How Much Does it Cost to Go Heli Skiing?

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What does heli skiing cost?

A good rule of thumb is heli skiing cost is $1,100/day/person US  ($1,500 Can.).  But costs vary A LOT!  The cost of heli skiing in Canada for a week, 6-7 days, ranges from $8K-$16K USD ($10K – $20K Can.) per person.   A Private week of heli skiing costs 2 to 3 times that number!  Read details below.  Is it worth it?  Watch this video and tell me!

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What determines heliskiing cost?  How much does it cost to go heli skiing?

Heli Skiing Prices vary by:

  • The time of year (early and late season the cost to go heli skiing is significantly less)
  • 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).  Longer heliskiing trips cost less per day
  • 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 a hotel in Vancouver or Calgary).
  • The amount of heliskiing, measured in vertical feet or meters. Most guarantee a minimum, typically 100K feet per week. Over that, one pays $40 to 60 per thousand feet Can. ( $35-50 USD). Some operators charge a higher base price but include unlimited vertical – Heliski as much as you want.  Some charge by the hour of helicopter flight time (common in Privates and in Alaska)
  • Helicopter skiing cost is largely a function of the helicopter cost.   Which is a function of  the flight time of the helicopter.  Longer trips cost more (including fuel runs, first/last runs, changing ranges, etc)

Trips come in all sizes, typically 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 days.  The heli skiing price per day typically goes down as the trip gets longer.  So the cost to go heli skiing is higher per day for shorter trips.

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Single day heli skiing cost can be lower.

For example, a 3-Run package can be $700-$800 US or less.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 and bucket-list heliskiers, 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.

Helicopter skiing cost is one of many factors to consider….

How does one decide?  Call or email me (TJ) or one of the HELISKI.com team – Sarah, Kelly, Julia or Mike.

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