Spain authorizes heliskiing
If you enjoy the peace, quiet and savage beauty of the mountains then the Val d’Aran is somewhere to cross off you list this winter. However if you like shreddin’ the gnar and don’t care too much how then Spain could be a new destination. The Catalonian government has just authorized heliskiing in the area. Two companies will be running trips Pyrenees Heliskiing and TAF Helicopters.
Photo: Pyrenees Heliskiing
Previously heliskiing in the Pyrenees had been restricted to the tiny principality of Andorra, jointly governed by Spain and France. There you would cross spatulas with heliskiers, 4x4 and skidoos all in a days skiing. Pyrenees Heliski, who has previously operated in Turkey, has been hit hard by new taxes on heliski operators in that country. The Catalonian decision will certainly be welcome news.
According to government representative, Carlos Barrera, heliskiing in the area has been authorized due to “market demand”. One wonders what else the Spanish will authorize on that basis? Joan Carol, director of corporate development said TAF Helicopters had four criteria: respect for the environment, safety, quality and economic sustainability. 7 areas have been authorized for heliski flights. Pyrenees Heliski will be charging € 290 for a half day with two rotations.
ps thanks to http://www.skitour.fr for the heads up on this story
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