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Flexible Packages

TAKE A SNOW DAY, OR TWO TO TEN.

Your schedule is our schedule. We offer 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10-day packages that start on every day of the week to make it easier for you to join us.

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YOUR EXPERIENCE

IF OUR GROUPS WERE ANY SMALLER, YOU'D BE FLYING THE HELICOPTER.

Great Canadian Heli-skiing was born in 1988 when a guide and few heli-skiing guests wanted to recapture the spirit of adventure by pioneering small groups.

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OUR STORIES

BETTER, NOT BIGGER.

Great Canadian Heli-skiing was born in 1988 when a guide and few heli-skiing guests wanted to recapture the spirit of adventure by pioneering small groups.

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Conditions + Terrain

YOU DIDN’T PAY TO GO HELI-SIT-IN-THE-LODGE-ING.

The Purcell and Selkirk ranges are our playground and they offer every type of skiing imaginable; pillows, glades, and wide-open powder fields.

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Bookings & Planning

Prepare for your heli-skiing holiday

Be heli ready – Prepare for your heli-skiing holiday

Ready for heli arrival

Congratulations on making the decision to sign up for mind blowing powder skiing and possibly a #BESTDAYEVER! Now all you need to do is to make sure you are prepared to take advantage of our Small Groups, Unlimited Vertical and Great Canadian Powder. We want every day with us to be memorable for all the right reasons.
Here are our top 4 tips.

1) Get Ski fit!

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To fully enjoy your heli-skiing holiday you must be a strong intermediate skier or boarder. This means you have skied regularly over the last several years and are capable of controlling yourself on treed runs and traverses, and can manoeuvre over variable mountain conditions. Fitness is often even more important than ability when it comes to having fun and avoiding injury. Your focus should be on core and quads. The reality of heli skiing with small groups and sleek A-Star helis is that you will ski much more than on your typical resort skiing day – and with shorter breaks and wait times. Expect to heli ski 7 to 12 powder runs in a day.
Here is a guide on Dryland Ski Exercises (right) from our Former Guide and Physiotherapist that are highly recommended by us!

2) Warm up your Powder Legs

We recommend simply getting in as much skiing or boarding as possible before your trip with us! Hit your home resort often. We also recommend taking advantage of our location by planning a combination trip. Instead of driving directly from the airport to us, arrive a few days early, rent a car, and visit a few resorts. Another great option is to inquire at resorts about hiring a guide for a day or two at a resort- they are inexpensive and have the best knowledge of the mountain and can expose you to areas you otherwise wouldn’t find!

3) Packing – Boots and Layers

For skiing it’s all about layers. A Gore-Tex non-insulated shell plus several synthetic shirts and pants with varying thickness will allow you to adapt. Bringing your own well-fitting boots is very important! We have your powder equipment covered, but having boots that you are confident in makes all the difference. We highly recommend bringing them as a carry-on, because unlike your layers, we don’t have replacements for your boots!

4) Here’s some heli-skiing tips to make the most of your trip:

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  • Relax! On your first day you may feel overwhelmed, this is totally natural. Pace yourself, racking up vertical is not a competition. Ask your guide for technique tips.
  • Watch the guide. When your guide stops, scope out a spot close-by behind (i.e. uphill) from him/her on a bit of a mound or downhill slope, so that when you get going, you will already have momentum.
  • Having trouble getting speed? Start off in someone else’s track and once you have enough speed, veer off!
  • Listen and follow your guide’s instructions. If the guide trusts you, they will feel more comfortable taking you to even better terrain

5) Communicate with us

Please login to your online account to complete your Pre-trip administration once you receive the invite. The more forms and profile details you complete, the less paperwork you will have when you are here, and the more we will know about you. As your trip approaches, feel free to contact us with any questions at all!

6) Cameras

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Bring your camera or your Go Pro when coming on an adventure with us! (But make sure it is helmet or pole mounted rather than chest mounted due to transceiver interference. Also note that drones are not permitted at Great Canadian due to Transport Canada regulations.) You may just capture some of the most mesmerizing photos and videos that you will ever take. Don’t forget an extra battery, as they usually don’t last as long in the cold. Our Social media team love to feature your experience on our social media channels! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you may recognize familiar faces! Get connected, live the experience!

Just like our guests Tom, Lisa & Hauke, Olaf, Randolf, Raymond and Michiel, Nina & Jason, be heli-ready and experience your BEST DAY EVER! There’s a lot more to heli-skiing than amazing snow conditions and striking views, as you’ll be creating memories to remember forever and sharing the most exciting experience with your closest friends! Powder days are always better when you share them with someone special!

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