Heliboard Ebnefluh and Petersgrat
A fine Spring day greeted the group of 7 riders at Gsteig Wiler the base for BoHag helicopters, 10 minutes drive from Interlaken.
With a brand new jet ranger helicopter and the Swiss National Ski Team Coach as our pilot we flew in two flights past the impressive Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Massif to land at 3962 m at the top of the Ebnefluh.
After a safety briefing by our experienced local guide Hano (www.swissalpineguides.ch) we set off towards the Hollander Hut a thousand metres below. Fortunately we had perfect powder conditions due to a recent snowfall.
On reaching the Hollander hut (an amazing building perched precariously on the side of the glacier) we had a rest and time to have a drink and enjoy the awesome surroundings.
A boarder with Alaskan experience took the near vertical route down one of the couloirs from the Hollander Hut whilst the rest of the group followed Hano down “The Lang Glacier” past incredible ice formations. The helicopter met us at the mouth of the glacier and whisked us up to the nearby summit of Petersgrat (3207 m).
There we were greeted by an amazing view looking South to The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc in the distance.
After a cruisy entry in to a wide couloir we put fresh tracks down the valley for a good half hours run to journeys end in Wallis and a well earned lunch.
For 2006 a third helicopter flight is planned to then take the group back to Mannlichen ski resort in front of the Eiger where the group can use up some of the left over adrenaline. (The alternative being a sleepy mini bus journey back to the Heli base at Gsteig Wiler.)
The combination of Ebnefluh and Petersgrat is the perfect introduction to Heliboarding/Heliskiing technically easy descents with outstanding high Alpine scenery in a relatively safe environment.
For something a little steeper and more challenging Sustenlimmi, Petit Combin and Pigne d’Arolla await.