COMPARISON OF HELI SKIING OPERATORS IN CANADA_ LOCATION_ HELISKI by jlhd32

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									                                                   COMPARISON OF HELI SKIING OPERATORS IN CANADA: LOCATION, HELISKI PACKAGES,
                                                                      HELISKIING TERRAIN SIZE, COST, VERTICAL




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cost per additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     accom - low season


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          guarantee per day
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cost per day with



                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cost per day with




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Guests per guide
                                                                                                                          Annual snowfall
                                                                                                        Hectares (000s)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Board/ski hire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1,000 vertical
                                                                                                                                             Elevation (m)




                                                                                                                                                                                                 accom - high




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vertical (m)
Canada             Location                        Package type                Ability level




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       included?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              metres
                                                                                                                                                                                                 season
                                                                                                                                                                      4 runs




                                                                                                                                                                                        6 runs
                                                                                                                                                             3 runs




                                                                                                                                                                               5 runs
                                                                                                                          (m)
                                                                               strong intermediates
Selkirk Tangiers   Revelstoke; can drive to lodge 3-7 days and single days                              202                     9                *           750#     832      914        *         1,194               955               4,400                     92                11                  yes
                                                                               in powder & above
                                                                               intermediates skiers
                   Panorama ski resort; can        single days; accom not
RK Heliski                                                                     & advanced boarders 150                         11                *           690       *       810        *             *                   *                    *                    *               11                 skis
                   drive to heliport               included
                                                                               & above
                   Golden; can drive to helipad;                               intermediates skiers
Purcell Helicopter                                 single days; accom not
                   offer a shuttle service from                                & advanced boarders 200                          *                *           709       *       849        *             *                   *                    *                    *               11                  no
Skiing                                             included
                   Banff & Lake Louise                                         & above
                   Pemberton N of Whistler;        single days (or can also
Coast Range                                                                    intermediates &
                   package includes shuttle        arrange multi-days and                                81                   10                 *            *       880        *      1070            *                   *                    *                    *             4-5                   no
Heliskiing                                                                     above
                   transfer from Whistler          accom)
         Heli-
Whistler Heli-                                            day; 4       run
                                                   single day; 3,4 & 6 run     intermediates &
                   Whistler                                                                             175                     *                *           795      880        *      1125            *                   *                    *                    *             5-10                  no
skiing                                             packages                    above
Powder Mountain                                    single days - 5 run         intermediates &                                                                                                                                            2,438-
                   near Whistler                                                                        32                                  2,438             *        *       995        *             *                   *                                                           4                 no
Heli-skiing                                        packages                    above                                                                                                                                                      3,658
                   Meadow Creek; north end of      single days (or can also
Stellar            Kootenay Lake 2 hours from      arrange multi-days &        *                        32                      *           3,048             *        *         *      1290            *                   *                    *                    *                 4                   *
                   Nelson                          accom)
                   North of Whistler (4hrs);
TLH                                                2, 3, 4, 5, 7 days          advanced and above       336 14-18 3,048                                       *        *         *        *        1,488             1028                 4,375                    108                11                 skis
                   ground transfers included
                   Blue River; 2:40 from           3, 5, 7 days; unlimited
                                                                               intermediates and
Mike Wiegele       Kamloops; 5 hours from          vertical; also have cat                              486                   10                 *            *        *         *        *         1,428            1,071                3,484                       0                 5                 yes
                                                                               above
                   Revelstoke                      skiing or heli/cat combos
                   1:75hrs from Prince George;                                 black run riders and
Crescent Spur                                      5 or 6 days                                          388                     *           2,743             *        *         *        *         1,276            1,065                4,877                     92                  5                skis
                   8:30hrs NW of Revelstoke;                                   above
                   Rossland; junction of          2, 3, 4, 5, 7 days; cat skiing
Snow Water                                                                       *                       61                     *                *            *        *         *        *        1,500             1,350                4,115                       0                 4                skis
                   highway 3A and 6               as a backup
                                                                                 strong intermediate
Eagle Pass         27km west of Revelstoke; can
                                                  2, 3, 4, and 7 days            skiers or expert       109                     *                *            *        *         *        *         1,789            1,448                5,000                    139                  4                skis
Heliskiing         drive to the lodge
                                                                                 boarders above
                   halfway between Golden and
Great Canadian                                    2, 3, 4, 5, 7 days; small      strong intermediates
                   Revelstoke; can drive to the                                                              *                14            3,200             *        *         *        *         1,816            1,519                4,375                       0                 4                 yes
Heliskiing                                        groups                         & above
                   lodge
                   Revelstoke; staging area is 2 3, 4, 5, 7 days; small
Mica Heliguides    hours           Revelstoke;
                   hours north of Revelstoke;     groups; use cat skiing as a advanced and above
                                                  groups; use       skiing                               72                 16.5                 *            *        *         *        *             *                   *             4,500                       *                 4                 yes
                   lodge only accessible via heli backup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cost per additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    accom - low season


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         guarantee per day
                                                                                                                                                                                                Cost per day with



                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost per day with




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Guests per guide
                                                                                                                         Annual snowfall
                                                                                                       Hectares (000s)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Board ski hire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1,000 vertical
                                                                                                                                            Elevation (m)




                                                                                                                                                                                                accom - high




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vertical (m)
Canada             Location                       Package type                  Ability level




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       included?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             metres
                                                                                                                                                                                                season
                                                                                                                                                                     4 runs




                                                                                                                                                                                       6 runs
                                                                                                                                                            3 runs




                                                                                                                                                                              5 runs
                                                                                                                         (m)
Last Frontier                                                                   strong intermediates                                                                                                                                                                               5 to
                   3.5hrs NW of Smithers          3, 4, 7 days                                         900 19-30 2,438                                       *        *         *        *         1,548            1,041                4,400                     121                                   skis
Heliskiing                                                                      & above                                                                                                                                                                                             11

Bella Coola Heli  200km north of Vancouver;                                     strong intermediates
                                                  semi-privates, 7 days                                500                     *                *            *        *         *        *         1,607            1,607                       *                    *                  4                skis
Sports - Pantheon transfers included                                            & above
Bella Coola Heli
                   Bella Coola; transfers         3, 4, 5, 7 days, various      strong intermediates
Sports -                                                                                               607                     *                *            *        *         *        *         1,426            1,396                4,300                    144                   5                skis
                   included                       programs                      & above
Tweedsmuir
Northern Escape    Terrace, 2 hour flight north of 3, 4, 5 & 7 days; snowcat    strong intermediate
                                                                                                       600                   25            2,500             *        *         *        *        1,400             1,255                4,400                    138              4 to 6                skis
Heli Skiing        Vancouver                       back up                      to expert
                   north of Revelstoke; lodge     generally 7 days (also 3, 4   strong intermediates
CMH Adamant                                                                                            107                   18            3,100             *        *         *        *         1539                914               4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                   not accessible by road;        and 5 days)                   & above
CMG Bobbie         2 hours south of Golden;
                                                  generally 7 days              fast paced skiing      105                   15            3,050             *        *         *        *         1689                933               4,357                    105                 11                  yes
Burns Lodge
         g         lodge accessible via heli
                      g
                   west of Invermere; meeting
                                                  generally 7 days (4 and 5     strong intermediates
CMH Bugaboo        point at Calgary airport,                                                           102                   12            3,050             *        *         *        *         1539                914               4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                                                  days)                         & above
                   Banff or Radium
                                                  generally 7 days (some 5      strong intermediates
CMH Cariboos       near Valemount                 day trips); special steep                            149                   14            3,000             *        *         *        *         1539                914               4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                                                                                & above
                                                  skiing weeks
                   SE of Revelstoke; access via                                 strong aggressive
CMH Galena                                        generally 7 days                                     118                   18            3,100             *        *         *        *         1539                927               4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                   heli                                                         skiers
                   north of Revelstoke;           4, 5, 7 days (& one 3 day     strong intermediates
CMH Gothics                                                                                            192                   18            2,800             *        *         *        *         1460               866                4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                   accessible via road            trip)                         & above

                   downtown Nakusp; 2 hrs S of
CMH Kootenay                                    3, 4, 5 days                    strong intermediates   116                   18            2,880             *        *         *        *         1490              1308                4,357                    105              5-10                   yes
                   Revelstoke, 2:30 N of Nelson
                   Mica Creek near Blue River,
                                                                                strong aggressive &
CMH Monashees      1:45hrs from Revelstoke;       generally 7 days                                     171                   20            3,140             *        *         *        *         1539              1043                4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                                                                                experienced riders
                   accessible by road
                                                  mainly 7 days (also 2, 3, 4, strong intermediates
CMH Revelstoke     Revelstoke (in town)                                                                160                   18            2,700             *        *         *        *          1150              854                4,357                    105                 11                  yes
                                                  5 & 8 days)                  and above
                   meeting point at Calgary
                                                                                strong intermediates
CMH Valemount      airport, then flight then van privates - 4 and 5 days                               150                   14            3,150             *        *         *        *             *             1130                       *                  117                  5                 yes
                                                                                and above
                   ride to lodge
                   meeting point at Vancouver
                                                                                strong intermediates
CMH Silvertip      airport then flight then heli to privates                                           156                   18            2,600             *        *         *        *             *                   *                    *                    *                  5                 yes
                                                                                and above
                   lodge
                   meeting point at Prince                                      strong intermediates
CMH McBride                                         privates - 7 days                                  210                   14            3,000             *        *         *        *             *                   *                    *                 n/a                   5                 yes
                   George airport then road                                     and above
COMPARISON BETWEEN HELI SKIING OPERATIONS IN BC CANADA - NOTES
* reliable information not available or not applicable
Prices are in Canadian dollars
The prices listed above are for the 2009-10 season and serve as a guide to compare heli skiing costs. Check each website for up to date costs.
Multi-day heliski packages include accommodation. Costs don't include taxes unless specified with #.
Rates are for standard packages, unless they only offer semi-privates or other.
If more than one accommodation option is available, the price for the less expensive option is provided. Cost is based on twin share.
Peak and low season definitions vary for each heli-skiing operation.
The inclusions in each heli ski package differs between the operations. Generally multi-day packages include accommodation, meals, and safety equipment. Not all heli ski
operations include ski and board rental. Very few operations include alcohol.

								
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