Why HSUS? 2017-05-19T16:28:39+00:00

Experience & Choices

Heli-Ski U.S. Certified Members have the advantage of collective experience totaling more than 300 years in the heli-skiing industry. What our Certified Members share in common is a passion for powder and an unrelenting drive for excellence. What sets them apart is the breadth of options they offer.

Heli-Ski U.S. members provide un-paralleled powder experiences from the Colorado Rockies and Wyoming’s Grand Tetons to Washington’s Cascades, Utah’s Wasatch, Nevada’s Rubies, Idaho’s Sawtooths and northward to Alaska’s Chugach and Tordrillo Mountains. Options with Heli-Ski U.S. members range from single day packages to remote fly-in lodges and luxury private charters – whatever experience you seek, you can find it here.

Focus on Excellence and Safety

Heli-Ski U.S. Certified Members are required to follow our proprietary Heli-Skiing Safety & Operating Guidelines – the Gold Standard in the heli-skiing industry: < Link>. Our HSOG program is the only one of its kind in the United States. From minimum experience and training requirements for guides and helicopter pilots to professional avalanche and weather forecasting programs, our Certified Members take great pride in their professionalism and the quality of experience they deliver to their clients.

Heli-Ski U.S. firms become Certified Members though a rigorous audit for compliance with the HSOG program. Our Performance Review process places experienced former guides in the field to judge operations and guide skills and on the ground to assess training programs, flight documentation and emergency response preparation. The HSUS Performance Review program is the only one of its kind in the United States – no non-member heli-skiing/snowboarding firm is subject to this level of scrutiny.

Best Practices & Collaboration

Through its Performance Review process, HSUS has created a collection of Heli-Skiing Best Practices that is shared among our Certified Members, allowing each firm to benefit from the very best ideas of the others. In June 2016, HSUS and HeliCat Canada announced a joint personnel exchange program with the goal of creating a North American Best Practices collection that will be shared among the member firms of these two industry leading organizations. We are thrilled to work alongside our Canadian counterparts with the end goal of constant improvement in the services we offer to the public.


Where our members operate, local search and rescue services typically come to see them as the primary mountain rescue resource in the winter season. We are proud to serve the communities where we operate in this fashion.


While Heli-Ski U.S. and its Certified Members have taken a leadership role in bringing a disciplined, professional approach to helicopter skiing and riding, there are risks inherent in backcountry winter sports that cannot be eliminated. It is our view that the best way to create a safer experience for our clients is through disciplined decision making, well-trained professional guides and a dedicated safety program like the Heli-Skiing Safety & Operating Guidelines. We hope that you will choose to spend your ski vacation with one of our Certified Members and allow us to share the benefits of that program and our many years of experience with you.