Safety is the bottom line at Majestic Heli Ski; providing a safe experience is our number one job. From what we fly, to where we ski, to how we ski, safety underpins every decision we make in the field, and on the ground. And luckily for you, fun is our second priority, so plan on a safe, fun week. We incorporate management and mitigation techniques from the outdoor industry, aviation, the military, and the latest applied avalanche risk management techniques to ensure we use the best tools available in our decision making. We’ve created a culture of safety that colors everything we do.
Our guides have certifications and course completions through the Canadian Avalanche Association and or the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and the American Mountain Guides Association and or the Canadian Ski Guide Association. Every guide has medical training as a WFR or OEC, and most of our guides are EMTs. 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. Guest safety is our number one priority.
We are dedicated to providing cutting edge safety standards. We require that all guests and guides use an avalanche airbag backpack (safety gear is included in all of our packages). We will also provide each guest with a harness, carabiner, avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe. Along with the gear we provide instruction in the competent and efficient use of our safety equipment.
Training doesn’t stop after the first safety briefing; our guides will keep you informed about weather, terrain hazards, helicopter safety, skiing protocols, snow stability, and avalanche hazard. Plan on being part of a team throughout the week, and being a part of group safety.
All guests will take part in our general orientation to familiarize you with what to expect during your stay. We will then do a hands on approach on avalanche hazard, safety, gear, and rescue, as well as mountain and skiing protocols. An aircraft briefing will cover what you need to know about traveling in and around the aircraft. Each day you will receive a weather report, plan for the day, and partake in trail head procedures. Snow and weather conditions help determine where we ski, the terrain often dictates how we move through it. 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 avoid.
Majestic Heli Ski operates a dedicated snow safety program. Our guides are professionals and will constantly gather data and evidence; take field observations throughout each day, perform snowpack tests, and monitor weather conditions, all so that we can evaluate and forecast snow stability and avalanche hazard. This helps to make well informed decisions regarding the avalanche hazard evaluation, snow conditions, snow stability, and risk evaluation. This also helps us choose safe runs…and lets us find the best snow too.
We apply the latest avalanche risk management techniques and forecasting procedures, as well as practice established safe skiing and group management techniques, prevention, avoidance, and good decision making. We ask our guests to respect the decision making process, and all decisions that are made for safety. Majestic Heli Ski will not compromise on this. Please remember there is always inherent risks involved when skiing, even when all risk control measures are in place.
Skiing the Steeps
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 stability, 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.