Best Heli-skiing in the World

Heli-skiing - the ultimate ride, with untracked pristine powder snow, no lift queues, spectacular vistas and the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.

Bored of the pistes? not enough challenge? well, if you get the opportunity, try heli-skiing, it's an experience you'll never forget. There are some very interesting places around the world to try out heli-skiing such as the , Greenland and even the high glacial basin of the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal. However, these areas tend to be for the die hard heli-skiers and boarders as there are very few with ski resorts to return back to!

In this article, we feature some of the best places outside of Europe to go heli-skiing including those remote areas where there is not a ski resort in sight! From the Atlas mountains of Morocco, Tien Shan mountains in Central Asia and Kashmir in India to the frozen lands of Alaska and Greenland, heli-skiing takes you on an adrenalin trip you wont forget!

The resorts feaured below are just examples of what you can expect when heli-skiing in a particular region. For further information on the best locations for heli-skiing and the operators who organise the package holidays, please click on the "more information" buttons.

Kangaamiut, Greenland

At a glance Heli-skiing in Greenland

Main ski areas Maniitsoq, Unmmannaq
Resort height Sea level
Best time March - May
Longest run 2000m
Ave run length 1000m
Highest peak 2000m
Main airport Kangerlussuaq

With fjords and glaciers everywhere, the scenery is spectacular and being north of the Arctic Circle means long days from April onwards - which coincides with the start of the heli-skiing season!

The north slopes offer powder whilst south facing slopes deliver spring corn snow. The terrain is varied from short steep couloirs to traversing across mighty glaciers with many runs ending up at the beach!

Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

At a glance Heli-skiing in Kyrgyzstan

Main ski area Suusamyr, Too-Ashuu
Resort height 2960m
Best time April, May
Longest run 2000m
Ave run length 1200m
Highest drop-off 4000
Nearest airport Bishkek (135km)

Kyrgyzstan is basically a country of spectacular peaks and is home to the largest mountain range in Asia, the Tien Shan system otherwise known as the Celestial Mountains.

With annual snow dumps of upto 22m there is never any danger of skiing on grass. The main heli-ski areas are Suusamyr - a vast valley south of Bishkek (the capital) and Karakol, known for its fantastic snow conditions.

Whistler - Blackcomb, Canada

At a glance Resort Guide

Ski resort Whistler
Resort height 675m
Best time Dec - April
Longest run length 2200m
Ave run length 750m
Highest drop-off 2900m
Nearest airport Vancouver (115km)

With 432,000 acres to explore, 90% of the world's heli-skiing takes place in British Columbia, Canada which is no surprise given the vast wilderness, glaciers and stacks of powder.

Whistler ski resort is arguably one of the best ski resorts as a base for heli-skiing with access to over 170 glaciers and 475 drop-off sites.

Oukaimeden, Morocco

At a glance Resort Guide

Ski resort Oukaimeden
Resort height 2600m
Best time March, April
Longest run 1200m
Average run length 1200m
Highest drop-off 4167m
Nearest airport Marrakech (65km)

Unbelievable but true - heli-skiing just outside Marrakech high up in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. When the conditions are good, heli-skiing here rivals that of the Canadian Rockies or the wilderness of Alaska.

Oukaimeden is home to Africa's highest ski lift at 3258m and second highest peak, Jebel Toubkal at 4167m, after Kilimanjaro.

India - Gulmarg, Kashmir

At a glance Gulmarg Resort Guide

Ski resort Gulmarg
Resort height 2650m
Best time March - May
Longest run 5000m
Ave run length 2000m
Highest drop-off 4745m
Nearest airport Srinagar (45km)

Heli skiing in Kashmir takes skiing to new heights - literally!. With unlimited drop-off points that plunge you into steep and wide open snow fields starting on Sunset Peak at 4745m, heli-skiing can rival the best.

After skiing off the world's second highest gondola lift at 3979m on Mt. Apharwat, heli-skiing is the natural next step with 66 peaks over 3000m and 22 over 4000m, the options are endless!

Aosta Valley, Italy

At a glance Heli-skiing in Italy

Main ski areas Aosta Valley
Resort height 1224m
Best time March - May
Longest run 1800m
Ave vertical 1300m - 1800m
Highest peak 3800m
Main airport Geneva (100km)

With heli-skiing being banned in France, Italy is a natural choice for exploring the high peaks around the Monte Bianco and Monte Rosa massifs.

Heli-skiing on the Italian side of Monte Bianco, easily accessed via the Mont Blanc tunnel that connects the pretty ski resorts of Chamonix and Courmayeur, takes you around the mighty peaks of the Aosta Valley and into the 4000m peaks around Gressoney and Valgrisenche near Monte Rosa.