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Fact or Fallacy: Only Muscle-Bound Fitness Freaks Can Heli-Ski

Skiing was a lot tougher in the past. As a result, heli-skiers from the early years were often remarkably fit athletes. This has changed. Today, heli-skiing and heli-boarding is a lot more accessible.

Sure—if you’re carrying an extra 50 pounds, and find yourself huffing and puffing at the top of a long flight of stairs, you aren’t ready for a week of skiing in the mountains. You probably aren’t as far away as you might think, either.

You’re going to feel a little “burn” in your thighs, calves, bum, groin, lower back, and stomach, when you visit us. (The first day will be the toughest.) So, while you can most definitely skip the protein shakes, we do recommend a fitness program prior to your heli-ski adventure.

At the very least, we recommend starting a fitness program 8 to 10 weeks prior to your arrival. During this time, you should concentrate on endurance, strength, and balance. Even just a little exercise in the weeks prior to your trip can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of a heli-ski adventure.