Do we have to jump out of the helicopter?
No, the helicopter sets down in designated landing zones (LZ’s) to insure our guests the safest departure from the aircraft.
Where are you located?
Diamond Peaks Heli-Ski Adventures is located in the beautiful Ogden Valley. We operate out of "The Sanctuary" in Huntsville, and ski in the famous Northern Wasatch Mountains of Utah.
I am an intermediate powder skier, is there anywhere I can heli-ski?
Yes, we have a variety of skiing terrain for intermediate powder skiers and boarders, from spacious open bowls and ridge tops to low angle tree skiing. We have over 80,000 acres of private skiing with a variety of terrain for intermediates to expert skiers.
Should I tip my guide?
Yes, our guides are mostly volunteer ski patrollers/guides. They are all very experienced in backcountry travel, rescue, outdoor emergency care, and avalanche work. They do everything they can to make your day, your best ski day of your life. They are there because they enjoy the work, but they have expenses just like you. You should give at least 10% of what you spend for your day heli-skiing to your guide as a tip.
If a storm moves in are we stuck in the lodge until the weather clears up?
When you come to ski with us you are not grounded, when the weather moves in. Our base is located in the Ogden Valley Recreation Area, your opportunity of fun & adventure is LIMITLESS no matter what the weather! We are located near Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin & Wolf Creek Utah Ski Resort. We are also within 1 1/2 hour drive from Park City, Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, and The Canyons Resorts. You can be in Ogden in 30 minutes and Salt Lake City in 50 minutes and to Park City in an hour. Restaurants, shopping, theatres, clubs, music, and brewery’s are just minutes away.
What kind of helicopters do you use?
Diamond Peaks uses the Bell Long Ranger, L-4’s and the A-Star B3' models because of their safe high mountain performance abilities.
How many people can the helicopter carry?
The helicopters used can safely carry 7 people. We fly with 6; 4 guests, 1 guide and 1 pilot. Because of the altitudes in which we operate and the additional weight with the equipment (skis, boards, packs), a seat is left unclaimed to compensate for that weight.
Is there any danger of avalanches?
All winter recreationalists should be aware of the dangers of an avalanche. Diamond Peaks Powder Guides are all professionally certified and equipped to forecast, control, and navigate safely in all high profile avalanche areas. It is the guests responsibility to follow the guides directions and not wonder off into dangerous & uncontrolled areas.
Do I need powder (fat or wide) skis?
It is our experience that most guests do very well with fat skis in powder conditions; however, some guests prefer to use their traditional equipment. Diamond Peaks can set you up with Head powder skis and snowboards, but you must request the skis and snowboards in advance (we have a limited supply, use is on a first request basis).
Can I bring a camera with me?
We encourage all of our guests to bring cameras. Several of our Powder Guides are great amateur photographers and would love to capture you on film. Helicopter skiing is an adventure you will want to share with your family and friends at home.
What items should I wear or bring with me?
Diamond Peaks advises our guests to be prepared for various weather and or snow conditions. Layered clothing is easy to add on or take off accordingly. Sun protection for the safety of your eyes and skin are recommended. Hat and gloves, and an avalanche beacon (if you don’t have a beacon, one will be provided for you). Please bring a smile, or one will be provided for you.
Do you take snowboarders or telemark skiers?
We at Diamond Peaks do not discriminate against our fellow snow enthusiasts. There is room for all to play, and all of this room to play in! We are fortunate to have professional guides that are superb alpine skiers, telemark skiers and snowboarders.