Heli Skiing: A Family Activity?

That’s right. Heli skiing is a great activity to do with your family. As long as the whole crew are advanced-intermediate skiers and riders. Looking back, I would have LOVED to do something like this with my father before he gave up on skiing. We ski and ride with a lot of families at Powderbird, even with children as young as 10 or 11-years old! When people call and tell me they are trying to plan a heli trip with their young son or daughter or their wife and children, I make it clear that age is not an issue at Powderbird. But attitude and ability, that’s the real indicator of whether your children can handle a heli trip.

Kevin, Ethan and Ashley Rot

Just last week we had a father, Keith Rot, and his two children, Ethan and Ashley as part of our daily operation at Snowbird. Ashley was 11 and Ethan was only a few years older. The family was grouped in with another group of four male snowboarders. Someone made a comment about being disappointed to have to ride with kids, worried they would slow down the pace of the group—a common concern among heli skiers. Turns out Ashley was one of the strongest riders in the group!

Guides scouting the terrain for the day

The point being, don’t be turned off by the old school belief that “kids aren’t good enough to heli ski”. Many kids are raised skiing and snowboarding much more frequently than outdoor enthusiasts two or three times their age. As long as your children are confident powder skiers and snowboarders, enjoy riding for a full day, can maintain a moderate pace throughout the day, and are not scared by the thought of flying in a helicopter, they will have a great time with you.


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