If you love snow, then James Orr Heliski can help you find the snowiest ski resorts in the world.
Where are the best places to find that adrenaline rush in deep backcountry powder? These are our five suggestions to test out your skiing skills at the snowiest places on earth:
With 15.2m (598 inches) of average snowfall a year, Alyeska in Alaska is a classic destination for deep snow, and in particular a premier heliskiing destination.
We recommend March or April for heliskiing in Alaska, as the weather is more reliable. There’s also more daylight. As Alaska is so far north, in December you can only expect 7.2 hours of daylight, whereas in March it’s 13.5 hours and in April 16.2 hours.
There’s a reason Utah registered ‘the greatest snow on earth’ as a trademark: the 614 inches (15.5m) annual snowfall is even more than in Alyeska.
The ski area is huge with 2200 acres of skiable terrain and the altitude is high enough to catch all the dry snow that comes over from the Salt Lake.
Revelstoke in Canada is another resort that sees 15m (590 inches) of annual snowfall. It also can offer North America’s biggest vertical with 1713m of elevation drop.
We love Revelstoke for the mix of cat skiing and heliskiing it offers. A huge unspoiled area means you can get the most out of a combined cat/heli trip to British Columbia.
Utah might have its trademark, but ‘Japow’ is another type of snow that’s famous across the world.
Also averaging more than 15m of snow on an annual basis (15.1m/595 inches), Japan doesn’t offer as much altitude, but it does offer unbelievably light and reliable snow.
Japan isn’t the place to go for heliskiing – it’s all about backcountry laps through light snow in the trees!
It might not be high on many people’s lists, but Gulmarg in India picks up 14m of snow every winter.
The top lift station is a mighty 3980m above sea level. By helicopter you can reach even higher and land at 4745m, offering a huge vertical drop.
For advice on bespoke backcountry, cat skiing and heliskiing trips to any of the snowiest ski resorts in the world, please contact James Orr on 0333 006 5816.