Heli Skiing Spain
Heli Skiing Spain

Heli-Skiing in Spain

Arties is one of a string of charming mountain villages situated in the picturesque Aran valley in the Spanish / Catalan Pyrenees. Despite being closer to the Mediterranean it has a predominantly Atlantic climate and its main river the Garonne flows north into the Atlantic near Bordeaux.

The Val d ’Aran is a Catalan territory that was largely isolated until 1948 when the Vielha tunnel opened. Today it still maintains its own firm sense of identity, its own language (Aranese), culture and cuisine. It is an area of incredible natural beauty, rich in flora and fauna and with a history dating back to the 12th century stone churches that are dotted around the valley.

This is the most accessible heliskiing in Europe and, whether you are diehard off-piste skiers or a family wanting to take your teenagers on a heliskiing experience, the Pyrenees offer a unique for a long weekend (or short week) skiing or snowboading experience.

Skiing Fit For Royalty

Baqueira –Beret, Spain’s most popular ski resort and a firm favourite of the Spanish royal family is located just 8 kilometres from Arties. If you want to be close to the ski lifts and the helicopter this is an excellent option. In comparison with the popular resorts of the Alps, Baqueira–Beret is empty and inexpensive. Quite why, we have no idea. The food and hotels are fantastic, it is uncrowded, easy to reach, snow-sure and has slopes for all levels. And with the Spanish not being famed as early risers, if you get to the lifts before ten you may as well be skiing at your own private ski resort.


The Lowdown

400 km2 of Exclusive Heli-Ski Terrain

In contrast to the Swiss and Italian Alps the unique thing about heli-skiing in Spain is that you can take off, ski and land anywhere within the 400 square kilometres of exclusive heli-ski terrain. In short, you go where the best snow and weather are and where no one else is about to drop in and poach your line.

First Class Hotels and Restaurants

From the atmospheric and rustic to the luxurious and decadent we have a wide range of beautiful hotels to choose from. For food lovers the valley has a superb choice of restaurants.

Low Cost Introduction

With lots of moderate terrain and an easily accessible world class ski resort on your doorstep this is a relatively low cost introduction to heli skiing that is compatible with a regular family ski. Pack the kids off to ski school while mum and dad go heli-skiing (or take the teenagers with you).

Total Flexibility

Choose your own dates and duration. Do a little (or a lot) of heliskiing and combine it with resort skiing in Baqueira or ski-touring (with optional heli "bumps"). Choose from a 5-star hotel with a spa or a more intimate boutique hotel.

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