Your Safety is Our First Priority
Safety is the bottom line at Majestic Heli Ski. And we’ve created a culture of safety that colors our operation. Every decision we make in the field and on the ground is made with your safety as our primary concern. This starts with our professional and personal guides. Majestic Heli Ski requires a strong combination of training, certifications and experience to be a part of our team. Safety is our cornerstone in how we manage our groups and in determining where and how we ski. We incorporate management and mitigation techniques from the outdoor industry, aviation, the military and the latest applied avalanche risk management techniques to ensure that we use the best tools available in our decision making. We do our best to make sure that everyone stays safe throughout your trip. Safety is our number one priority, but fun is our second priority. So plan on a safe, fun week.
Our professional guides have certifications and course completions through the Canadian Ski Guide Association, Heli Ski US Association and/or the American Mountain Guides Association. Additionally they are certified or trained in professional avalanche operations through the Canadian Avalanche Association and/or the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. Every guide has medical training as a Wilderness First Responder, Outdoor Emergency Care and/or Emergency Medical Technician.
We are professionals who have worked (and still do) as ski patrollers, instructors, forecasters, guides, and on professional rescue groups. We are trained to mitigate risk and to handle any situation that may arise.
We are dedicated to providing cutting edge safety equipment. We require that all guests and guides wear an avalanche airbag backpack. We will also provide each guest with a harness, carabiner, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. All of your safety gear is included within your package at no additional cost. You will also receive instruction in the competent and efficient use of our safety equipment.
All of our guests will take part in a general orientation to familiarize you with what to expect during your stay. We will then do hands-on training regarding avalanche and mountain hazards, how to use our safety/rescue gear, companion rescue and safe skiing protocols. An aircraft briefing will educate you on helicopter procedures and safety. Each day you will receive a weather report and plan for the day.
Snow and weather conditions largely determine where we ski and the terrain often dictates how we move through it. Our guides will keep you informed about weather, terrain hazards, helicopter safety, skiing protocols, snow stability and avalanche hazards as needed throughout each day. Your guide will be in constant communication with you on where we are going, how we will go about it and what hazards you need to be aware of and to avoid. You will be part of a team while you are in the field. We all rely on each other and each person has a major role in group dynamics and safety.
Our Snow Safety
Majestic Heli Ski has a dedicated and professional snow safety program. Our guides will continuously gather data and evidence, take field observations, perform snowpack tests, monitor weather conditions and evaluate and forecast the snow stability and the avalanche hazard. This process helps us to make informed decisions on your safety, our run selection and lets us find the best snow too!
There are inherent risks involved when skiing, even when all risk control measures are in place. We ask our guests to respect their guides’ decisions with regard to safety. Majestic Heli Ski will not compromise on this. We apply the latest avalanche risk management procedures and follow established safe skiing and group management techniques to make the best possible decisions to keep you safe.
Alaska has some of the best steep skiing in the world. Our goal is to provide you with a once in a lifetime powder skiing experience and the opportunity to challenge yourself. Skiing the steep lines requires the right combination of weather, snowpack, snow quality, skiing ability and teamwork. When conditions permit and guests have established confidence and trust with their guide, the opportunity to work into steeper and exposed terrain may be permitted.