It is preferable to use wide skis (minimum 90mm wide) to increase floatation on powder snow. Snowboarders should choose a long and wide board to avoid getting stuck.
It´s not necessary to be a good skier in order to do heliski. If you know how to turn keeping your skis parallel, you can do heliski. Over and above, so that you can enjoy and make the most of you heliski experience, it is preferable you are in good physical condition.
The helicopter can carry a maximum of 6 persons: the pilot, the guide, plus 4 persons. So it is preferable to form a group of 4 people, but you also book your seat individually. A certified guide leads each group.
The average vertical drop of the runs is approximately 700m. The runs can vary from 600 and 1,000 meters vertical drop.
The Val d'Aran offers over 400-km2 skiable terrains, at 3,000 to 1,500 meters altitude, without any landing restriction points. Therefore, it offers endless possibilities over 120 runs, distributed in five areas, making it possible to adapt our trips to conditions and to all kind of skier’s requirements.
For a group in good physical condition and with good off-piste skiing technique, it is possible to do up to 12/13 rotations in one day that would be around of 8,500/9,500 meters vertical drop.
The first descents are very close to the heliport, it takes roughly 4 or 5 minutes to reach the top of the mountain.
We could say we have two seasons: the cold season, which is from December to the end of February, then from March to April we enjoy spring snow conditions. The season can starts early in December and usually ends late April.
The fastest way to get to Val d'Aran is flying to Tarbes or Toulouse. Val d'Aran is 1.30- 2.00h from these two French airports. From Barcelona, the drive takes around 4h 30min.
We work with TAF Helicopters which was originally an aviation operator founded in 1959. It currently has more than 200,000 flight hours registered. In addition, since 2009, it is involved in heli-skiing, with more than 400 hours of flight all with the highest standards of quality and safety. Furthermore, TAF Helicopters is the only Spanish company that has the AE31, a specific authorization needed to do Heli-skiing. During all these years, many institutions both public and private, have trusted TAF helicopters to prepare different kinds of operations and for the maintenance of helicopters: Emergency Operation Services, civil protection, sanitation services, industry technical support, measurements of snow, air taxis, heliski, broadcasts, films...
Helicopters used for heli-skiing are Eurocopters B3 (AS350B3): an aircraft that has proven to be ideal for this activity. It is the only aircraft capable of landing on summits such as Everest.
There are 2 helicopters, because if something unexpected happens to any of them, the other one is always available.
Heliskiing pilots have a minimum of 2,000 flight hours. They have completed a specific course that enables them to fly in mountainous terrain and they know the mountains where we work perfectly.
Eurocopter Company is responsible for the maintenance of the entire fleet of TAF Helicopters. That way we ensure a comprehensive quality service.