Whistler Heli Skiing, Epic Skiing That’s Easy to Access
The package is named the Ultimate Excursion because it’s designed for serious skiers to get the most powder on the terrain they want with no messing around. This small group experience will keep you
moving in the steep and deep whether you prefer wide open slopes or more complicated routes pieced together from mountain top to valley floor. Almost 500 runs are spread across 16 separate zones so there is plenty of terrain to find great snow on a perfect pitch. Whistler Heli-Skiing boasts exclusive access to 173 alpine glaciers, plus extensive sub-alpines slopes and tree runs. With 35 years of experience they have it dialed in to know where the best skiing will be based on the recent weather patterns.
Whistler Heli Skiing’s Ultimate Excursion is limited to just five skiers a day of advanced ability who want to ski at a fast pace. We ride in a Bell 407 helicopter because it’s faster and more agile than bigger rigs, so we can spend more time skiing and less time getting there. Bearfoot Bistro provides a deluxe lunch while we’re in the mountains, and at the end of the day we return to their Heli Lounge to relive the best moments of the day.
The Coast Mountains that Whistler Heli-Skiing is based in has a huge variety of terrain and diversity. If you’re familiar with the Whistler/Blackcomb ski resort, just imagine it being 50 times bigger and that’s the kind of options there are to choose from. Jagged peaks and high alpine glaciers are what get photographed the most, but there are also long gladed tree runs and routes through old growth forest at lower elevations. These runs below the tree line are what keep us skiing when the weather prevents flying up higher, and with an average of over 11 meters (450 inches) of snow, there’s always a good option to choose from.
Whistler Heli-Skiing has a generous cancellation policy, and since you don’t have to commit to a full week in a remote lodge you won’t feel like you’re gambling with the weather forecast. Date changes andcancellations made 24 hours in advance are free, and they give pro-rated refunds if you don’t get at leastthe six runs that are advertised. When conditions are good you can easily add extra vertical for just $105 per run.
Whistler Village and the surrounding region has so many attractions that you’ll definitely want to plan additional days for taking them all in. The most obvious example is the Whistler Blackcomb ski area with two full-sized resorts combined into one to tune up on before flying into the backcountry.
The Powder Guides staff are experts at combining a day or two at Whistler Heli-Skiing with several more days of fun in the greater Whistler region. They will help arrange transfers from the Vancouver airport to Whistler (about a two hour drive), recommend the best lodging situation for your needs, and coordinate a multitude of other activities that will make your trip unforgettable. We live here, so we can answer all your questions and put together the best package possible.