A huge amount of exciting runs await you!
Heliskiing in Lombardy? Who would have thought that there are still some alluring spots in the Alps for heliskiing. For many years we’ve very much appreciated the beauty that Valtellina in northern Italy has to offer. Valtellina is one of the longest valleys in the alps, stretching from Lago di Como in the west and to the Ortler mountains in the east. Many of its side valleys in the north form a border to the Bernina Range and Switzerland. It is here in these valleys that we find some of the most spectacular runs, which we can easily and quickly reach by helicopter.
Lombardy proves that you don’t have to travel far to find a perfect heliskiing location. Being able to drive to Lombardy by car, and knowing that amazing terrain as well as the finest Valtellinian cuisine awaits you are just some of the comforts and highlights that this experience has to offer.
After arriving at the beautiful Hotel le Case dei Baff, you will be given a briefing of the heliskiing program and protocol to ensure that you are all set for the next day. Snow and weather conditions will dictate the location for the day. So that our flying time can be efficiently put to use on the days that we need it, we may choose to travel 30 minutes by car to one of the side valleys on other days. Many of our skiing locations are accessible by means of a short flight from our base, which is situated five minutes away from the hotel.
On days when weather or snow does not permit flying, we are able to check out some of the skiing areas that are close by – Pescegallo and Prato Valentino are two of our favourite secret spots. After an eventful day we will return to the hotel, where we can enjoy what the exquisite Valtellinian cuisine has to offer. After four days of skiing, it will be time to set off on the journey home.
Helicopter & Flying
On this trip we use a well-known and trusted local helicopter company. Our piolets, Teo and Tedy, are skilled and experienced professionals, with excellent knowledge of our areas. We use a Eurocopter AS 350, which has proven itself to be the best choice for our heliskiing operations. It offers space for four guests, one guide, and one piolet per flight. Should we be unable to fly due to unfavourable conditions or the risk of avalanches, you will be reimbursed with 130 EUR per unused flight hour. The slight difference between the reimbursed hours and extra flight hours results from having the helicopter ready and on standby.
Our hotel of choice since winter 2018 has been Hotel le Case dei Baff, a wonderful and rustic active farm. We are situated directly in Valtellina and are just five minutes away from the helicopter base. The hotel showcases its own produce, serving ‘bresaola’, a salted beef, from its own drying cellar, and even produces 9000 bottles of fine red wine for its own restaurant. On entering the stylish restaurant, you will already be able to smell the fine food. We are certain that you will have a warm and comfortable stay with family Cerasa at their hotel. www.lecasedeibaff.com
Requirements and Skiing Equipment
A good skiing technique in all terrains and snow conditions is necessary. We also recommendfreeride skiing equipment (min. 95mm under the binding).
Bad Weather Days / Down Days
Should unfavourable conditions or the risk of avalanches not permit flying, we will be able to reach the skiing resorts Pescegallo and Prato Valentino within 45 minutes. After skiing we would also have the possibility of attending a wine tasting at one of the local vineyards.
The access from the north to the Valtellina is a bit more difficult in winter time. In order to get to Ardenno, where our hotel is located, you need need to drive either via St. Moritz and the Maloja pass or through the Gotthard tunnel via Lugano and lake Como to Ardenno.
Nearest airport is Milan Malpensa.
The minimum number of clients for this trip is 8 pax, the maximum 12 pax.
Included in the Price of 3300 EUR
- 4 nights in the Hotel le Case dei Baff. Double room with half board
- 4 days accompanied by a UIAGM certified mountain guide
- 1 UIAGM certified mountain guide to 4 clients and max. 3 groups
- 11 hours of flight time (with 12 clients) and approximately 20 to 25 runs
- All necessary flight and border permits for the heliski operation
- The hire of safety equipment (Scott Alpride avalanche airbag system, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, Scott Alpride avalanche airbag system) – N.B. please let us know 30 days in advance if safety equipment is required.
- Outward journey
- Lunch and beverages
- Additional flight hours (190 EUR per hour per person)
- 40 EUR surcharge for single rooms
Meeting Requirements and Fitness Level
A realistic self-assessment and an appropriate fitness level is required to join our trips. In order to enjoy a long day of skiing and to reduce the risk of injury, it is important to get in shape and possess a good level of fitness.
Current Country-Specific Information, Vaccines and Health
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Please note that there is a potential risk of injury on skiing trips. In addition to travel cancellation insurance, comprehensive medical and accident insurance that cover the costs of search and rescue, as well as transport costs, are imperative. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are insured before departure.
Comprehensive medical and accident insurance that covers potential costs of search and rescue operations as well as any medical costs is mandatory for all of our trips abroad.
It is required that you state this information during registration in our registration form in order to ensure 24h emergency assistance.
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