Skiers should be Advanced with the confidence to tackle a variety of terrain and conditions in new or variable snow. Snowboarders should be Advanced with the ability to traverse in powder snow, by following a broken ski trail. Snowboarders need to have the ability to carry enough speed in a straight line to cross flatter terrain.
Although we offer skiing on a wide range of slope angles, all participants should be able to confidently execute solid linked turns on black ungroomed runs and in powder. You should be able to comfortably ski/ride in most conditions including powder, hard pack, wind crust, and on a spectrum of slopes with varying steepness.
A note about body weight: It is very important that you provide us with an accurate body weight on your reservation form. Due to aircraft limitations, we are required to weigh you prior to your trip. If your provided weight is inaccurate, we may unexpectedly have to split up your group or we may be unable to accommodate you. In these cases no refunds will be provided. For your safety, if your group of four has a combined weight over 720#, we may have to split you up and an additional charge could apply. This also applies to any participant weighing over 220#. Please call us with any questions, 970.728.8377.
If you don't have powder-specific skis or snowboards, we highly recommend using our equipment. Our gear is designed to float in snow and turn more easily in variable conditions found in the backcountry. If you are unsure about what equipment to use, fill out the equipment information on this form in case you use ours.
Snowboarders: Our powder boards are larger to help you carry speed and cross terrain features without having to remove your board. Snowboards should be 5-10cm longer than your resort board and have a large, shoveled tip with a rocker profile. If using your own, we strongly suggest getting a fresh wax and moving the binding to the back of the board to raise the tip for maximum float and glide.
Skiers: Your skis should have a minimum waist of 100+ mm (we prefer a waist of 107-117mm) and should be 5-10cm longer than your resort skis.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
We at Telluride Helitrax pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and the heli-skiing experiences which we provide. In return we ask that our guests understand that we must make advanced financial and time commitments in order to provide these services. Helicopter skiing/riding is a shared risk experience. We put every effort into making sure all the ingredients over which we have control of are in place to provide you with an exceptional ski experience. We ask that you understand that certain elements of the experience are beyond our control, including weather, snow conditions and skier ability levels on a particular trip.
Each day’s seat requires a 20% deposit at the time of booking. Seven days prior to your trip, full payment is required. In the event inclement weather prevents Helitrax from flying on your preferred or available dates, this advanced deposit is completely refundable.
We fill up to 16 seats daily. If conditions allow, we can increase the seating to 24.
DAILY AVAILABILITY PRIORITY
Telluride Helitrax reserves the right to reduce available seating from 16, to 12, or 8 guests on any day. This decision will be occasionally made for operational reasons due to weather, avalanche hazard and/or snow conditions. We will make every effort to provide our clients 24 to 18 hours notice if they are going to be cancelled from a trip, though this decision may also be made as late as the morning of your trip date. These canceled seats will not be filled with other clients. These seats are cancelled and all Helitrax cancelled clients will be refunded 100% of their deposit. Seats are prioritized by the reservation date. If you would like to avoid being cancelled for the reasons stated above, please make sure to reserve your seat early and/or select a date that puts you into the first 8 reserved seats for a given date. All other seats over 8 are provisional and subject to this policy.
As a reservation holder, you are required to remain available to heli-ski until noon on each of your available days. If your trip is canceled due to inclement weather, we will try to reschedule your trip on a space-available basis. Reservations are prioritized by confirmation date.
No changes to your reservation can be made within 14 days of your reservation ski date(s), except at the discretion of Telluride Helitrax. Reservation dates can be changed at no charge up until 14 days prior to your reserved date based on availability. If we cannot accommodate your requested changes, you are still responsible for your originally scheduled dates. Reservations carried over to the next ski season are charged a 10% administration fee.
Once a reservation has been made, your deposit becomes non-refundable. Less than seven days prior, full payment, including your deposit, is non-refundable. This policy is in effect whether or not we are able to operate on your cancelled dates. Guests absent, failing to complete a ski day, or who leave the field early for any reason, will be charged in full. In addition, those guest(s) may be charged for additional flight costs incurred to remove the guest(s) from the field and/or for shuttle fees to return the guest(s) to their respective accommodations. Excessively tardy guests cannot join the day and will be charged in full.
Due to the costly advanced commitments that Telluride Helitrax must make to provide our services, we cannot provide any refunds even in cases of sudden illness, injury, canceled airline flights, family emergencies or any other disruptions to your schedule. To offset this risk, we highly recommend obtaining Travel Guard or another brand of travel insurance.
TELLURIDE HELITRAX CANCELLATIONS
If Telluride Helitrax cancels a ski trip before it begins, you will be refunded your entire deposit. If a trip underway is interrupted, the following percentages of the trip cost will charged: 1 run: $350 | 2 runs: 40% | 3 runs: 60% | 4 runs: 70% | 5 runs: 90%.
If you wish to roll your reservation over to a later date in the same season, there is no charge. If you roll your reservation over to the next season, then you retain an equal dollar amount of credit towards a future reservation. Any rate difference between the initial reservation and the current rate on the date that the new reservation is made, will be charged. If an entire season passes and no reservation date is made against a deposit, then that deposit is forfeited to Telluride Helitrax.
Telluride Helitrax reserves the right to cancel reservations for reasons including, but not limited to, weather, backcountry snow conditions, and number of participants. Reservations are prioritized by guest confirmation date.
GUEST PROVIDED WEIGHT AND ABLITY INFORMATIONIt is imperative that you provide accurate information when filling out Helitrax Forms. If you provide inaccurate body weight information your group may be over our weight limit for the day. In this case, your group may be split up or one member of the group canceled from the trip in order for us to stay within our helicopter weight limits for the day. No refunds will be issued in this case. If you provide inaccurate information about your skier/rider ability level, Helitrax reserves the right to fly you out of the field with no prorated refund.
Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase. The actual gift certificate document must be presented in order to qualify for a reservation. A gift certificate may be rolled over for one additional year if the holder has actively made a reservation date with Telluride Helitrax, and the trip was then cancelled by Telluride Helitrax. There is no charge for this qualified, one-time rollover to the following heli-ski season. If no reservation is made against a gift certificate for one year, then the gift certificate is forfeited to Telluride Helitrax and becomes void.
All terms, conditions, and prices are subject to change.
To make a Helitrax reservation is to approve and accept the above terms and conditions.
In consideration of the services of Helitrax, Inc., their agents, owners, officers, volunteers and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as “HELITRAX”), I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge HELITRAX, on behalf of myself, my spouse, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate as follows:
1. I acknowledge that my participation in backcountry heliskiing and snowboarding activities entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to property, or to third parties. I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.
The risks include, among other things: slips and falls; falling objects; flying debris; rugged terrain; weather conditions; water hazards; accidental drowning; accidents involving other skiers or snowboarders; collision with fixed or movable objects; cuts, bruises, burns, abrasions, and concussions; strains, sprains, muscle soreness and fractures; musculoskeletal injuries including head, neck, and back; injuries to internal organs; loss of fingers or other appendages; exhaustion; exposure to temperature and weather extremes which could cause hypothermia, hyperthermia (heat related illnesses), heat exhaustion, sunburn, dehydration; and exposure to potentially dangerous wild animals, insect bites, and hazardous plant life; exposure to altitude and cold including hypothermia, frostbite, acute mountain sickness, cerebral and pulmonary edema; hidden obstacles by snow including crevasses, ice and snow cornices, tree wells, tree stumps, creeks rocks and boulders, below the snow surface; loss or damage to equipment being used; equipment failure and/or operator error; improper lifting or carrying; being lost or separated from their guides or companions; the negligence of participants, or other persons who may be present; accidents or illness can occur in remote places without medical facilities and emergency treatment or other services rendered; transmissible pathogen or disease; Traveling to and from activity locations raises the possibility of any manner of transportation accidents; my own physical condition, and the physical exertion associated with this activity; the condition of roads, terrain, or highways and accidents connected with their use.
Furthermore, HELITRAX personnel have difficult jobs to perform. They seek safety, but they are not infallible. They might be unaware of a participant’s fitness or abilities. They might misjudge the weather or other environmental conditions. They may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction.
2. I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in this activity. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks.
3. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless HELITRAX from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity or my use of HELITRAX’s equipment or facilities, including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of HELITRAX.
4. Should HELITRAX or anyone acting on their behalf, be required to incur attorney’s fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.
5. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself. I further certify that I am willing to assume the risk of any medical or physical condition I may have.
6. In the event that I file a lawsuit against HELITRAX, I agree to do so solely in the state of Colorado, and I further agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules of that state. I agree that if any portion of this agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining document shall remain in full force and effect.
By signing this document, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property is damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against HELITRAX on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein. I also agree that this document is valid for subsequent visits and participation at HELITRAX. I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. I have read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.
PARENT'S OR GUARDIAN'S ADDITIONAL INDEMNIFICATION
(Must be completed for participants under the age of 18).
In consideration of the following minor (name below) being permitted by HELITRAX to participate in its activities and to use its equipment and facilities, I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless HELITRAX from any and all claims which are brought by, or on behalf of minor(s), and which are in any way connected with such use or participation by minor(s).