Do you want to be :
pumped or swept away?
As to the question of whether happiness really is a state of mind, we would have to answer "yes". Skiing in the wilderness is somewhat addictive. It's that thing that happens when one of Europe's most skilful mountain guides points down the slope with his pole and, amused, gives you the command: "ski". From there on in, it's just you and the slope.
Full-board package 20/3 -10/5 Minimum 2 nights
Price pp in Twin-bed room: 1050,- sek/night Breakfast, Lunch-pack, 2 course Dinner & free Touring-advice
We are not the cheapest heli-skiing provider in Sweden. But we are probably the best. We have over 25 years experience heli-skiing in the Kiruna Mountains. Abisko Mountain Lodge is the ideal base for heli-skiing tours in Lapland. From here, we reach our home mountains of Tjåmahus, Keron and others in just five minutes. Farther away lie the mountains Kåtotjokka, Nallo and Kebnekaise.
Who can go?/Introductory course in heli-skiing. You should be a good red/black skier in order to enjoy our heli-skiing trips. For skiers who can ski red slopes without problem but don't have any experience of off-piste skiing or heli-skiing, we offer an introductory heli-skiing course.
Introductory Heli-skiing Day Course. We start the day with practising techniques for off-piste skiing and a review of the safety equipment and snow & avalanche awareness. Then we fly up to the mountain to an appropriately steep slope, where the guide will continue to give pointers about off-piste techniques. Approximate price (4 skiers/ helicopter), three peaks included SEK 4,800/person.
Safety: I At AML, we always use UIAGM certified guides and trainee guides (www.sbo.nu) when skiing on glaciers. This is in line with the Swedish Consumer Agency's recommendations. Our safety package consists of an ABS backpack, Life-link shovel and probe, as well as Barryvox Pulse transceiver.
Safety: II Each guest will be familiarised with both avalanche safety equipment and helicopter safety.
Risk management is included as part of all of our activities, whether it be skiing, climbing or ice fishing. The guide takes weather and terrain into account, as well as the skill level of our guests, helicopter safety, avalanche risk assessments and so on. All off-piste skiing entails some risk, but at AML, we do everything in our power to keep the risk at an acceptable level.
Safety: III We work with Kallax Flyg aviation company for our heli-skiing trips. The most commonly-used helicopters are the EC 130 B4 Eurocopter and AS 350 B1 Eurocopter. Kallax Flyg pilots have extensive experience of flying in the area. www.kallaxflyg.se
First time/different areas. Our runs range from 500 to 1,400 vertical metres. Closest by lies what we call "the Abisko Alps", with runs from 500 to 800 vertical metres. Next is Kåtotjåkka, with runs up to 1,000 vertical metres. Nallo/Sielmatjåkka is the next area, with runs up to 1,400 vertical metres. Last but not least, we are also able to offer trips to Kebnekaise, with runs up to 1,100 vertical metres. We often also discover that little something extra on our trips – new runs and perhaps even new areas to ski.
Protecting the environment, reindeer herding and other outdoor activities. Kallax Flyg is ISO 14001 certified. We also try to be as efficient as possible in terms of flight time between runs and logistics. We avoid Kebnekaise when the mountain lodge is open, for example. We don't land if we see that cross-country peak skiers are on their way to the same peak, either. We maintain close communication with nearby Sami communities in order to give the best possible consideration to reindeer herding.
Equipment. As already mentioned, we use ABS backpacks and Barryvox pulse transceivers. We recommend that guests who have their own avalanche backpacks (ABS or Snowpulse) take these with them. We partner with Dynastar and have a limited number of skis for testing.