What is Heli skiing?
Helicopter skiing, abbreviated as heli skiing is an adventurous winter sport for those who love to explore nature. Heli skiing involves the use of Helicopter for reaching the skiing spots which are not accessible by any other mean. As it requires more technical and physical strength so it is always advised for skilled skiers.
History of Heli Skiing-
Generally the credit of starting Heli skiing is given to Hans Gmoser, a mountain guide in Canada. He started heli skiing in 1965 in the Bungaboo Mountains of British Columbia with his company named Canadian Mountain Holidays.
But some thoughts are also give that this sport is originated in late 50s or early 60s in Alaska, Wyoming or Utah.
Heli skiing spots in Himachal Pradesh-
Manali is recognised as potential spot for heli skiing in Himachal Pradesh. To reach the height of about 6500 m is really can be a thrilling experience for skiing lovers. Regions where heli skiing can be enjoyed in Manali includes-
Experience of Heli skiing in Manali-
With open sky, snow all around, unreachable height and adventure of skiing are the things which make this experience really special and memorable for life time. For the first timer it can prove to be an experience which can't be forgotten in whole life time. The heli skiing spots of Manali are considered as best area for Heli skiing in Himalayas.
Heli skiing packages in Manali –
All the heli skiing packages are similar in Manali, which include-
Precautions and equipments required for Heli skiing-
There is more risk involved in Heli skiing than conventional skiing; particularly the risk of avalanche is a major concern. Companies which provide heli skiing also have a staff to monitor weather and the staff which monitors and decide whether Heli skiing can be done on the particular day or not.
Safety of the skiers is also ensured by the certified guides, experienced pilots, proper medical facilities and backup from the India Air Force.
Here is the list of equipments which must be carried by a skier while going for the Heli skiing-
So in the end, I only want to say that although it is an expensive sport but it can be life time experience for those who can spend high money and love adventure. Your winter trip will be full of some thrilling skiing stories if you opt for Heli skiing this winter.