So, we all know about fix wings jobs, why not learn more about the rotorwing world?
Here’s the 1st part of a series I think I’m going start called “The Helicopter Industry” which will share different operations through out the helicopter world! If anyone has anything that they would be interested about let me know!
So here’s #1! Heli Skiing!
This year we have the honour to provide four AS350B3s to the Valdez Heli Ski Guides, located out in Valdez, Alaska.
(Our AS350B3 Coming in from a run)
(Our AS350B3 supporting Valdez Heli Ski Guides)
What is Heli Skiing?
heli-skiing is an activity of downhill skiing / snowboarding which takes place in untouched snow, on remote mountainsides, away from the groomed slopes of a ski resort. What separates heli-skiing from other types of freeriding and backcountry skiing is that skiers and snowboarders are flown by helicopter to the top of these remote slopes. Typically the AS350B3 is used to support heli ski operations, though not limited. Companies also can use the Bell 212, the MI8, and the Bell 407!
Dangers of flying heli skiing:
One of the pilots who works with us says it’s probably the hardest flying you could do, you are in avalanche country, landing on the top can cause white out conditions to the helicopter due. A lot of stuff happening all at once but yet extreme safety measures are taken place to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Where’s the best place to go heliskiing at?!
As a guy living in Alaska, I must be bias and say, Alaska is one!
Canada also has a ton of Heli Skiing Operations. Same as, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, India, and Russia these are part of the “top 12 best heli skiing place” according to CNN.
Here’s a great video made by The New York Times!