TheExpeditioner Ski Week- Day 4: Heli-Skiing

Thursday, December 3, 2009


I feel obligated to put a few posts on the back burner in lieu of our impromptu “ Ski Week 2009” (tag- you’re it, Matt). Next topic: Heli-skiing.

To those not familiar, this Jaunted headline will fill you in pretty quick: “Take A Helicopter To Ski Where (Mostly) No One Has Skied Before.” I’d like to highlight two specific areas that stand out as the center of the heli-skiing universe; Revelstoke, British Columbia and Valdez, Alaska.

At Canadian Mountain Holidays, you can use their isolated backcountry lodges to access “endless powder runs, epic tree skiing and unrivaled fun,” in and around Revelstoke. Similarly, Valdez Heli-Ski Guides claims their terrain “is unlike anything you could ever imagine.” I, personally, agree with both statements.

However, this post comes with a few warnings…

  1. Heli-skiing is NOT, nor ever will be, for beginning skiers and riders. Seriously.
  2. Heli-skiing is NOT, nor ever will be, cheap (a four day trip will run you between $7,000- $10,000).
  3. Heli-skiing is NOT, nor ever will be, anything less than epic.

  • I'd love to to try this – bit on the dollar though.

  • JLomu

    Also worth considering is Great Canadian Heliskiing ( <a href="” target=”_blank”> At NEH they only have unlimited vertical for some tours in early season when it gets dark earlier, so very deceptive. I went with Great Canadian and ALL their packages include unlimited vertical. Plus they are easier to get to than the other operation mentioned which requires and extra flight and an extra night accom on both ends of the trip!

  • Remo

    You can get quite cheap heli skiing 4-day trips for 4590 $CAN at Some of the trips have unlimited vertical. I have been there twice and loved it. The terrain is huge and the groups small (4-5 people per helicopter)
    well worth checking out.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Remo. Unlimited Vertical?? Now you're speaking my language! Looks like a great operation.

  • I loved Revelstoke, even without a helicopter! If you hike a few meters from the skilift you can access untouched powder runs and glades with without any tracks, it's an absolutely breathtaking place!

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