14January 2020

Q&A: What Should I Pack for a Heli-Ski Trip?

Going heli-skiing? YES, friend! Go get it.

Here’s what to know about what to bring. Check your list twice, and you’re set to fly.

(Note: What you may bring for your entire ski holiday is outside the scope of this list – what you’ll find below is specifically about your day or days of heli-skiing.)


The Essentials

  • Ski / Snowboard boots
  • Shell jacket
  • Shell pants
  • Base layers, top and bottom
  • Midlayer top (wool or synthetic, NOT cotton)
  • Puffy midlayer jacket or vest (compressible and small enough to stash in a pack)
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Gloves / Mitts
  • Ski- or Snowboard-specific socks
  • Neckwarmer / Facemask
  • Travel insurance (you can’t actually pack it, but you should have it!)
Have questions about how to dress? Got you covered here.


Group of heli-skiers stands together at the top of a pitch with their guide


The Essentials That We’ll Provide For You

  • Digital avalanche transceiver
  • Small backpack with shovel and probe
  • Powder skis and poles or a powder snowboard (optional, you can bring your own)
  • A tasty and hearty lunch and snacks, tea, juice and water


Stack of powder skis beside the helicopter


The Optionals

  • Ski and poles or a snowboard (powder-specific gear is included, but your own setup is welcome if that’s what you prefer)
  • Camera / Smartphone / GoPro
  • Extra gloves
  • Extra lens for goggles (for flat light)
  • Goggle wipe
  • Handwarmer or toewarmer packs
  • Tissues
  • Water bottle (for mid-run hydration if you need)
  • Sunscreen / lip balm
  • Personal medications (i.e. asthma inhaler)
  • Pocket tool / Leatherman (especially if you’re a snowboarder that needs to adjust on occasion!)


Getting organized ahead of time means nothing but a smooth take-off and total immersion in the experience!

Grab a handy PDF of our ‘What to Bring’ list right here, and get ready to for the best skiing or riding of your life.

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