Heliskiing with a guide in Arolla or Verbier

Enjoy one or several days of powder and some of the best ski runs of the Valais, heliskiing on the Pigne d'Arolla with Gilbert, an IFMGA mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

7 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Rising to a height of 3796 metres, the Pigne d’Arolla is the highest heliskiing drop-off point around Verbier.

    It is the favourite mountain for 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 is majestic and unreal.

    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. 

    I usually take my client to 2 heli drops (Pigne d’Arolla + Rosablanche), leaving either from Verbier either from Arolla.

    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.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    2700 CHF

    Group of 2
    1350 CHF

    Group of 3
    920 CHF

    Group of 4
    850 CHF

    Group of 5
    800 CHF

    Group of 6
    770 CHF

    Group of 7
    750 CHF

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Flight to the start of the trip
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    The meeting point is usually at the heliport of Le Chable or from the bottom of the Savoleyres cable car.

    More info

    - 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.

     

    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.

     
     
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    What People are Saying about Gilbert Crettaz

    • 1 review

     

    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 !!!
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    Bruno H.
     

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