Understanding Avalanche Signs for Safe Heli-Skiing Adventures

Here at the tip of Troll peninsula we know that heli-skiing offers an unparalleled rush, taking adventurers to untouched powder in the remote backcountry. While the allure of pristine slopes is undeniable, it’s crucial to be aware of the inherent risks, particularly avalanches. At Summit Heliskiing, we do our outmost to ensure your safe heli-skiing experience.

Staying Safe During Heli-Skiing

Professional Guides:

It is always recommended to choose heli-skiing operators with experienced and certified guides. Their knowledge of the terrain and expertise in assessing avalanche risk significantly enhances safety. Our team at Sóti Summits consists of the top mountaineers of Iceland, who have contributed significantly to the knowledge of Icelandic winter terrain and skied it since youth. Among our team memebers are the first ski guides to to complete the AIMG ski guide certification, overseen by representatives from Helicat Canada; and the first individuals to graduate as full fledged Icelandic mountainguides.

Avalanche Safety Gear:

Always carry essential avalanche safety gear, including a transceiver, probe, and shovel. Familiarize yourself with how to use this equipment before embarking on your heli-skiing adventure. At Sóti Summits we provide top of the line safety gear for all our clients and make sure everyone knows how to use it.

Educate Yourself:

Attend avalanche safety courses in order to enhance your knowledge of snowpack stability, terrain analysis, and rescue techniques. The more informed you are, the better equipped you’ll be to make sound decisions in the backcountry.
At Summit Heliskiing, we are well aware of the benefits of giuideing informed clients through winter terrain. Accordingly, our goal is to participate in increasing safety in winter adventures, and we have teamed up with our sister company at Sóti Summits to offer an in-depth course in avalanche awareness and off-piste skiing. The course is taught by our team members, Leifur Örn Svavarsson, our lead guide and Sara Hlín Sigurðardóttir, ski guide and ski instructor. There is no better way ensure safe heli-skiing to get comfortable in Icelandic backcountry.

Weather Monitoring:

Stay updated on weather conditions and avalanche forecasts for the area. This information is crucial for assessing the current risk level, thus making informed decisions about where and when to ski. This information is moniutored by our guides and decisions made in our morning meetings. Our Lead guide, Leifur Örn, is an avlanche specialists and worked as such for many years. He has intricate knowledge of the conditions that can arise and there is no one better in making informed decision to ensure the maximum safety and enjoyment of our clients.


Maintain open communication with your guide and fellow skiers. Discuss the terrain, conditions, and any concerns. A collaborative approach to decision-making is essential for a safe heli-skiing experience. Our tours are team experiences and their success is dependent upon the camraderie between the members of our ski groups.

At Troll peninsula, our mountains offer a variety of landscapes, and it is important for us to have a team of ski guides well versed in the characteristics of Icelandic winter landscapes. Understanding the signs and knowing how to stay safe in avalanche-prone terrain is however paramount for any heli-skiing enthusiast. We will endeavor to raise your level of know-how while skiing with us.


Let’s have fun – safely!