Best Heliskiing Series: Revelstoke’s Best Short Heliskiing Trips
This is the second in our series on the best heliskiing trips. Heliski.com clients often ask us to put together the best short heli-skiing trips. This usually includes 3 or 4 days of heli-skiing with minimal travel time and minimal risk. For some, it is more about getting the best deal. Others want to combine heli-skiing and resort skiing.
Here we discuss the best short heli-skiing trips to Revelstoke. We visited them all last winter. It is a tough job, but somebody has to do it!
In future posts, we will offer advice for the best heliskiing in Southeastern BC, the US and the best heliskiing combined with resort skiing and boarding.
CMH Revelstoke’s Iconic Big Apple, image: Topher Donahue/Canadian Mountain Holidays
Travel Time / Convenience
Revelstoke is not the most convenient heliskiing destination to reach, but it’s not bad.It is best to fly to Kelowna, then drive or take a shuttle two hours. Kelowna has better reliability than many remote BC airports, thanks to weather and more sophisticated radar.
The good news is that there are three operators, and multiple packages from which to choose.Typically, the longer the trip to which clients are willing to commit, the better the rates.
Down Day Risk
The weather is about the same for all three. Selkirk-Tangiers claims to have a slight advantage based on geography.
The Best Short Heli-Skiing Trips-Revelstoke
It is possible to do a short heliskiing trip to the heart of BC helicopter skiing, aka the Epic Center of the Monashees – Revelstoke.You can fly into Kelowna, which is just two hours by rental car or shuttle service. Kelowna can be reached by direct flight from Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, as well as many other.
Canadaian airports, including Edmonton, Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, Red Deer, Abbotsford, Cranbrook and Whitehorse.
International airport direct flights into Kelowna, BC include: LA, Phoenix, Seattle, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.There are three heliskiing options in Revelstoke: Eagle Pass Heliski / Heliboard (run by boarders), Selkirk-Tangiers (owned by the Revelstoke Mountain Resort), and CMH – one of two hotels out of their ten heliski locations in Canada.
Eagle Pass Heliski offers both all-inclusive and single-day small group heliskiing with unlimited vertical. They have a new day-heliskiing lodge 6 km out of town.The lodge is very nice.And it only holds 12 guests, so book early.
Eagle Pass Heliski / Heliboard is Small Groups Only
Selkirk-Tangiers Heli-Skiing runs both large and small group heliskiing from a hotel just outside of Revelstoke. STH can offer great deals because of the hotel lodging and large helicopters.Helicopters in the parking lot is cool.
Selkirk-Tangiers Skis the Selkirks and Adamants
CMH Revelstoke offers 1, 3 and 4-day large group heliskiing, mostly booked in advance. We can sometimes get space within a week of the start date for a CMH trip that is not sold out. Lodging is a hotel in ‘downtown’ Revelstoke. There are some cool amentities, including restaurants, night life and a lap pool. Skiing is in 4 groups of 11.
Mica Heli-Skiing deserves honorable mention. It takes a little longer to reach, and it is not cheap. But Mica’s new lodge is almost always sold out, which should tell you something!
View by Mica Heliski Guides.Image by Keri Knapp
Let us know if we can assist with recommendations for your next heliskiing trip,