The day we spent heliskiing on the Petit Combin was definitely one of the highlights of my skiing career so far. Having heliskied previously in Canada, I found the experience quite daunting, mainly due to a lack of input and support from the guide, and so the idea of skiing with both a guide and a ski coach was immediately appealing.
As it turned out, everything about the day far exceeded all our expectations. Having an experienced mountain guide in the party to ensure that above all the group remained safe, whilst also leading us to the best snow conditions was fantastic, but as my previous experience taught me if you don’t ski untracked snow regularly then most of us will need help with our technique to get the best from the conditions.
Having Warren there to coach made all the difference to the day. A few tips and adjustments to our technique enabled us to enjoy and ski the slopes rather than just survive them. In addition Warren and our guide, were able to confer and ensure that we were skiing pistes that tested us but didn’t put us beyond our safety zone. Although there were differences in ability in our group, at no point was anyone skiing terrain that left them out of the depth, but the better skiers were still challenged.
The icing on the cake was the photographic recording the whole day for us. To take pictures of four enthusiastic amateur skiers and to make it look like we belonged in a ski magazine photo shoot is an amazing effort, and highlights the skills of a professional ski photographer. The pictures serve as a great reminder of what a fantastic day we had and also how far heliskiing is removed from piste or even resort based off piste skiing – no crowds, no lifts, no noise, untouched snow and spectacular views. Add in top quality ski coaching and guiding and it’s a combination that is impossible to beat.’
Emma Bradley – Research Scientist (UK)