Great Canadian Heli-Skiing prides itself on having access to some of the best terrain in the world. With such a diverse range of terrain, you need the right skis. You are welcome to bring your own ski equipment, however, we do provide complimentary, powder-specific skis. Our ski of choice is the Armada JJ. Armada was founded in 2002 by a group of professional skiers and was the first rider-operated manufacturer. With a gradual taper, the JJ offers a shorter turning radius than most skis. It floats effortlessly through deep snow and the hybrid ultralight core keeps the skis incredibly light.
For lighter weight skiers, we offer the Armada Triple J (a down-sized JJ!) in a 155 cm size. We keep our skis tuned and in top notch condition so they’re as ready as you are when it’s your turn to head out and shred.
By using our skis, not only will you save the hassle of travelling with yours, you will also know that there is a true powder ski underfoot.
We have the ARMADA Zero JJ in size 165, 175, 185 and 192 cm.
With over thirty years of experience as a boutique heliski operator, we have seen equipment change substantially over the years. Powder-specific skis and snowboards like the Armada JJ and Burton Fish/Flight Attendant are designed to float and be fun to ski/ride on. While excelling in untouched snow, they also provide stability and confidence when conditions are less than ideal.
Our guides, (who are out there day in, day out, all season long!) generally recommend selecting a ski slightly shorter (5 cm) than your resort ski. The most notable benefit from this approach is you will have more energy to complete your day if snow conditions change or weather/visibility force the program into more “below treeline” ski terrain.
Boot sole length is one of five parameters used to adjust and set alpine ski bindings, referred to as your DIN setting (the others being weight, height, age and skier type). DIN, short for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization), is the industry-adopted scale of release force settings for ski bindings. It is not used in any way, whatsoever, to adjust snowboard boots to snowboard bindings. You can request a preferred DIN setting if you know it.
Determining your boot sole length is straightforward with a ski boot in hand. The length of your boot sole is stamped or molded into the plastic shell of the boot, either on the side of the heel of each boot or on the side of the boot forward of the heel. It will appear in millimeters and look similar to this: “325 mm” or “mm 325”.
How to determine your boot’s sole length without a boot: If you know the brand, model and mondo point size of your boot, but do not have access to your physical boot, check this chart to find your “boot sole length” (which is different than your foot size).