Canadian helicopter skiing is known throughout the ski world as the greatest.
Our editors have gone heli- skiing, and they haven’t been the same since (its
the ear to ear grin). To heli ski or heli board in Canada, in British Columbia's Purcells
with Purcell Heli Ski, the Monashees with Eagle Pass Heli Ski, or the Bugaboos with CMH, Mike Wiegele,
Bella Coola Heli Sports,
Whistler, RK Heli,
should be a must on every
skier's list. Heli ski trips are typically all-inclusive with luxury lodging in a mountain
cabin, gourmet meals and plenty of vertical powder skiing. Or you can try a day
of heli skiing on a ski trip to Revelstoke
or Kicking Horse with nearby heli ski
Cat skiing is on the
rise in the Canadian Rockies too.
There is something priceless about helicopter skiing (although it actually quite
pricey at about $1,000 a day or $5,000-15,000 per person for a week). Flying in a private chopper to
remote untouched summits, being dropped off on a knife's edge peak with nothing
but snowfields and spectacular mountains surrounding you is amazing. As the
whirl of the helicopter blades and the rush of blowing snow settle, you hear the
helicopter sound dissipate, and you are left with solitude, peace and powder
awaiting your ski signature.
Heli ski trips vary based on the location you choose, the size of your ski
group, and the level of skiers you are grouped with. You pay more for an A Star
Bell helicopter which holds only 4 or 5 skiers plus a guide and pilot, but you
get more private powder. If you are in larger group sharing a big helicopter,
you may spend time waiting for fellow skiers, and waiting for your helicopter to
return as they service another ski group sharing the same pilot and chopper for
the day. Choose one of the best helicopter ski companies with good
heli ski reviews and a strong safety record. You should be a competent expert
skier, able to ski any terrain in all conditions. Heli skiing is mostly men,
very few women heli-ski but
heli ski operators are trying to improve that ratio with family heli ski
girls heli ski trips.
No matter what heli ski company you travel with, the camaraderie and excusive
ski terrain is unmatched and should definitely be on your skiers bucket list.
Not only is the skiing amazing, returning to your heli ski lodge after a day of
deep powder and big vertical, you have luxury lodging, spa treatments, après ski
cocktails around a fire, and great stories during a gourmet meal at a grand
dining table with your new ski buddies. You go to bed dreaming of more untouched
snow, and pray for clear weather so you can fly again the next day.