Rising to a height of 3,796 metres, the Pigne d’Arolla is the highest heliskiing drop-off point around Verbier.
It is the favourite mountain of heli-ski purists and snowboarders as most of the runs are on a steady gradient and all converge upon the Arolla heliport, making several drop-offs a day possible. This is why the Arolla area is often called Switzerland’s “Little Canada”.
Combining the Pigne d’Arolla with a second drop-off on the Rosablanche returning by ski to the slopes of the 4 Vallées is a great option from Verbier.
The northern slopes of the Pigne d’Arolla overlook the Val d’Hérens and the village of Arolla, the southern descend gently down to the Val de Bagnes via the Brenay Glacier whilst the north-eastern slopes plunge into the famous Grande Dixence Lake.
The classic itinerary takes us down to the Vignettes refuge and onto the Pièces Glacier. The Alpine scenery of the Tsijiore Nouve is majestic and unreal.
The famous north face of the mountain, which can be admired longingly from Arolla, is an “extreme run” with some sections steeper than 50 degrees. This was skied for the first time in 1974 by André Anzévui and in 1998 I was the first to snowboard down.
Skinning options via the Col de l’Evêque and the Col des Ignes are perfect for those who like their touring.
Heliskiing there with an IFMGA mountain guide is compulsory.
We usually have 2 helidrops (Pigne d’Arolla + Rosablanche), leaving either from Verbier either from Arolla.
We organize also 3 and 6-day heliskiing packages staying in a hotel in Arolla. The helicopter picks us up in front of the hotel and brings us in 5 minutes on top of Pigne d’Arolla and in max 15 minutes on the 4000m peaks around Zermatt, Gressoney and Verbier. This central location gives us the choice to move and to ski the best snow between Matterhorn and Trient. There are 12 peaks around to land and 50 different runs.
Feel free to contact me if you want more information about guided heliskiing tours around Verbier. If you decide to book with us, you will either go with me or another expert from our IFMGA certified mountain guides’ team in Verbier.
Price per person
|Group of 2||1350CHF|
|Group of 3||920CHF|
|Group of 4||850CHF|
|Group of 5||800CHF|
|Group of 6||770CHF|
|Group of 7||750CHF|
- Guiding fee