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The Best Destinations for Heli-Skiing

There’s nothing like heli-skiing to access the best, untouched powder in destinations that offer relentless thrills. From slaloming down the flanks of active volcanoes to exploring the imperious ranges of the Antarctic continent, here are the best heli-skiing destinations.

Heli-Skiing In Sweden

When to go: March – May

Where to stay: Meteorologen Boutique Hotel

Just over 100 miles north of the polar circle sits an undisturbed skiing paradise at the border between Norway and Sweden. These spectacular slopes boast incredible views in all directions, and later in the season, the opportunity to ski until late under the Midnight Sun. Ski from sky to sea with views of the Norwegian fjords, and heli-assisted skiing—either semi-private or totally private—for the ultimate, uninterrupted ski experience.

Base your stay at Meteorologen Boutique Hotel, a quaint, century-old timber building that was once a meteorology station and has since been restored into a quaint hotel with excellent, locally sourced cuisine.  

Image credits: Arctic Elements

Heli-Skiing In Greenland

When to go: April – June

What to charter: BALTO

Traverse wild, unexplored terrain and giant mountainous areas in Greenland, home to the ultimate arctic ski experience.

Best explored from a yacht such as BALTO as your basecamp and with the added benefit of a helicopter to get you to the most inaccessible slopes, you’ll be skiing from a mountain’s summit all the way down to the edge of the water.

Svalbard, Greenland Heli-skiing, credit Arctic Elements

“Our guests adore heli skiing in Greenland, the combination of remote runs, midnight sun and extraordinary terrain means we can maximize every opportunity. A yacht is a fantastic base of operations, and we frequently utilize every asset onboard to ensure that every member of the party was able to experience something special on every day of the expedition. From kayaking in winding fjords, to bathing in secluded hot springs, or enjoying a full dining experience at the summit of a glacier, every age is catered to and this results in a truly memorable trip.”

Elise Ciappara
Head of Yachting at Pelorus

Image credit: Arctic Elements

Heli Skiing The Inaccessible Antarctica 

When to go: May – August

Where to stay: Whichaway Camp

The White Desert must be the world’s most enticing heli-skiing destination. Beyond simply skiing, this is also a trip of exploration involving extra lengths to gain access and then witness a rarely seen landscape and wholly unique ecosystem.

Thankfully, you brought your skis.

Start rapidly notching up your tally of first descents, ski past penguin colonies, and take your helicopter to the upper reaches of the immense Transantarctic Mountains.

Heli-Skiing in Northern Iceland

When to go: February – June

Where to stay: Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula

With runs descending from powdery summit to black sand, Iceland’s Tröllaskagi Peninsula distinguishes itself as Europe’s number one heli-skiing destination.

On your adventure here, you’ll enjoy exclusive use of Deplar Farm. From this luxurious outpost, you’ll take to the skies above this remote Nordic wonderland taking in its rugged coastline, snaking fjords, and rugged hinterland a photographic negative of black crags and white snow.

There’s something for every ability in Tröllaskagi, whether mellow valleys for the easygoing skier or heart-stopping near-verticals for the adrenaline junky. After a day exploring this utterly remote heli-ski paradise, sink into Deplar’s geothermic pools as you prepare for a meal with wine pairing to round off another incredible day.