So What Does Heliskiing Cost?
It’s not a simple answer, but a good rule of thumb is heli-skiing runs $1K/day/person Canadian. A week heliskiing Canada ranges from $7K – 12K Canadian, per person. A Private week is 2 to 3 times that number.
Pricing, Not a Shot in the Dark
Prices vary by:
- The time of year (early and late season are less expensive)
- The scale of the operation (large helicopters are less expensive, and boutique operations are more expensive)
- The number of days (some weeks are 6 days of skiing, some 7)
- The number of groups per helicopter (fewer is better – less waiting). Some operators ski four groups per helicopter, some two. Private is one.
- The amenities and the travel options (some fly you in by helicopter; some include hotel in Vancouver or Calgary).
- The amount of skiing, measured in vertical feet or meters. Most guarantee a minimum, typically 100K feet per week. Over that, one pays $30 to 45 per thousand feet. Some operators charge a higher base price, but include unlimited vertical. Ski as much as you want. Some charge by the hour of helicopter flight time (common in Privates and in Alaska)
Trips come in all sizes, typically 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 days.
There are 1-day operators, usually found near a resort. It’s a taste of the real thing, and expensive for what you get. You have to be prepared to go over the safety briefing every day, and they cater to newbies, so be ready for the challenges and delays that can bring.
Some operators combine catskiing and/or resort skiing with heliskiing. This can be a good way to warm up, and it keeps the cost down. Catskiing is 40-50% of the cost of heliskiing on average.
How does one decide? Call or email me or one of the HELISKI.com team – Sarah, Kelly, Julia or Mike.
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