What is
Unlimited
Vertical?

All heli-skiing operations will guarantee a certain amount of vertical feet/metres. At Great Canadian, we offer a generous amount of vertical (e.g. 30,500m/100,000ft for a week long trip).

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Resort & Catskiing

Personalized Packages including:
Heli-Skiing, Resort Skiing & Cat-Skiing

We can build you a package highlighting the best powder operations in Canada.

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing is fortunate to be located in the middle of British Columbia’s powder producing epicenter… or as we like to say, ‘epic-center’! Because the region is blessed with so much snow, all types of ski operations have popped up. Within 30 minutes from the towns of Golden  and Revelstoke BC, there are all sorts of world-class heli skiing, cat-skiing, resort skiing, snowmobiling and backcountry lodge options.

In order to experience what this amazing region has to offer, we recommend combination packages that will let you see why our winter wonderland is a mecca for powder addicts.

If you would like to get your ‘ski legs’ back before going heli-skiing, or just want to ski the biggest vertical in the Canadian Rockies region (4,133ft / 1,260m), make sure to check out Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Haven’t heard of it? Well, think of skiing Jackson Hole, it’s very similar. The terrain (including 80 in-bounds chutes) and the scenery are awesome!

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has been making noise in the ski industry in recent years due to it having the largest vertical in North America (5,260ft/1,713m!) and huge amounts of snow every winter (40ft/12m), not to mention great terrain.

Another operation that is a MUST for any keen skier is Chatter Creek Cat-skiing. What is ‘cat-skiing’? It is like heli-skiing, but instead of using helicopters, they use ‘snow cats’ (aka snow grooming machines) that are capable of carrying groups of 12 people in a comfortable cabin on the back of the cat. Chatter Creek’s snow and terrain has become legendary, appearing in many ski and snowboard magazines and movies.

Due to our proximity it is the ultimate ‘powderhound’s’ dream trip to combine heli-skiing with the above operations. You can choose a trip combining Kicking Horse with Great Canadian Heli-Skiing or the complete powder junkies’ dream trip: a tour with Chatter Creek cat-skiing and heli-skiing at Great Canadian! We are happy to assist with the organization of these combination trips.

For more on these 3 operations, see “The Statistics”below.

HORSES & HELI TOURS

A week long, all inclusive, combo package skiing Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and heli-skiing with Great Canadian. 

Due to Great Canadian Heli-Skiing’s proximity to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the town of Golden (55 km), it seems a logical choice to combine both world class resort skiing with world class heli-skiing. All packages are based on 6 days of skiing split between resort skiing and heli-skiing (other lengths available on request).

HORSES & HELI Package Inclusions:

Note: this is a self-drive option only.

  • All accommodation —  The Vagabond Lodge while skiing Kicking Horse (located about 100 steps from the Gondola) and Heather Mountain Lodge while heliskiing.
  • Lift tickets — All mountain lift tickets for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
  • Rental Equipment —High performance skis or snowboards from Selkirk Sports while at Kicking Horse. Guests are able to demo different models during their rental period at no extra charge! Powder skis/poles/board while at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.
  • Meals — All meals for the heli-skiing portion. At Kicking Horse all breakfasts and lunch is included.
  • Heli-Skiing Package — Unlimited Vertical, so no extra vertical skiing charges! Small groups of 4 people. Free use of rental skis/board and transceiver. All meals, double occupancy accommodation.

Not included: transfers (this is a self-drive tour), applicable taxes,  dinners for resort portion, gratuities/tips, alcohol, extra services such as massage.

GOLDEN POWDER DREAMS

The ultimate powder trip. What do you get when you package the best heli-skiing in the world with the best cat-skiing in the world? Our “Golden Powder Dreams” package, the ultimate powder trip!

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing and Chatter Creek Cat-skiing have teamed up to create the best week long powder package you can imagine. Due to both operations proximity to Golden, British Columbia and to each other, it seems a logical choice to create a package that combines the best cat-skiing in the world with the best in heli-skiing. All packages are 6 nights and 6 days of skiing: either 3 days equally split between cat-skiing and heli-skiing, or a cheaper option: 2 days of heli-skiing and 4 days of cat-skiing.

Note: this is a self-drive option only.

GOLDEN POWDER DREAMS Package Inclusions:

  • Heli-Skiing Package — Unlimited Vertical, so no extra skiing charges! Average of 5,800m (19,350ft) vertical per day (strong groups can easily do more)! Small groups of 4 people. Rental of fat skis/board (bring own boots) and avalanche transceiver. All meals, double occupancy accommodation.
  • Cat-Skiing Package — Daily vertical 3,658 – 6,096m (12,000 – 20,000ft)! Only 1 group of 12 people per cat. Rental fat skis/board (bring your own boots) and avalanche transceiver. All meals, double occupancy accommodation.

Not included: applicable taxes, transfers (this is a self-drive package), gratuities/tips, alcohol, extra services such as massage.

 

The Statistics

With the equivalent vertical drop and challenging terrain as Jackson Hole, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort boasts 106 runs and 80 inbound chutes over 2750 acres, with terrain for all abilities. There’s also award-winning mountain top dining and a wide variety of winter activities. Located just 60 minutes east of Heather Mountain Lodge (base of operations for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing).

Ski Area: 2,750 acres
Vertical: 1,260m (4,133ftt)
Runs: 106 (including 80 in-bounds chutes)
Terrain: 20% beginner, 20% intermediate, 45% advanced and 15% expert.
Average Snowfall: 7m (275in)
Highest Elevation: 2,450m (8,033ft)
Lowest Elevation: 1,190m (3,900ft)
Lifts: 5 including a high-speed gondola.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a must if you love huge vertical, DEEP snow and great tree skiing. Located just 70 minutes west of Heather Mountain Lodge (base of operations for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing).

Ski Area: 3,121 acres
Vertical: 1,713m (5,260ft)
Runs: 54
Terrain: 7% beginner, 46% intermediate, 47% advanced
Average Snowfall: 12m (40ft)
Highest Elevation: 2,225m (7,300ft)
Lowest Elevation: 512m (1,680ft)
Lifts: 4 including a gondola and 2 high-speed quads.

Chatter Creek is one of Western Canada’s largest and most spectacular cat-skiing and heli-skiing destinations! Chatter Creek’s location enjoys a unique air mass, which produces some of the lightest, driest powder snow in the world. The varied terrain encompasses a mix of tree skiing, vast alpine bowls and spectacular glaciers. The views of the Rockies to the East and the Columbia and Clemenceau ice fields are unparalleled. At any one time, this vast area is shared by no more than 36 skiers and boarders plus their 6 guides. There are many places to cat ski but there is only one Chatter Creek!

Ski Area: 238 sq2 kilometers (92 sq2 miles) or 58,000 acres. Over 50 kilometers of active snow roads.
Vertical: Daily vertical 3,658 – 6,096m (12,000 – 20,000ft). Each run can average 760m (2,500ft).
Runs: limitless
Terrain: tree runs, old burns, wide open alpine areas and glacier skiing. 65% of the terrain is alpine and glacier skiing, 35% is tree skiing.
Average Snowfall: 14m (550in or 46ft)
Highest Elevation: 3,000m (10,000ft)
Lowest Elevation: 1,500m (5,000ft)
Lifts: 3 snow-cats with only 1 group of 12 people per cat. 2 back-up cats on-site.

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, the most accessible Canadian heli-skiing operation from an international airport, is located between Golden and Revelstoke BC in the heart of the world’s heli-skiing powder belt. GCH offers helicopter assisted guided skiing in the snow-choked mountains of the Purcell and Selkirk Ranges. In 1988, Great Canadian Heli-Skiing pioneered skiing in small groups of 4 and was the first to incorporate Unlimited Vertical in all packages.

Ski Area: 437 sq kilometers (169 sq miles) or 108,191 acres (that’s equivalent to 13.4 Whistler-Blackcombs for a maximum of only 24 people!).
Vertical: Average groups do 6,500m (21,450ft), very strong groups can do 10,000 vertical meters (33,000ft) in a day. Each run can average 460 – 760m (1,500 – 2,500ft).
Runs: +150 named runs.
Longest Run: “Cornice Glacier”: ca. 1,800m (5,905ft)!
Terrain: All types of terrain – glaciers, open bowls, gladed trees.

Average Snowfall: 14m (550in or 46ft). Snow base is usually over 3.5m (12ft).
Lodge Elevation: 1,030m (3,379ft)
Highest Peak in tenure: 3,251m (10,666ft)
Highest Drop-off: 2,970m (9,744ft)
Lowest Elevation: 834m (2,736ft)
Down Days:

Winter 2012/2013 – Only 1 down day!!

Winter 2011/2012 –  2 days

2010/2011 – 3 days, huge snowfall winter!
2009/2010 – Just 2 PARTIAL down days (some skiing on both days!)
2008/2009 – Just 2 PARTIAL down days (some skiing on both days!)
2007/2008 – NO down days!
2006/2007 – Just 2 down days

Lifts: 2 A-Star helicopters, the best in the business. Small groups of 4 people, with a max of 3 groups operating from 1 helicopter.

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