of the Andes, the Himalayas, Alaska, Turkey and Greenland. I'm also a Swiss Snow Sports graduate and a dual paragliding pilot.

Languages

German | French | English

Certificates

IFMGA

Residence

Verbier


What people are saying about -Gilbert Crettaz

Dan Sleater

5.00

April, 2022

Gilbert was great company and found a really cool location despite difficult conditions off piste

Anonymous

4.00

February, 2020

Plus de temps doit être consacré à la familiarisation de l'équipement qu'on portait dans nos sacs, pelle, sonde. Quoi faire si le guide est emporté par une avalanche, une deuxième radio devrait être porté par un des clients, comment utiliser les émetteurs de détresse lors d'une recherche.

Edward P.

5.00

April, 2017

It was unreal thanks for a great day you guys are the best!! Can't wait to ski within you again!

Julia M.

5.00

March, 2017

Hi Gilbert, Thank you for the photographs and a great morning Heliskiing. Thanks and kind regards,

Bruno H.

5.00

March, 2017

Bonjour Anne-Françoise, La sortie de samedi dernier m’a entièrement ravi : excellente ambiance, baptême de l’air paisible, parcours de toute beauté sous l’œil attentif et encourageant de Peter, bref un grand moment de ski, en prime sous un ciel parfaitement dégagé ! Bravo pour l’organisation, en ce compris la navette de retour et la livraison sur place des packs de sécurité. Merci pour tout et….à la prochaine !!!

Marie & Brad

5.00

March, 2017

Hello Gilbert, Thank you very much for such an incredible and memorable ski day! What an experience for our first time - we will definitely do this again. We felt very safe with your knowledge and guiding experience. I do believe the snow gods were on our side that day and week...tremendous! Many thanks again for a fantastic adventure!

Joris K.

5.00

February, 2017

Hi Gilbert, thanks again for a top day heliskiing with you and your team.

André M.

5.00

February, 2017

Cher Gilbert, Juste un petit mot pour vous remercier au nom de mon fils Axel pour cette merveilleuse journée que vous lui avez fait passer dans nos belles montagnes valaisannes. En plus avec un groupe sympathique, c’est une journée qui restera gravé dans sa mémoire avant qu’il ne reparte hier soir pour reprendre le cours de ses études. En vous réitérant mes remerciements, Meilleures salutations,

David E.

5.00

February, 2017

Hi Gilbert, I wanted to drop you and Cédric a thank you note. You have had a crazy patience with all my complicated wishes and you really helped making it happen. I really appreciated you help and it was a super great experience, something I will not forget. We felt extremely comfortable with your guidance and hopefully there will be a chance to go on another tour in the future. I am now officially addicted to the deep snow experience J. If you need a client statement from you on your website or anything, just let me know. Happy to do so. I can also post something on social media…. Cheers and thanks again!

Jiri, Jan, Petr & Petr

5.00

February, 2017

Hi Gilbert, We are back home. We want to thank you once again. In our companies we are used to cooperate with profis and you are a real profesional. The last 3 days in Verbier were exciting, even demanding. Thank you very much and have a good and safe season!!!

Stavros

5.00

January, 2017

Some times u meet people you call "mentors" in your work, or in your life. Very proud of the book of my friend and free-ride instructor for the last 8 years! In the book marked the steepest couloir I ever ride in my life (couloir d'Arpette). Thank you Gilbert


 

 

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