Freeride Guide: Irian van Helfteren

Private Freeride Guide & Snowboard instructor in St Anton, Montafon & surrounding areas offering freeride snowboarding trips to Norway, Japan, Greenland and Georgia


As a qualified snowboard teacher and freeride guide Irian van Helfteren can take you to the best powder and most epic terrain for the best days of your life. Whether you are a beginner or expert freerider he will take your winter thrills to the next level.

It is so much fun to control your board. No matter if you are total beginner or expert in snowboarding, if you improve your skills you will feel free in the mountains.

Once groomed runs are no longer a challenge, you’ll be keen to discover the thrill of snowboarding or skiing on untouched slopes away from the piste. Irian will not only guide you in the mountains, but teach you about the equipment you’ll used off-piste and how to stay safe in the backcountry.

By hiking just 10 to 45 minutes away from the ski area we’ll reach exciting freeride terrain with deep backcountry powder that most people never experience. Away from the busy slopes and noisy hustle of commercial ski areas, we find peace, solitude and untracked snow.

Splitboarding and ski touring is becoming the new winter sport of choice. See the mountains as never before. Splitboarding takes you far from the commercial ski area, into untouched backcountry, not reachable in any other way. A modern splitboards is just as responsive as a normal snowboard providing a fun floaty ride, so make yourself ready for the next adventure.

Strange as it may seem, the uphill climbs are a great part of touring. It is a social time when groups bond plus it’s a great workout. Moving slowly gives you time to contemplate life and to see nature and the mountains as never before.

Irian offers Freeride Camps as Avalanche Safety and Splitboard Camps
For those who want to want more Freeride adventure Irian offers Freeride Camps to Lofoten Islands in Norway, Freeriding in Japan and Freeriding in Georgie

Irians home resorts are Arlberg with St. Anton am Arlberg and Montafon. Only Arlberg has an expansive of 200km of great backcountry, Arlberg is ideal for those seeking lots of powder or extreme terrain. Montafon is less famous for freeriding, so it’s quieter meaning powder takes longer to be tracked out.

However, as a safety is always his most important consideration!
All freeride guests are required to wear the minimal safety equipment of an avalanche beacon plus a backpack including shovel and probe. Irian also recommend an avalanche airbag and helmet. He has full sets of safety equipment to rent if required.

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