Whistler Heli Skiing

Whistler Heli Skiing has been flying into the backcountry surrounding Whistler/Blackcomb for 35 years and knows this world famous terrain better than anyone else. They’ll take you to high alpine glaciers and steep, gladed tree runs, all within easy flying time of Whistler Village.

At Whistler Heli Skiing you’ll experience convenience and flexibility that can’t be matched. Whether you are only able to squeeze in one day or have a week or more to shred untracked lines, they’re able to satisfy your powder appetite. Located in the heart of Whistler means that you don’t have to commit to traveling to a remote lodge, but you still get all the benefits of British Columbia’s renowned mountains.

In addition to outstanding skiing, they’re operational policies are designed to let you create the perfect experience to fit your life. When the day is going great and you just can’t get enough, they have a simple extra vertical plan that you can take advantage of to keep on skiing. If the weather turns a bit crazy there is a well-defined refund policy that’s based on how much skiing you were able to get in. And they offer a multi-day discount that includes free ski/snowboard rentals which can be used any time after your first day; it’s not limited to consecutive days.

PROGRAM DETAILS

LOCATION: Whistler, BC
DATES: Dec-Apr (Daily)
DURATION: Day Trip
PRICE: Starting at $1399.00

Overview

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.

Quick Stats

Terrain

Whistler Heli-Skiing has exclusive access to 432,000 acres of rugged Coast Range terrain that has made British Columbia famous for heli-skiing. They have 173 high alpine glaciers scattered across 16 different zones so there’s plenty of options to find excellent snow conditions on every imaginable aspect. The same massive snowfall that hits Whistler/Blackcomb blankets the wilderness they fly in, but you don’t have to share it with the 2 million annual skiers that visit the inbounds resort.

In addition to the many glaciers there is an endless variety of big mountain pitches that will keep your adrenaline flowing and satisfy your need for face shots. Whistler Heli-Skiing has been in operation for a long time, so they know all the secrets of where to find the best snow.

Group Configuration

Whistler Heli Skiing’s Ultimate Excursion is only offered to advanced skiers who are fit and want to keep the pace high and rack up the vertical. Group size is limited to five people and they use a Bell 407 helicopter which is faster and more maneuverable to keep you hitting the runs you want without waiting around.

Location: Whistler Village, British Columbia

Tenure: 432,000 acres

Mountain Range: Coast Mountains

Group Configuration: 5 people or less per helicopter

Vertical: Approx. 9,000-15,000 ft (2,700-4,600m), runs vary from 1,400 to 5,000 vertical feet (400m to

1,500m).

Average Snowfall: Annual average of 11.91 metres / 469 inches of snow

Program Details

Our most popular package. The 6 Run Excursion Heli Ski Package caters to the advanced to expert skier or boarder looking to maximize vertical AND powder. This package is best for those wanting a fast-paced, energetic ski day. Want the ultimate Canadian ski experience? Let our expert guides take you to untracked powder and incredible big mountain terrain. We’re willing to bet it’ll be your best ski day ever!

Vertical: Approx. 9,000-18,000ft

Cost: $1399.00 per person

6 RUN PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Group size of 4-5 guests
  • Shuttle to and from our Heli-base
  • Certified Mountain Ski Guide
  • Gourmet Alpine Lunch
  • Après at our Heli-base
  • Personal Avalanche Safety equipment and Expert Safety Training

OPTIONAL SERVICES

Powder ski rentals ($50* per pair)

Additional runs ($105* per run, per person)

All pricing is subject to 5% GST

*All guests are required to sign a general release of liability prior to skiing or boarding with Whistler Heli Skiing

Video

Why Book

If you’re looking for incredible backcountry powder skiing with the convenience of staying at a major resort, this is the place for you. From their base in Whistler Village they provide transportation to the heliport, a full day of skiing with a deluxe lunch, and bring you back for an après’ party at the Bearfoot Bistro where a video replays the days exploits. The flexibility to book just one day, or as many as you want is a bit rare if you want to ski world class terrain like what Whistler Heli Skiing offers.

The Powder Guides team can help you fine tune details for your trip and make your travel plans as seamless as your day in the backcountry will be. They specialize in arranging airport transfers, extra hotel nights, or a bonus day of resort skiing so that you can enjoy the powder and not sweat the hassle of organizing logistics.