VAL FORMAZZA: CANADIAN CONDITIONS IN THE ALPS. LOCATED IN THE PIEDMONT REGION, THE ITALIAN PROVINCE OF FORMAZZA IS A STARTING POINT FOR MANY WINTER SPORTS ACTIVITIES. HIGH MOUNTAINS, FRINGED BY GLACIERS, TREES AND PLATEAUS WITH A CHARMING LANDSCAPE AND BEST SNOW CONDITIONS.

FREERIDE AND RUNS VAL FORMAZZA

In Val Formazza no fixed landing sites are assigned. In addition to the exclusive flight rights, it is thus possible to individually determine downhill runs and routes. Surrounded by the peaks of the Ofenhorn (3250m), the Blinnenhorn (3373m) and the Basodino (3270m), the area offers a large variety of possibilities. The highest landing site is located at 3200m. Runs with different steepness and varied surroundings are guaranteed here. In total we have a heliski area of 120 square kilometers at our disposal. The possibilities are thus limitless. The longest descent in the area covers 1700 vertical meters.

VAL FORMAZZA – THE REGION

Val Formazza, also called “Pomatt”, belongs to the Walser regions, the Northern part of Piedmont. The valley belongs to the border region of Switzerland and Italy. Stunning nature and simplicity. Edged glaciers, steep mountain plateaus and clear mountain lakes with weak settlement. The valley is known for its waterfalls. The most famous and probably largest waterfall of the Alps is the “Frua” with a fall area of approx. 140 m. Formazza has nine communities inhabited year-round with 440 inhabitants. A perfect place for nature experiences and a break from everyday life. Piedmont stands for local products such as savory cheeses, truffles, sausages and cold meats. The local cuisine in Piedmont combines these with pasta to make perfect and unique tastes.

Heliskiing-Base Walser Schtuba

The accommodation Walser Schtuba, in the mountain village Riale at 1720m altitude, is the basis of our heliski activities in Val Formazza. Owner Mateo Sormani stands for a refined cuisine. He relies on local ingredients. The accommodation has a cozy atmosphere. The view – especially at night – offers a unique panorama. Our heliport is located directly at the hotel.

WEATHER IN VAL FORMAZZA

The region of Piedmont is to be known as snow sure. Therefore, freeriders will find the best conditions for heliskiing in Val Formazza. Thanks to its location at the weather divide between Northern and Southern Alps and its altitude over 1800m, the snow conditions are excellent and these already early during the season. No matter if the clouds are coming from the South or from the North, there will always be snowfalls turning the region in a true Powder Paradise.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY

The purpose of the environmental impact study is to determine in advance whether certain activities can have a significant impact on Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) for the protection of natural habitats and flora and fauna. This procedure was introduced by the EU Habitats Directive 92/43 / EEC. Sports and leisure time activities such as ski touring, snowshoeing and heliskiing can potentially disrupt the preservation of the natural environment. In our operational areas we work in two Sites of Community Importance (SIC) and two Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Before an external activity such as heliski may be practiced there it needs an environmental impact study to ensure that this activity has no impact on local species and habitats. That is what we have achieved in Val Formazza with Piedmont region. We are indeed conducting a serious surveillance activity both in terms of helicopter operation and wildlife management.Finally, an environmental impact assessment is a good tool to strike a balance between sustainable tourism activities and natural habitat conservation.

Istituto Oikos Srl
Dr. Chiara De Franceschi
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