SunValley Heli-Ski

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P.O. Box 978
Sun Valley, ID  83353
(208) 622-3108 / (800) 872-3108
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About SunValley Heli-Ski

Wide open south slopes, tree skiing on north slopes and sparsely treed west and east exposures make the Sun Valley area a skier's paradise. Our terrain is vast, 750 square miles, so we can usually find good, untracked snow days or even weeks after the last storm. Finally, our runs are long, consistent vertical, with very few breaks or flat spots.

This season marks the 47th year of Sun Valley Helicopter Ski Guides, the oldest heli ski operation in the continental United States. Most of the lead guide staff has been involved for half that time. Our group size is small, one guide to four skiers, so we can easily custom tailor your heli-ski adventure. Sun Valley's world famous Bald Mountain is in the heart of our terrain, so no ski time is wasted if weather or snow conditions keep us from flying.

SunValley Heli-Ski Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: No
Years in Business: 47
Capacity Per Trip: 12 to 16
Trips Per Season: 70 trips
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 4
Packages start at: $990.00
Longest Run: 2 miles
Summit: 10,500 Ft / 3,200 M
Base: 5,400 Ft / 1,646 M
Vertical: 5,000 Ft / 1,524 M
Acres: 240,000 Ac / 97,128 Hc
Annual Snow: 300" / 762cm
Season
Starts Around: 12/27/2012
Ends Around: 4/15/2013
The Basics
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: No
Years in Business: 47
Capacity Per Trip: 12 to 16
Trips Per Season: 70 trips
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 4
Packages start at: $990.00
Longest Run: 2 miles
Terrain
Summit: 10,500 Ft / 3,200 M
Base: 5,400 Ft / 1,646 M
Vertical: 5,000 Ft / 1,524 M
Acres: 240,000 Ac / 97,128 Hc
Annual Snow: 300" / 762cm
Season
Starts Around: 12/27/2012
Ends Around: 4/15/2013

Guide Certifications & Experience

All Guides meet the qualifications of the US Heli-Ski Association. OEC or WFR medical. Level II or III Professional Avalanche certification from AAA or CAA. Apprentice for one season. Lead Guides have 20 years or more experience in Sun Valley.

Equipment Used

One A-Star B-2

Ski Areas Nearby

Sun Valley's Bald Mountain

Booking Policy

Reserve by calling 800-872-3108 or e-mail: info@sunvalleyheliski.com. Reservations require 50% deposit. Administrative fees assessed on all cancellations and changes.

Training & Instruction

If any member of your group is apprehensive, a guide would be happy to ski with that person on Bald Mountain to assess if his/her ability is appropriate for the current conditions. Instruction by guides in the backcountry includes, some powder ski technique, proper backcountry ski procedures, helicopter safety, avalanche beacon training. The guides may be able to relay some snowpack information as well.

Packages & Pricing

Our fly-in only Smoky Mountain Lodge is in the heart of our snowiest terrain. Lodge packages start at $40,000 for a group of 8 and include heli-skiing and delicious home-cooked meals. We offer a variety of packages locally with heli-skiing, lift-assisted skiing, and fine lodging in Ketchum starting at $2350 per person. Daily heliskiing is also available at $1199 for 6 runs. Group discounts and charter flights are also available.

What's New

The Smoky Mountain Lodge, beginning its 8th year of serving guests in the heart of our remote terrain which gets 30% to 50% more snow than Sun Valley.

Local Lodging

Sun Valley and Ketchum have a tremendous number of high quality lodging, dining, and shopping opportunites. World-class alpine and nordic skiing opportunities abound.

Nearby Recreation

In addition to Bald Mountain and it's beginner's resort, Dollar Mountain, there is one of the largest nordic trail networks in the country. Sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing...if you can do it in the snow, it's world class in Sun Valley!