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Monte Rosa heliski

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Wondered if anyone has experience of this. I have chance for an off piste week in Alagna with a days Heliskiing which looks p damn good Smile .
I have ski'd Alagna/Gressoney before so have an idea of the area.

Any feed back be welcomed before I hit the commit button Smile
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Having normally skinned up in the past, on our trip last year, due to non-touring members in our group, we took a heli up to the top and can thoroughly recommend it! Allowed us to do the (classic?) day tour to Zermatt and back via Champoluc (without a heli, I don't think there's time - you need to stay in a hut the night before - although someone please correct me if I'm wrong!) Straightforward skiing but an amazing route - there's still a bit of skinning at the top of the Zermatt lift to get back over although perhaps it can be walked? Numerous other possibilities of course but there are a lot more knowledgeable people than me on here who can advise!
Ed
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Enjoyed heliskiing from Gressoney last year and the year before, both times taking off from the Salati Pass and skiing down into Alagna (different routes each time). Would thoroughly recommend it. Having said that, it's far cheaper (and almost as much fun!) to skin up. Will be back again this coming season.
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I posted my thoughts from last year in this thread: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2692016&highlight=#2692016

In summary, they seem to use heli drops as a means to get high quickly and avoid skinning, rather than the multi-drop style in Canada etc
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I know it's a bit open to chance but if possible don't book the heli day in advance.
If you have a crappy snow week, wind, melt etc you might get a few turns at the top and expensive horrid snow for the rest.
If you get out there and its looking good then book in, generally there will be a flight or a space free unless you arrive at the end of a no fly week then you will find herds of rabid Austrians braying around the booking office.
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The best heli drop I did in Alagna was onto the top skiable slopes in the valley to the far right (looking up), that you get to the bottom slopes of by skiing the Malfatta. There isn't any way to skin to that from the lifts.


we were dropped extreme top right just below cliff. Alagna skiing is beyond large cliffs on left (site of my "Victoria Fall") and Malfatta just out of sight to the left of those.


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Thanks for feedback folks, great shots snowball, looks fantastic.

However plans have altered slightly since post . Unfortunately the timing wasn't so great for the trip inc the Heliski day and after much torment I have let the place go.

Instead I've grabbed the last place on an off piste week in the Italian Dolomites , staying in Ponte di Legno ( Passo Tonale ) in the Adamello ski region.
Supposedly the 'new' free ride area..
9th Jan so fingers crossed for lots of snow..Smile

And when I'm skinning up the mountain I can think of the money I'm saving rolling eyes
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@scarbski, fantastic choice if you have a guide who knows how to get to the good off piste. Though I only know the Sella Ronda and associated offshoots plus Cortina.


This is quite a wide couloir which gives you an idea of the scale.
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Oooh, time to wax the skis up Smile

We have guides, same ones who are normally based in Alagna but apparently have spent a lot of time reccying the region .

Andrea & Boris, who I have skied with before.
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