Why HSUS? 2018-03-07T18:54:43+00:00

Why Heli-Ski U.S. and its Certified Member Operations?

Experience & Dedication

Our member firms have the collective experience of more than 330 years in the industry. They have earned stellar reputations by consistently delivering the highest quality ski and snowboarding experience to their clients and by being leaders in the industry and their local communities.


Among our dozen member operations, you can find the exact helicopter skiing or snowboarding experience you desire. From the champagne powder of Colorado and Utah to the challenging steeps of Alaska’s Chugach Range, and from exquisite gourmet meals in beautiful lodge settings in Nevada, Washington and Alaska to day-skiing adventures in Wyoming and Idaho, our members offer every form of heli-skiing/snowboarding adventure.


Heli-Ski U.S. member operations are committed to your safety.  Our Association actively manages a four-pronged safety program:

  • Safety Practices Guidelines. In 2003, Heli-Ski U.S. adopted its Heli-Skiing Safety and Operating Guidelines (HSOG). Now in their fourth iteration, those guidelines have become the Gold Standard for safety in the helicopter skiing/snowboarding industry. View our HSOG document.
  • Performance Reviews. Every member firm and new applicant is subject to regular audits for compliance with the HSOG. Firms that do not score “A” grades in critical areas are placed on a Corrective Action Program and subject to re-review the following season.
  • Guide Qualification and Experience Guidelines. From professional avalanche forecasting certifications to emergency medical training, becoming a Guide with our member firms requires years of commitment. View our Guide Qualification & Experience Guidelines.
  • Best Practices. Through its Performance Review process, HSUS has developed an inventory of Best Practices that is shared among our member firms with the objective of constantly bringing all of our members to higher levels of safety.

We invite you to review the details of the HSUS safety programs.