23 Mar Why you’ll love Heli Skiing in St Anton, Austria…
You’ll love heli skiing in St Anton in Austria: beat the crowds, get away from it all, enjoy a scenic flight and find untracked, fresh snow.
We will make sure you have the best day possible by arranging everything for you. We will find the right guide for your group, arrange transfers and even book a table for your well-earned lunch.
There’s nothing like a heli ski trip in St Anton – you’re far from the piste, away from everything and everyone, with stunning views and fantastic powder snow.
We will take you in your private transfer direct from your chalet – leaving at a sensible 9am – in one of our luxury Kaluma Travel vehicles. The departure point is the Flexenpass on the road between St Anton and Zurs, which is a short 20-minute journey. It’s not a ‘heliport’ as such, simply a large flat area of snow at the side of the road.
Your helicopter (probably an AS530, for the aficionados) will fly in from Zurs itself or from the Verwal Woods in St Anton, and before you know it you’ll be in the air over the Arlberg.
The flight itself is not long, taking about 5 minutes. Typically, the route will take you over the pistes of Zurs, above the mere mortals on the pistes below. Or you may fly to the south over the village of Stuben and loop round over frozen mountain lakes to the summit. On clear days you can see all the way to Zurich.
Although it is possibly to fly to the Schneetäli, on the Lech side of the mountain, it gets more sun and is steeper, so there are only certain times of the year when it’s right to ski.
We usually fly to the Mehlsack at 2652m. This has the advantage that it’s only accessible by helicopter and not using touring skis, so you can always find good lines, even days after fresh snow. The total vertical drop is around 1250m taking about 40 minutes.
The ‘Mehlsack’ translates as the ‘flour bag’ because the slopes are usually so powdery. It’s north-west facing, with a varied choice of runs down that are not too challenging, but gives you options to take in fresh powder, open faces, great drops, tree lined skiing and gulleys.
Big bowls and natural gulleys
From the top you can head skier’s left to try a few chutes or skier’s right to traverse into a big bowl. These both finish in the same place, then another short traverse takes you to a huge open bowl where you can choose your own line.
Lower down there are lots of natural gulleys between the trees, before you finally come out alongside a river and join a track to the pretty village of Zug. If you’re lucky we might be able to drag you on the back of a skidoo, but otherwise it’s a twenty-minute pole and push.
From Zug there is a lift back into the system. We will have already booked a table at the Berg Hotel in OberLech for the best steak tartar in the Arlberg, a well-deserved beer or two and the chance to share memories of what will be one of the best ski days of your life!
How to book
The Kaluma Travel concierge service means you don’t need to think about anything apart from enjoying the day. We’ll arrange the transfers, the guide and the lunch! All you need to do is be at your accommodation at the right time to be picked up.
Helicopters can take a maximum of three skiers, plus your guide and cost €500 per flight. Simply contact your Kaluma Travel representative for more details.