While heli-skiing is not a sport for novice skiers, it may not be as hard as you think. If you ski black runs without hesitation and venture off the groomed slopes, you may be ready for heli-skiing. Even if you have never skied powder, you can begin you heli-skiing vacation by signing up for a 3-day Pre-Heli-Skiing camp to learn how to handle powder.
Canadian Mountain Holidays, which operates a series of comfortable mountain lodges in British Columbia, offers three to seven-day heli-skiing trips. The vacation includes lodging, meals, transportation, a heli-skiing or a heli-snowboarding guide, and use of the company's heli-skiing equipment.
All Canadian Mountain Holidays lodges feature a fitness center, outdoor sundeck, whirlpool, climbing wall, sauna and massage services. Canadian Mountain Holidays was founded in 1957 by Hans Gmoser, who in 1965 began using a helicopter to transport skiers. Today, Canadian Mountain Holidays is the largest Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking company in the world.
When to Go
The Heli-Skiing season begins in December and lasts through April. Different ski areas in which the company operates offer a wide variety to terrain, including open snowfields, glaciers and trees. If you plan your trip in the spring, you can expect longer and warmer days.
The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport with connections from major cities in North America. Canadian Mountain Holidays provides transportation from the airport.
Pricing & Reservations
Prices vary by length of trip and by location. A 4-day packages to Kootenay costs CND 3,771 (about US $2,370). For more information and for reservations call 800-661-0252.