Heli Skiing History

January 5, 2012

Heli-Skiing history began with Hans Gmoser, a mountain guide from Austria is generally credited to have started heli-skiing back in 1965 in British Columbia. Evidence also suggests that heli skiing may have even taken place in the late 1950s or early 60s in Alaska, Wyoming or Utah based on old photos in ski books.

Years back, taking a helicopter to remote places for the chance to ski untracked powder runs was seen as something for only the most daring. Today Heli-Skiing has become a socially acceptable form of family fun. Ski movies like those put out by Warren Miller show heli skiers navigating only the most extreme terrain. Although those lines are accessible via chopper, the majority of heli-skiers are intermediate skiers looking for an experience. Whether it’s the idea of riding in a helicopter through some of the most beautiful heli skiing terrain in the world, skiing incredibly long runs of totally untracked powder and not seeing another soul the whole time besides those in your group, then Alaska heli skiing should be a viable option for your next family vacation.

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