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Heliskiing vs. Resort Skiing, We Do the Math to Maximize Powder Value

Heliskiing vs Resort Skiing – We do the Math to Maximize Powder Value

EASY MATH: CANADIAN HELISKIING FOR MAXIMUM POWDER VALUE

Written by Tom Jackson

This time of year skiers and riders start to make plans for their winter trips.  Most assume that a resort trip is less expensive.   That may be true (although by a surprisingly small margin when you compare, so keep reading.)  But heliskiing is more cost effective.

It is not obvious, so we did some analysis. We compared a week of heliskiing Canada to a week at Vail, Colorado. And we love Vail.  I spent two seasons and many, many weekends there!  This analysis is getting long in the tooth.  Time to revisit it.

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Full Disclosure: as the leading heliskiing Canada broker/agent, HELISKI.com, I will admit we are biased. HELISKI.com and HeliskiingReview.com represent over 90% of all Canadian heliskiing, so we know the best options.

The lodging we chose for the Resort comparison was Vail’s Tivoli Hotel – a nice 4 Star within easy walking distance of the lifts (although significantly farther than the chopper is from the lodge…..)   It is also not the kind of remote lodge/setting you can get when helisking.

We skied every day, hired an instructor to skip lift lines, ate at moderately priced (for Vail) restaurants and rented nice equipment.  February is the month we chose. We assumed the same airfare for both (even though some heliski operators actually pick up the last leg of the trip.)  Now that the Denver airport (DOA) is in Kansas, we assume the travel hassles to be comparable. In either case, guests can drive, ride a couple of hours in a shuttle or take a puddle jumper.

The cost of the Resort Trip:

February week-long trip to Vail, 1 Person

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We also looked at 5 of our favorite Canada heliskiing operators.  For one week, we got an average cost of $8700 Can., $8,430 US

Preliminary Results

Vail Resort:  $8,055
Heliskiing Canada:  $8,430

Amazing, eh?  Admittedly, we conveniently omitted extra vertical charges – some Canadian heli-skiing operators include unlimited vertical, some charge over 100,000 vertical.  Extra vertical is optional, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.  In any case, the Resort is still cheaper, even if only barely.

 

The rest of the Story:

Any comparison must include qualitative information, too. It is hard to compare a week in a remote heliskiing lodge and the convenience, decadence and comfort it offers.  The reader will have to weigh the difference.

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Skeena Canadian Heli-Skiing Lodge

How much more exciting and enjoyable is heliskiing?  Untracked on every run, all week, without hurrying?!?  It’s subjective, but for me a powder run is probably ten times better than a non-powder run.  Maybe it’s five, maybe it’s 20.  Let’s use Powder Value (PV) to compare. Each vertical foot of powder will be one PV. One vertical foot non-powder is therefore is 1/10 PV or 0.1 PV.

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Is a powder run 10 X better?

A powder run which you do not have to hustle and compete for is certainly more enjoyable.  We could say there is nothing like it on earth, but that’s Vail’s slogan.  So, we give a heliski powder run 25% more powder value (PV).  I know the locals ski until it’s tracked (11-12:00 and that is getting earlier every year…)

The average Vail resort skier/rider accumulates about 12,000 vertical feet/day, totaling 72,000 for the week.  Anyone interested in heliskiing is probably doing more, so we bumped it by about half, calling it 100,000 vertical feet for the week.

On average, one storm will hit in our week. In Vail, that’s a foot of ‘new’, if you’re lucky.  Untracked powder runs will dry up by 11:00 or 12:00, unless you know the mountain and hug the trees.  A side note: this is getting worse every year with faster chairs and fat skis proliferating, but I digress.  We give the benefit of the doubt, and assume ½ of one day, so 9,000 feet of powder skiing (PV) with some effort.  The rest of the week amounts to 9,100 PV (91,000 feet * 0.1).

The Resort total is 18,100 PV.

Canadian Heliskiing operators include 100,000 vertical feet (or more), with 25% higher PV than the resort.

The heli-skiing Canada total is 125,000 PV

 

Final Results

Vail Resort 18,100 Powder Value  for $8,055
Heliskiing Canada 125,000 Powder Value for $8,430

Fun Ratio: 125/18.1 = Almost 7 times more fun to heliski Canada than a week at a resort!

The price is roughly comparable.  And you can certainly do a resort week for less.  You can also pay more for heliskiing, but the PV will also increase.

But the kicker is that, for about the same price, Heliskiing Canada trip is 7 times more fun!
Best,

tj

Tom Jackson
CPO (Chief Powder Officer)
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Altitude is Everything – HELISKI.com Interviews RK Heliski

 

RK Heliski Interview with Panorama Heli Skiing Operator

 

RK Heliski is one of the pioneers of heliskiing, including an affiliation with Hans Gmoser and CMH / Canadian Mountain Holidays.  For 46 years RK Heliski has offered heliskiing in the Purcells from the Panorama Resort.

This past season was challenging.   But working with RK, we were able to rescue some clients by sending them to RK, where the conditions were excellent.   One client wrote, “You are a genius!!!  Thank you so much it was perfect!!!!!!”   So, thanks to RK Heliski for making us look good!

We had a chance to talk with Graham Holt, GM of RK Heliski.   I hope you enjoy it.

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Should your slogan be “Altitude is Everything”?  (It is now, after I suggested it!)


Love that, TJ!

Heliskiing the Purcells for 46 years?!  You came right on the heels of CMH. How did you pick your terrain/tenure?

The initial operation was owned and operated as CMH Radium which ran for a year in the front ranges of the Purcells. During the same time Roger Madson (RK) was pioneering fixed wing skiing via a Platus Porter aircraft on the NorthStar and Catamount Glaciers. After a few challenging landings, and requiring a rescue for a maintenance issue of the plane in the backcountry, RK had heard of Hans Gmoser utilizing a helicopter further up valley and enlisted his services. From that day forward Roger Madson entered into an arrangement with Hans and moved operations adjacent to the Panorama Ski Area where the real snowbelt could be accessed. Over the years, the further West in our tenure you go the deeper the snowpack. Overtime the tenure has grown to 1500 sq/km. Altitude is everything, and 45 yrs later we have pioneered our entire ski/snowboard tenure and know it intimitley.

Describe the RK Heliski terrain in the Purcell Mountains, please.


Alpine glaciated terrain 3400m-2600m, Treeline terrain 2600m-2200m, below tree line terrain 2500m-1500m. Average length of run approx. 800m. Good stability and clear skies we can access runs that average 1000m with the longest runs being 1500m. Treeline terrain is a mixture of wide open bowls with very sparse trees at lower elevations, adventure terrain, with a mixture of boulders, morainal features. Below tree line skiing is open maintained runs. Steeper tree skiing can be 45 degrees. During poor weather or stability we have numerous safe runs to handle all levels of experience.

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RK Heliski offers a wide variety of packages.   Please give our readers a summary.


RK offers daily packages starting at a 3 run or a 5 run package for those looking for a single powder adventure. Guests also have the option to ski extra runs and can be decided on the day they are skiing. We gear our 3 run packages to first time/intermediate heli skiers and our 5 runs toward more advance to expert skiers.

We also provide a number of private packages ranging from a Powder Private which includes 5 runs. This package allows you up to 7 skiers and the exclusivity of your own group. Whether your group prefers to ski at a mellow place or ski at a fast and aggressive pace this option is for you. Our Elite and Platinum packages are based on 1.5 hrs. of flying time so for those that really love to ski and want to experience the Purcell Mountains on their own terms this is for them. These packages include a private breakfast in the morning as well as have exclusive use of the Bell 204 helicopter. Our Platinum package includes an extra ACMG ski guide.

All our packages include breakfast in the morning, lunch out in the field, ski’s/poles and/or snowboard, guest pack containing shovel, probe and radio as well as your transceiver and holster. We provide full training on the use of this equipment. All our packages can be transformed to multi-days as well.

I think HELISKI.com clients appreciate the Private Platinum package.


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How much vertical can they expect with 1.5 hours of flight time?

9000-10000m

What is the mix of day heliskiers and multi-day/private?


50% day skiers and 30% multi-day, 20% exclusive privates

 

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RK Heliski, like most resort-based operators, does not have a lodge.  How do multi-day clients find lodging?


RK Heliski can provide a wide range accommodation found on our website that meets the needs of all ranges of budgets. Being based at Panorama Mountain Resort we have a variety of accommodation to suit every guests needs and budget from hotel rooms, condo units, townhomes and private chalets.

Why do you recommend the Cranbrook airport.


1hr 45min drive by vehicle to arrive at our base operations the Heli Plex.  Calgary is 3.5hrs away.  After a long flight this proximity is what we recommend.  For those clients that want to heliski and explore other ski destinations a stop over from Calgary in Banff is also a must do.

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Why do RK Heliski Private packages use a Bell 204 Plus?


The 204 plus is a Bell 204 with a 205 engine, lot’s of power and fuel efficiency at altitude. A lot of space to stretch out between runs, easier access entering and exiting the aircraft when compared to light machines.

Tell us about the Banff and Lake Louise options.


World class accommodation at the Fairmont hotels in Banff and Lake Louise. These two gems are the basis behind Banff National Park being established when considering Western Canadian being accessible from the building of the historic Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888. A wide range of chalets, private homes, quaint mountain accommodation.

Thanks, Graham!

Best Heli Skiing Trips: Resorts + Heliskiing Best Short Trips

Heli Skiing Trips + Resort Skiing Trips

Heli skiing trips plus resort skiing trips is next our series on the best heli skiing trips.  Heliski.com clients often ask us to put together the best short heli skiing trips.  This usually includes 3 or 4 days of heliskiing with minimal travel time and minimal risk.  For some, it is more about getting the best deal.   Others want to combine heli skiing trips and resort skiing.
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Also check out our previous articles:

Revelstoke’s Best Short Heli Skiing Trips

Best Short Heliskiing Trips – Coast Range

Best Short Heli-Skiing Trips – SE British Columbia

Best Short Resort + Heli Skiing Trips

Here we discuss the best short heli skiing trips combined with Resort skiing.

Travel Time / Convenience

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When combining resort skiing and heli skiing, minimizing travel time can save a day on the snow.  Having said that, some prefer a day off.

Starting at a resort can help heliskiers get acclimated to the Pacific Time Zone.The is true specially for Europeans.

Short Heli Skiing Trips Cost

Another advantage to combining resort and heli-skiing trips is reducing the total cost.

Warming Up for Heli Skiing

Many HELISKI.com clients would like to get their ski legs before jumping into a helicopter.  Combining resort and heli skiing trips is the obvious choice.
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Whistler / Blackcomb Resort + Heli Skiing Trips

Whistler is probably the resort most commonly used to warm up before a destination heliskiing trip.   Heliskiers connect through Vancouver on the way to all five of the Coast Range Heliskiing operators.  And Vancouver is only an hour and a half away.  For short trips including Whistler, consider Bella Coola Heliskiing, Northern Escape Heliskiing and TLH Heliskiing.

The Best Short Heli Skiing Trips – Resort + Heliski

Bella Coola Heliskiing

Combo trips with BCHS and Whistler work really well. in fact, we have many clients that do a pre- or post- Whistler trip.

There’s busses that leave from YVR every hour to Whistler, so transfers are super easy. Guests could sleep the night in Whistler, take the morning shuttle to YVR to meet the flight to Bella Coola, and be heli-skiing the longest descents in North America that afternoon.

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A sample 7 night combo could look like this:

Day 1) Take a shuttle from YVR up the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Potential to ski in the afternoon

Day 2) Ski Whistler-Blackcomb

Day 3) Ski Whistler-Blackcomb

Day 4) Take the bus from Whistler to Vancouver Airport South Terminal for mid-morning flight to Bella Coola (70 minutes). After lunch and the safety briefing, heli-ski the rest of the afternoon

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Day 5) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range

Day 6) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range

Day 7) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range

Day 8) Spend the morning heli-skiing the way to the Airport. On arrival, the guests luggage will be waiting so that they can change clothes for the short flight back to Vancouver, arriving around 2pm. Guests can then fly home that same evening!

Therefore a 7 night trip will give people 2-2.5 days of resort skiing and 5 days of heli-skiing (2 half-days and 3 full days). Not bad!

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing makes this list as well.  Golden is home to Great Canadian Heli Skiing and Kicking Horse ‘The Jackson Hole of Canada.’  So it’s a great combination of terrain and easy travel.

  • Great Canadian Heli-Skiing will accommodate your group for as many days as you like, starting and stopping on any day.
  • All heliskiing is unlimited vertical at GCH, too.
  • 6 groups of 4 in an A-Star, so you can find a group with similar ability and aggressiveness

TLH Heli Skiing Trips

TLH Heli Skiing Tenure is just North of Whistler.   A shuttle takes guests from Whistler to Pemberton, where short hop by a chartered plane completes the flight to the lodge.    TLH is unlimited vertical, and just one group per helicopter!

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TLH / Whistler Heli Skiing 

Combo Package can include:  Unlimited Vertical Heli Skiing trips at TLH

  • 4 nights’ accommodation at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Whistler, BC
  • 1 night accommodation in Vancouver, BC
  • Transportation from Vancouver to Whistler, Whistler to TLH and return to Vancouver (combination of land and air)
  • 2 day lift pass for Whistler-Blackcomb Resort
  • All gourmet meals at TLH

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Northern Escape Heli-Skiing is just 20 minutes from the Terrace airport.  So getting from Whistler to the lodge is very easy and convenient.  It is possible to ski Whistler Blackcomb in the morning, and have dinner at the Northern Escape Heli Skiing lodge.

Snowwater Heli Skiing has a resort / catskiing / heli skiing trip combo that is unique.  It’s called the Kootenay Sampler.

One Resort day, 2 Catskiing days, 3 or 4 heliskiing days.

I have not done the Sampler, but I have heliskied with them, which was great.   And the lodge is a ton of fun.

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THE PEAK SEASON KOOTENAY HELI SKIING TRIPS INCLUDE:

DAY 1
– your trip starts with a night at the Prestige Resort in Rossland
– breakfast voucher for ski hill in the morning is included
– a day pass for Red Resort ski area

DAY 2 and 3
– 3 nights accommodation at Nelson’s Lakeside Prestige Resort and Convention Centre
– 2 days snowcat at their sister company, Valhalla Powdercats, lunch and morning snacks included
– breakfast at Prestige Resort in Nelson

DAY 4
– breakfast at Prestige Resort in Nelson
– pass for Ainsworth Hot Springs Caves and Mineral Baths.

DAY 5, 6 and 7
– 3 or 4 days of heli skiing with Snowwater Heli Skiing

– 3 groups of 4

UNLIMITED VERTICAL!
– all alcohol (except cellared wine and premium liquor)
– 3 nights accommodation at Snowwater Lodge
– 3 delicious meals a day for the length of your Snowwater stay
– personal safety backpack with avalanche probe, shovel and water bottle
– use of digital barryvox avalanche transceiver
– avalanche safety and transceiver training
– helicopter safety briefing
– specially selected poles and fat powder skis
– transfer to and from the lodge from the base office.

Honorable Mention Heli Skiing Trips

Last Frontier Heliskiing, for the ultimate warm up plus a full 7-day package.  3 days at Whistler, 1 in Vancouver, and 7 days heliskiing at the Bell 2 Lodge.  It looks like this:

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Let us know if we can assist with recommendations for the best BC heli skiing trips!

tj

Best BC Heliskiing Series: Best Short BC Heliski Trips

Best BC Heliskiing Series: Best Short Heliski BC Trips

The Best Short Southeast BC Heliski Options

This is the third in our series on the best heliski BC trips.  Heliski.com clients often ask us to put together the best short BC heliski trips.  This usually includes 3 or 4 days of BC heliskiing with minimal travel time and minimal risk.  For some, it is more about getting the best deal.   Others want to combine heli-skiing BC and resort skiing.

Also check out our previous articles on Revelstoke’s Best Short Heli Ski BC Trips and Best Short Heliskiing BC Trips – Coast Range   

Here we discuss the best short BC heliski trips in the mecca of BC heliskiing- Southeast British Columbia.
In future posts, we will offer advice for the best heliskiing in the US and the best BC heliskiing combined with resort skiing and riding.

SE BC Heliskiing Travel Time / Convenience

Southeast British Columbia is where the majority of BC heli-skiing is found.  It is remote.   But paraphrasing Hans Gmoser, Founder of CMH Heliskiing, ‘Beautiful places are not always easy to reach, but it is worth the effort.’  Most heliskiers fly into Calgary, then drive or take a bus or shuttle to the lodge or to the helipad.   Flying into Kelowna is also becoming more popular, with direct flights from these airports:

Edmonton, Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, Red Deer, Abbotsford, Cranbrook and Whitehorse, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.A couple of lodges, including one mentioned below, are accessed through Spokane, Washington in the US.

SE Heliski BC Cost

SE BC heliskiing operators offer the best deals in the early and late season.   Unlimited vertical packages may be worth it, especially in the Spring when days are longer.  More traditional pricing, including a specified number of vertical feet, allow guests to decide when to pay to continue skiing.

BC Heliskiing Down Day Risk

Down day risk lessens as one moves North in SE British Columbia.   The North is typically colder, and the snow can be drier and lighter.  And surprisingly, the South can be influenced by Coastal weather patterns.   That means tons of snow, but can ground the chopper.   This is one of the  reasons why we like Snowwater Heliskiing’s catskiing backup.

The Best Short Heliski BC Trips – Southeast BC Heliskiing

And the winners for Best Short SE BC Heliski trips are:  Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, CMH Kootenay and Snowwater Heliskiing

Great Canadian Heliski BC

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing BC runs a great operation in Golden, BC.It is only 4 hours from Calgary.  Great Canadian Heli Skiing offers a shuttle, but only on Saturdays.  And it is on the East side of Rogers Pass – the most frequently closed highway in Canada.  So a rental car in a good option.  One of the best features for short trips BC Heliski trips is that Great Canadian Heli-Skiing allows guests to begin and end visits on any day, which is unique, and very cool.

All trips at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing BC are small group and unlimited vertical.   It is not the least expensive option, but guests can rack up the vertical.  Some of their best terrain is very close to the lodge.  So guests heliski / heliboard early and often.   Great Canadian Heli-Skiing BC is also on the leeward side of the Pass, so they enjoy lighter drier snow and fewer down days. Great Canadian Heli-Skiing BC boasts just two down days per season!

The Great Canadian Heli-Skiing lodge accommodates 24 guests.  Heli-Skiing is in six groups of four.  So if you do not bring your own group, Great Canadian Heliskiing can always match you with other like-minded heliskiers with compatible abilities.

Check out our Interview with one of the BC Heliski winners, Great Canadian Heli Skiing

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Great Canadian Heli-Skiing’s famous Burnt Forest offer high-speed tree skiing.

CMH/Kootenay BC Heliskiing

Canadian Mountain Holidays has 12 BC heli-skiing lodges. The best kept secret may be CMH Kootenay, formerly known as K2.  It was a join venture between the two companies, with obvious symmetry, but now it’s just CMH.  The trips are usually pretty good deals.  Kootenay BC heliskiing is famous for tree skiing.

Lodging is a hotel.   The best feature is the outdoor hot springs.  So if you are looking for a deal, consider Kootenay BC Heliski as an option.  CMH runs both small and large group trips at Kootenay BC Heli-Skiing.   Special weeks include Steep Shots and Pillow Drops.3, 4 and 5 day trips offer great flexibility. Guests need to find their own way to the lodge in Katsup.  This usually means flying to Kelowna, BC or Spokane, WA and renting a car. The drive is 4 and 5 hours, respectively.

Check out our Interview with CMH Kootenay 

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Snowwater Heliski BC

Another gem of SE BC heliskiing is Snowwater Heli-Skiing BC.  It is an intimate setting, hosted by the owners, husband and wife Patric and Maria.

Snowwater Heli-Skiing BC is also exclusive, catering to 12 guests at any one time.  The food and wine are excellent.

Snowwater Heli-Skiing BC offers 3, 4, 5  and 7-day trips with Unlimited Vertical.   Three groups of four heliski BC groups share an A-Star.  And if the weather does not cooperate, catskiing backup is on the ready.  I have had the good fortune (I think) of experiencing this first-hand.   Our group switched back and forth seamlessly a few times during one day.  In my experience, Snowwater does it better than any operators.

Snowwater also offers a combination Resort, Cat, Heliski BC Trip called the Kootenay Sampler.   Although it is not a short trip, it is a very cool week of powder skiing at a very attractive price.

Guests usually fly to Spokane, WA, rent a car and drive 4 hours North.   It is possible to fly to Castlegar, BC and take a cab to Nelson.

Also check out our Interview with Snowwater Heli-Skiing BC

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Cheers from Maria and Patric, Married Owners & Guides – Snowwater Heliskiing BC.

Let us know if we can assist with recommendations for the best BC heliskiing trip
tj

Heliski Revelstoke | Revelstoke Heli-Skiing – Revelstoke Heliski

REVELSTOKE HELI-SKIING REVIEW –

HELISKI REVELSTOKE –

The Best Revelstoke Heli-Skiing !

Heli Skiing Revelstoke Reviews

Heliski Revelstoke is the second in our series on the best heliskiing trips.  Best Revelstoke heli-skiing?  Heliski.com clients often ask us to put together the best short heli-skiing Revelstoke  trips.   This usually includes 3 or 4 days of heli skiing Revelstoke with minimal travel time and minimal risk.  For some, it is more about getting the best deal –  want the best heliskiing Revelstoke prices?.   Others want to combine heli-skiing Revelstoke and resort skiing.  We offer four options to heliski Revelstoke.   We will also put together the best Revelstoke heli-skiing trip for your group, free.

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Heliski Revelstoke

Here we discuss the best short heli skiing Revelstoke trips.  We visited all three Revelstoke heli-skiing operators last winter.    It is a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

In future posts, we will offer advice for the best heli skiing in Southeastern BC, the US and the best heliskiing combined with resort skiing and boarding.

Heli-skiing Revelstoke, Best Revelstoke Heli-skiing

CMH Revelstoke Heli-Skiing Iconic Big Apple

image: Topher Donahue/Canadian Mountain Holidays Heli Skiing Revelstoke 

Heli-Skiing Revelstoke:  Travel Time / Convenience

Revelstoke heliski options are not the most convenient heli skiing 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.

Revelstoke Heli-Skiing Price

The good news is that there are three Revelstoke heli-skiing operators, and multiple packages from which to choose the best heliskiing heli skiing in Revelstoke.   Typically, the longer the trip to which clients are willing to commit, the better the rates.

Heliski Revelstoke Down Day Risk

The weather is about the same for all three.  Selkirk-Tangiers claims to have a slight advantage, claiming the best heli skiing geography and the longest tenured Revelstoke heli-skiing.

The Best Short Heliskiing Trips – Heli Skiing Revelstoke

It is possible to do a short heli skiing 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.  Check out the map of Revelstoke Heli-Skiing town.

Canadian 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 Revelstoke Heli Ski options:  Eagle Pass Heli Skiing and Heliboarding (run by boarders), Selkirk-Tangiers Heli Skiing Revelstoke (owned by the Revelstoke Mountain Resort), and CMH Revelstoke Heli-Skiing- one of two hotels out of their 12 heliski locations in Canada.

Eagle Pass Heliskiing and Heliboarding offers both all-inclusive and single-day Revelstoke heli-skiing small group heliskiing with unlimited vertical.  The new heliski lodge is very nice.  And it only holds 12 guests, so book early.  Eagle Pass Heli Skiing also has a day-heliskiing lodge 6 km out of town.  It books up way in advance, too!

Single Day Revelstoke Heli-Skiing

There are three options for single day Revelstoke Heli-Skiing:  Eagle Pass Day Program, – which books up fast, so reserve early.   Selkirk-Tangiers Heli Skiing Revelstoke usually has openings during the season.   And CMH Revelstoke Heli-Skiing.   Be aware that CMH Revelstoke Heli-Skiing will only take singles within 7-10 days of the Revelstoke heliski date.

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Selkirk-Tangiers Heliski Revelstoke Ranges:  The Selkirks and Adamants

Selkirk-Tangiers Heli Skiing Revelstoke runs both large and small group heliskiing from a hotel just outside of Revelstoke.  Selkirk-Tangiers Heli Skiing can offer great deals because of the hotel lodging and large helicopters.  Helicopters in the parking lot is cool!   Selkirk Tangiers offers Revelstoke heli skiing in Single Day and Multi Day.   A small number of runs is included, but extra runs are relatively inexpensive.  1 and 2 day heli skiing with Selkirk Tangiers is heli only.  3 days and more are all-inclusive.

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CMH Revelstoke Heli-Skiing

CMH Revelstoke Heli Skiing offers 4, 5 and 7-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 or had a cancellation.  Lodging is a hotel in ‘downtown’ Revelstoke.  There are some cool amenities, including restaurants, night life and a lap pool.  CMH Heliski Revelstoke is in 4 groups of 11.

Mica Heli Skiing Revelstoke

Mica Heli-Skiing Revelstoke deserves honorable mention among the Revelstoke heli skiing options.  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!  Three grouips share two helicopters, which is unique in the heli skiing world.  No single day Revelstoke heli skiing trips at Mica Heli Ski, however.

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Let us know if we can assist with recommendations for your next heliskiing trip,

tj

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What Killed Resort Powder Skiing? Post Mortem: Helicopter Skiing Canada


Sad, but true. Even if you are lucky enough to be at a resort for a powder day, by 11AM it’s over. Waiting in line for first chair is every local – townies of all ages. Usually they are looking up at tracks made by instructors, patrollers, employees and their friends. When the mountain opens, the mob laps without stopping until the hill is completely tracked. And it’s not even lunch time yet. Vail gets over 20,000 skiers and boarders on a ‘good’ day.

 

Sure that is why so many are relying on heli-skiing Canada for untracked. But it wasn’t always that way.

Remember finding untracked in the last afternoon? And I’m not talking about 4-5 turns.

And is this the reason you turned to helicopter skiing Canada?

So what has changed? Fat Skis, Snowboards and High Speed Chairs.

 

Fat Skis

The ability to ski powder used to be the domain of the ski bum, and those who had invested so many days skiing that they had hit enough powder days to develop some prowess in the deep stuff. But fat, shaped skis have changed that. Not just the huge, powder-specific boards. All-mountain skis have the surface area and shape to navigate powder and crud MUCH better than traditional skis. Intermediate skiers can, and do, criss-cross the mountain with aplomb after a run or two. These skis offer more “float”, making it easier and less tiring, so skiers can last longer, doing more laps. The result is that most runs are tracked faster than you can say ‘hit the trees.’

The fastest growing segment of the equipment market is backcountry/ski touring set ups, increasing the number of powder hounds at resorts on powder days.

 

Snowboarders
I’m not hating, I ski and snowboard. But consider how quickly a snowboarder can advance to shredding powder. Within one season, easily. 30% of resort visits are snowboarders (falling from 1/3 two season ago according to NYTimes) at Thanks to equipment resort powder skiing is definitely endangered.

 

High Speed Chairs

Lap times have been cut in half to two thirds. A detachable or high-speed chairlift moves at 14 mph vs. 6 mph of fixed chair lifts. 233% faster. Even without the advances in skis, this has taken a huge toll on untracked. And, most high-speed chairs are quads (or even 6’s), replacing slower doubles and triples. It could very well be that twice as many skiers are moving 2.33 times faster to ski….the same ‘stash.’ Resort powder is being tracked up 7 times faster from the new chair technology. If new and/or longer chairs have been added, it’s even harder to find untracked powder.

 

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Considering that you had to get lucky to hit a powder day, these precious few untracked powder runs are very expensive.

 

What to do?

Call in sick on powder days.

Storm Chase.

Move to Montana or Wolf Creek.

Heliski.

Try Helicopter Skiing Canada

 

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Meet the Unofficial Mayor of Whistler Village: Interview with Powder Mountain Heliskiing and Catskiing

 

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Interview by Tom Jackson, HELISKI.com Recently we visited with Gordon Calder who runs Powder Mountain Heliskiing and Catskiing in Whister-Blackcomb, BC. He goes by Gord, and is the unofficial mayor of Whistler Village. What follows are 15 or so questions with HELISKI.com and HeliskiingReview.com

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1. Gord, Powder Mountain used to be a catskiing-only operation. What made you decide to move up? (bad pun intended)   It has always been a dream, and when dreams come along you grab them and run. 2. Where is your terrain, in relation to Whistler-Blackcomb Resort?   15 minutes South. [387 square miles of terrain, so there is always a good aspect and angle to heliski.]   3. You get more snow than Whistler, too, eh?   30% more snow on average; if you don’t believe me I’ll prove it to you.  
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  More Snow than Whistler!
  4. Describe a typical day of heli-skiing with Powder Mountain.   All I can say is “Bucket List,” with Whistler as your backcountry lodge. Your Heli Day: 7:45am Meet at Gone Bakery in the Whistler Village, behind the grocery store, to check in and sign your waiver. Be dressed and ready to ski except for your ski boots. We drive you and your equipment to our simple base lodge The Powder Mountain base Lodge is 20 minutes south of Whistler on Highway 99 at the Chance Creek turn off, or to the Black Tusk Heliport in Squamish depending on weather conditions, where you meet your guides. . With Gone Bakery being right behind the grocery store, you can watch everyone race for powder as you saunter over to the Backside of Gone Bakery with your guide for your ride down to our lodge. Please be on time. Time wasted is skiing wasted. You can never get back turns you missed. 8:00am Departure for “Your Best Day Ever” from the Gone Bakery. Don’t be late. 9.00am At our simple base lodge we have a cozy fireplace and bathroom facilities. After a short talk on the day’s proceedings and a short helicopter safety briefing, we load up the helicopter and head out into the backcountry. Book and Ski Guaranteed: If the weather makes it impossible to fly, your powder day will be from our snowcat that we keep ready in case of the weather not cooperating. If your day is from the cat instead of the helicopter, you will only be charged for a day of catskiing not heliskiing.[cool] 9.15am – 9.45am You step out of the helicopter and begin a quick orientation to make you feel comfortable and to ensure you are familiar with our safety procedures and equipment. After that, it’s time to get our first taste of the day’s snow. You will be at an altitude between 6,500 and 8,000 feet, clicking into your bindings for the first run of the day. The first run is always a “Let’s Get Acquainted” run to let everyone get warmed up and so the guide can get an idea of everyone’s ability so they can plan the day that gets the best skiing or riding for the group. The groups’ ability and snow conditions determine what kind of terrain and runs we will be riding. 3.00pm – 3:30pm The end of your day depends more on the energy level of the group, snow and weather conditions, etc, than what time it is. 3:30 – 3:45pm You return to our Base Lodge, then transfer into our 4×4 vans and head back to Whistler. 4:30pm You are usually back in Whistler, dropped at Gone Bakery. [grinning ear to ear]   Bonus Question: As the unofficial mayor of Whistler, what are the best après-ski bars in Whistler Village? Longhorn Citta Amsterdam   5. If the weather looks iffy to fly, do you tell your guests to stay in town and ski Whistler?   HAHAHAHAHAA! No we jump in a cat and hit the most epic trees on the planet.   6. You ski the A-Star, so groups of four?   We do A-Star groups of 4 and a 214 for groups of 10.   7. How many groups per helicopter?   A-Star up to 3 groups of 4. In the Bell 214, 2 groups of 10.   8. Do you usually have space on short notice, or should guests make reservations before they get to Whistler?   If you only have one or two days to shred then book ahead. If you’re here for a week or so, feel free to roll last minute. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy and do not charge your card until the night before the trip leaves, so if you cancel there is no fee. [Cool]  
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  9. Can you recommend lodging in Whistler?   There are so many amazing places it does not really matter, just make sure your not right above a night club or you could get no sleep at all. [great insider tip...]   10. So, how did you come up with the name for Powder Mountain Heliskiing Catskiing?   Pretty easy, we have Powder and a Mountain. [Huh!]   11. Other than a Private, you offer 3-run and 5-run packages. $595 for 3 runs $995 for 5 runs How much vertical does each usually get?   Tons, most people don’t have the legs for what we offer!
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  12. Once your guests have had a taste, do you send them straight to   What’s the right answer? Of course!   13. So you are my gateway drug, eh?   We have Gateway and the Endway just jump on board for the ride. At Powder Mountain the answer is YES to every question. [Sounds like my old girlfriend]   14. Do you take a lot of heli-boarders?   With Ken Achenbach and Don Schwartz as the owners that is a big yes.  
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15. Do you provide powder boards for guests?   No we suggest going to summit ski and sport in the Hilton hotel.   Anything else you want to add?   The only way to describe our place can be said in just two words. “ EPIC” Thx TJ   LOL, you are the man, Gord!. Thanks. See you soon. tj Tom Jackson CPO (Chief Powder Officer) HELISKI.com HeliskiingReview.com WhistlerHeliski.com HEIBOARD.com 866-HELISKI (866-435-4754) heliski canada, helicopter skiing canada heli ski canada, heli-skiing canada
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Interview with Revelstoke Heli-Ski Operator Selkirk-Tangiers Heli-Skiing

 

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The rare Flying Hottie, spotted in the backcountry near Revelstoke, BC Canada

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Interview by Tom Jackson, HELISKI.com

1. How long has Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing been flying out of Revelstoke, BC, and how many skiers and riders have had their best day ever with STHS?

This is our 35th year of operation!

Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? We’ve got a huge client base from all over the world.

 

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Looks good to me…

2. A few years ago you joined forces with Revelstoke Mountain Resort. How have things changed?

It has created lots of opportunities for us to create new packages and offerings for our guests (heliski out of Nelsen Lodge, Lift & Heli Combo incl. 3 days of heliskiing and 2 days at RMR…). We still offer our guests the same amazing heliskiing products we always have but with a lot more options.

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3. Your 500,000-acre tenure includes the Monashees and the Selkirk Mountains. Compare and contrast the two, please.

A lot of the same goods! Both ranges run North-South through and around Revelstoke, BC. The Selkirk mountain range lies to the East of Revelstoke and the Monashee mountain range lies to the West of town. The bulk of our tenure is located in the Selkirk mountains so we tend to spend a lot of the time there, but we do like to check out the Monashee side of STHS as often as possible as well! They both include plenty of treeskiing, alpine bowls and glaciers for our guests to enjoy.

 

4. I get ‘Selkirk’ (the mountain range), but what the heck is Tangiers in Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Revelstoke?

It’s Tangiers is the name of a zone river in our northern Selkirk terrain, named after the Tangiers river. It is where the company’s original founder and owner, Peter Schlunegger, took his first heliski guests to heliskiing with STHS 35 years ago!

 

 

5. What percentage of your clients do a single day?

40-60%. Since we are ‘turning over’ guests daily rather than weekly, this allows us to accommodate many more people each week in our Day Heli programs than our multiday programs. However, we find that many single day clients end up adding at least a 2nd day to their experience and a lot will come back the following year for multiday packages!

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6. Can you please summarize the three single day packages?

Day Heli Experience – a great introduction to heliskiing including 3 runs Day Heli Advanced – for skiers/boarders with previous heliski and/or extensive backcountry experience. Includes 3,000 vertical meters rather than the 3 runs incl. in the Experience package.Private DayStar – our premiere day heliskiing experience. You and up to 3 friends in your own helicopter with your own guide experiencing all our terrain has to offer! Includes 5,000 vertical meters of skiing. [DayStar in an A-Star, clever]

ALL these packages also include breakfast, lunch, and après-ski snack, ski/board rentals, ACMG certified ski guide, safety equipment and training. Extra runs/meters available for a fixed rate (based on weather, time and group consensus).

 

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Small choppers are also an option from Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing

7. What is the most popular multi-day package?

We see lots of guests booking our 3 Day Classic packages because it is a great fit for busy schedules. The 6 and 7 day Classic packages still tend to be very popular however, lots of people are still looking for that traditional week-long heliski experience!

 

8. Tell us about lodging for multi-day guests?

We are based out of the Coast Hillcrest Hotel, located 5-min from downtown Revelstoke. A beautiful rustic log themed hotel, there are plenty of amenities (spa, hot tubs, fantastic dining room, lounge, work out facility, STHS retail shop etc.) for our guests to enjoy.

 

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Best Day Ever Groundhog Day

9. What other multi-day packages are available?

We have Private AStar packages for groups of 4 or 8, flying from the Hillcrest Hotel, Nelsen Lodge or Bighorn Lodge (at the base of RMR).

New this season we have a special 3 day Women’s Retreat (Jan.7-10 and Mar.10-13) just for the ladies, a 3 day AStar Steep Camp (Mar.3-6 and Mar.17-20) for clients looking to explore some of our more aggressive terrain and get more vertical, and our new Lift and Heliski combo incl. transfers from Kelowna airport, 6 nights accommodation, 2 ski days at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, plus 3 heliski days with STHS.

 

10. What is the average vertical for a day at Selkirk-Tangiers Heliskiing Canada?

Depends on a number of factors – what the weather is doing, time of year, what package the guests are booked for. Typically we will see a range of 1,500-3,000 vertical meters per day for our day packages and 3,000-5,000 for our mult-iday packages. However, if we have plenty of light, great weather and keen skiers/boarders, we can see groups skiing up to 8,000+vertical meters some days!!

 

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Tree Skiing from Revelstoke

11. Tell us about your Heli Ski Only packages.

These packages offer a little more flexibility for our guests. They can still ski with STHS but are free to arrange accommodations for elsewhere in Revelstoke. Available for certain 1, 2 and 3 day packages.

 

12. What are the options for Privates?

Our private packages can be 1-7 days in length, with our 3,,4,5 and 7 day AStar packages including lodging at the Hillcrest hotel. Shorter private AStar packages can be arranged without accommodation for clients who already have somewhere to stay in Revelstoke.

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Revelstoke Heli-Skiing

 

13. If the weather grounds the chopper, can guests go catski or make it to the Revelstoke Mountain Resort in time to get a full day?

Multi-day packages: if there is a down day during your multi-day package, guests have the option to go to the ski resort. The group’s guide will drive the group there/back and ski with them; lunch and lift ticket will be provided. If at the end of the package, guests haven’t reached their guaranteed heliski vertical for weather reasons, we will refund at a set rate for the unskied meters.Day Heli packages: Guests will get a full refund plus have the opportunity to get a ride to the ski resort if their heli day is cancelled first thing in the morning. If they do go out and at the end of the package guests haven’t reached their guaranteed heliski vertical, we will refund at a set rate for the unskied meters/runs.

 

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2 Edges or 4…

14. What percentage of your guests are heliboarding?

Hard to say, but it seems to be around 30-40%. It’s definitely not just for skiers, we’re happy taking skiers and boarders out and have a great fleet of rental powder skis & boards to choose from.

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15. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing?

There’s a reason we’re still offering up heliskiing and boarding for our guests after being around for 35 years – we know what we’re doing and our guests love it, coming back winter after winter! Revelstoke is a world-renowned destination for heliskiing for good reason and we’ve done our best to provide just that for thousands of our guests from all over the world.

 

Thanks. I hope to get back up there to Revelstoke to make some turns with you soon!

Best,

tj

Tom Jackson
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Interview with Purcell Heli Skiing Golden

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Purcell Heli Skiing Golden interview by Tom Jackson, HELISKI.com

1.  Purcell Heli Skiing Golden has been around for 40 years! 50,000 people have heliskied with you – that’s amazing! What has changed since you started?

In fact, 2023 will be our 49th year in operation, all under the same ownership and leadership. We’ve certainly seen a lot of smiling faces over the years. The technology has changed the most. From the beacons, the skis and the helicopter itself, the tools we use to do the job have evolved substantially, and I’m sure will continue to evolve.

Consumer choice, too, has expanded. There are so many different ways to enjoy heli-skiing now, with different group sizes, customized programs, in-lodge week-long trips or daily tours. Guests want to learn more about being in the mountains, be more involved. Education and insider information really adds to the experience – it’s a great change to see.

2.  Is it true that British Columbia heli skiing started in the Purcell Mountains?

Yes – the birthplace of heli-skiing was only 50 km south of our operation, in the Bugaboo range of the Purcells. Golden and the surrounding area boasts an impressive legacy in mountain guiding and heli-skiing. This year we’re celebrating 100 years of adventure tourism in Golden. Heli-skiing has been part of that since the 60′s.

3. What has remained the same at Purcell Heli Skiing Golden?

That’s easy – our outlook. From day one, it’s been about the guest experience. That has meant starting small, staying small, and devoting ourselves to quality customer service, even as standards and expectations have fallen elsewhere. It’s not just chasing vertical records here; we want to give our guests an adventure they’ll remember forever. We pay attention to people, and it’s a satisfying job to help people’s dreams come true!

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4. You are the closest heliski operator to Banff, and right next to Kicking Horse (the Jackson Hole of Canada, eh?). Are most of your clients adding heliskiing to a resort ski vacation?

Yes, and it’s really a perfect combination. Kicking Horse attracts all kinds of skiers and riders, but it’s definitely known as a mountain with lots of advanced terrain to offer. The big vertical and powder stashes in the chutes are a great warm-up for heli-skiing. A day in the heli is the icing on the cake, and a must-do for many international travelers ticking off the Canada bucket list.

5. What one-day packages do you offer at Purcell Helicopter Skiing Golden?

As part of the Classic program, guests can choose between a 3 or 5-run package. We ski as a group of 10 with 2 guides in a 205 helicopter. The Classic combines unforgettable adventure and superior value, making it a great choice all around.

The Semi-Private is another single-day program, where a group of 5 or more friends share the cost of all 10 seats in the 205 helicopter. It’s a chance to hand-pick your fellow heli-skiers and riders to match everyone to the same pace and ability.

Finally, the Private Program can be done for a single day and provides the ultimate small-group experience. With room for up to 4 guests, everyone rides in a private A-Star helicopter with their private guide. [Schwing! and Cha Ching!]

No matter what program you choose, we create a welcoming environment for you to feel comfortable and enjoy everything that heli-skiing has to offer – untouched terrain, incredible snow, and breathtaking views. All programs include a full safety briefing, safety equipment, packed lunch, après-ski platter and souvenir pins and stickers.

6. What does it cost to buy extra runs at Purcell Heli Skiing?

Extra runs are sold at $85 per person per run. If guests choose to upgrade straight from 3 to 5 runs, we simply charge the difference in the package rates.

Thank you Sir, May I Have Another?!

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7. How about multi-day packages at Purcell Helicopter Skiing Golden?

Flexibility is the name of the game here. Guests may select our Classic, Semi-Private or Private program, or any mix of the three, and book any number of days, consecutive or with breaks in between. Then you just multiply the daily rate by the number of days you’d like to heli-ski.

8. HELISKI.com has sent many satisfied clients to Purcell Helicopter Skiing. Thank you! What percentage of your guests are repeat offenders?

It seems like more every year. We often warn first-time guests that heli-skiing is a very addictive sport! Although we see plenty of new faces each year, a good third of our business comes from repeats. Our guests really like the convenience of access Purcell provides, plus the personal touch that makes a small, family-owned business hard to beat.

9. I spent a week in Golden one night. What do your clients do on ‘down days’?

The beauty of our setup is down days don’t keep guests trapped in a remote lodge, with only board games, napping or beer to fill the day (not to knock beer, of course). Because our operation is right in Golden, guests can have access to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, which is typically in great shape if the weather is too heavy for flying. You never have to worry you’ll miss a day of skiing.

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10. Purcell Heli Skiing’s former owner, Rudi Gertsch, was an early advocate for heliski safety. Didn’t he help found what is now HeliCat Canada?

He did, yes. Rudi was part of the earliest seasons at CMH Bugaboos, when heli-skiing was brand new. When he was ready to start an operation of his own, he and other early operators saw the potential for promotion through cooperation. In 1978, the British Columbia Helicopter and Snowcat Skiing Operators Association (later renamed HeliCat Canada)[wonder why BCHASSOA never caught on….small wonder] was formed to define safety standards and operational guidelines. British Columbia has since become a leading destination of heli-skiing, recognized worldwide.

11. The Purcells are famous for light, dry snow. Can you compare and contrast with some of the other famous mountain ranges like Selkirks, Monashees, Cariboo and Coast?

Within the Interior ranges, you generally see a deeper snowpack as you trend from East to West, from the Rockies to the Monashees. With increased precip. comes more moisture and more overcast days, too. The Purcells fall right in the middle, or even East of middle. Our snowpack isn’t often as deep as what the Monashees may have, but our geography brings us drier conditions and more sunny days. That keeps our snow light and fast – that notorious Champagne Powder.

The Coast ranges are a different beast altogether, and have incredible skiing too. What you don’t see as often on the Coast is the nice dry, fluffy conditions we get here. The snow quality in the Interior is hard to beat, and explains the high density of heli-ski, cat-ski, and other backcountry operators.

12. How many of your guests are heli-boarding?

Probably about 25% are riders, but they’re 100% welcome.

100% Welcome

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13. When does the Purcell Helicopter Skiing season open and close?

The actual open and close dates change each year, as we get underway and shut down according to client interest. Anywhere from December 1 to May 1 is good to go. People are often surprised that we still heli-ski into April, but some of the best days we can remember have happened in the spring. We still have killer snow to enjoy, so don’t take out your golf clubs/bike/kayak too early!

14. Do you offer deals to groups at Purcell Heli Skiing Golden?

If you’re a group of 6 to 10 people, we offer a percent discount based on the number of participants. So a group of 6 gets 6% off, a group of 7 gets 7% off, and so on. With a group of 10, you can choose between 10% off for everyone, or a free seat for the group leader. For some larger groups, one person does all the organization, so there’s an option for that person to get a free trip.

15. Anything else you would like to add about Purcell Heli Skiing Golden?

It’s a simple formula that has persisted all these years: love what you do, do it well, share it with others. Experience is what matters – ours and yours. Let it snow!

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Setting Sun, back to Calgary……

Call if you want to learn more or book your trip!

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tj

Tom Jackson

CPO (Chief Powder Officer)

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12 Minutes to First Tracks Heliskiing – from Downtown Vancouver!

Powder Mountain Heli-skiing and Heli-boarding is one of the three operators heliskiing Whistler-Blackcomb.

Powder Mountain just announced that you can Heli Ski from down town Vancouver B.C.! They did their first recon trip last week, and the first run is 12 minutes from the harbour heli port.

If you live in Vancouver and want to go HeliSkiing but don’t want to fight the traffic to Whistler, there is now an option.

Or, you can heliski your way to Whistler. Your bags will go by ground and meet you at your hotel!

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Call if you want to learn more or book your trip! 866-HELISKI
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