The Heliski Journal

  • Powder skiing in Chamonix

    Early Season Conditions Update

    By Elemental Adventure •

    It is only early December and already we have been neck-deep in powder on several occassions over the past few weeks. WIth our first trip to Siberia leaving at the end of the week we hope to continue as we started.

  • The Mighty Himalayas

    Pick of the Month - December 2019

    By Elemental Adventure •

    The aim of these weeks is simple: to ski or snowboard seldom if ever visited areas of Himachal Pradesh, laying tracks down virgin slopes of powder snow and staying at lodges, tented camps, rest houses and private village homes along the way. This is pure, untamed adventure.

  • Heliskiing in Siberia

    Deep in Siberia

    By Elemental Adventure •

    After a recent cold snap of minus 30 degrees, the temperatures had moderated to a more comfortable minus 10 to minus 15 and we were greeted with blue skies and some of the most spectacular snow conditions any of us had ever experienced - deep, dry, cold Siberian smoke...

  • Sun rise in helicopter cockpit

    Pick of the Month - October 2019

    By Elemental Adventure •

    With its proximity to Whistler, Tyax Lodge is the perfect destination for anyone wanting to combine a few days of resort skiing with some genuine, wilderness heli-skiing.

  • Deep in Patagnoia

    Pick of The Month - September 2019

    By Elemental Adventure •

    The southern hemisphere season is still going strong and and with one of the deepest snowpacks in South America, Patagonia is the place to be.

  • Heli-skiers arrive at yellow helicopter

    Heli-Ski Safari

    By Jonas Ernevi •

    This is not your regular Canadian heli-skiing. This is big wild northern British Columbia and compared to southern BC with all of its heli-ski operations sandwiched together; it’s like a different country.

  • Roaring fire inside Spirit Bear Chalet

    The Platinum Experience

    By James Morland •

    Where under-stated 5-star luxury merges seamlessly with the rugged Canadian wild to create one of the most refined luxury heli-ski experiences available today.

  • Steep heli-skiing in BC

    Steep Heli-Skiing

    By James Morland •

    Bored of big commercial heliski operations with their over-sized groups and flat runs? Ready to step it up a notch and challenge some genuinely steep terrain? You are in the right place - almost.

  • heliskiers on beach in Greenland

    Ocean-Side Skiing

    By James Morland •

    Skiing or snowboarding knee-deep powder with a group of friends on a beautiful bluebird day is pretty special but stick that run above the ocean with a helicopter waiting on the beach and it quickly becomes extraordinary.

  • Niehku Mountain Villa under northern lights

    Pick of The Month - February

    By Elemental Adventure •

    The winter season is already in full swing but we stil have a handful of spots left in 2019. Here are our top two picks of what's left in 2019 along with a little something to sweeten the deal.

  • Unlimited Vertical – a good thing?

    By James Morland •

    ...“100,000 vertical feet, 8 hours of flying time, 36 runs...unlimited vertical... Even to the most seasoned heli-skier untangling what this all means in terms of value for money and how much fun you are going to have, can be tricky. Here’s our guide to what it all means and a few potential pros and cons of each system.

  • Flying over Tordrillo Mountains in Alaska

    Pick of the Month - November

    By Jonas Ernevi •

    Here’s a roundup of some of the last few remaining spots for 2019 that have caught our eye.

  • Warren Miller's Face of Winter

    Face of Winter - Warren Miller Film Tour

    By Elemental Adventure •

    IT'S BACK! Warren Miller’s latest ski and snowboard movie, Face of Winter kicks off its world tour. The show features a whole host of people and places close to our heart with awesome footage shot in Iceland, Chamonix, Alaska, Chile and many more...

  • helicopter skiing greenland

    Winter is Coming

    By Elemental Adventure •

    Winter is only just around the corner. We've been getting distracted looking at photos and have selected a few to get you in the mood.

  • Deep powder skiing

    The Driest Snow on Earth?

    By James Morland •

    That super-low density, smoky dry ‘champagne’ powder. The pinnacle of powder skiing right? We're not so sure.......

  • Pick of the month

    By Elemental Adventure •

    The first turns of winter are only a couple of month's away. This month we've homed in on a couple of prime spots that are still available for the 2019 season...and in some cases there is a little something extra to sweeten the deal.

  • Cat skiing backup – A good idea?

    Cat skiing backup – A good idea?

    By Elemental Adventure •

    We often get asked whether this or that heliski lodge has ‘cat skiing backup’. If it's somewhere we send people the answer is almost certainly no. There's a good reason why...

  • Andrzej Bargiel world first ski descent of K2

    World’s first ski descent of K2

    By Lisa Auer •

    On July 22nd, 2018, 30-year-old Polish ski mountaineer, Andrzej Bargiel became the first person to ski down from the summit of K2, the world’s second highest peak.