Welcome to Heliskihistory.com
Heliskiing is simply using a helicopter to transport skiers to the top of mountainous backcountry terrain, so that skiers and snowboarders can ski down; usually in light untracked deep powder snow. The draw of heliskiing is the thrill and pleasure of getting to ski or snowboard untracked snow in wild advanced terrain.
For me the first time I ever heard about heliskiing, I was just a young skier in the late 1960’s. When I heard the term, heliskiing, I seemed to automatically understand what the term meant. As a kid raised on watching the TV show “Whirlybirds” about helicopters, it made perfect sense to me. I immediately wanted to go heliskiing one day, and I have since become seriously addicted to heliskiing.
I have always wondered about who first came up with the idea of heliskiing. For years
I bought into the mainstream media’s claim that Hans Gmoser of CMH “invented” heliskiing. But, then I started to occasionally see photos and short mentions from other folks that they did heliskiing before 1963.
As a college history major I was curious about who really was “the first” to do heliskiing. So, I started to do research to find out what the truth is. This website is the result of this research. I tried to get my research published in the usual skiing/outdoor magazines. But, none of them showed much interest. So, I decided to start this website.
Establishing “who” the actual “inventor” of heliskiing is isn’t something of Earth shaking importance. But, it is something that should be correctly recognized by the skiing world.