Small groups play a big role in Canada’s best heli-skiing operation.
You will LOVE skiing in small groups! The experience of heli-skiing in groups of 4 has revolutionized the industry, to the point that experienced heli-skiers won’t settle for anything else. Heli-skiing today is all about using fast, agile helicopters to carry small, personalized groups. Once you go small, that’s ALL you will want to do!
Skill matching: It is much easier to include people of similar skiing abilities and ambitions in a small group. This reduces wait times for aggressive skiers, and takes pressure off less-experienced skiers who may feel like they are holding up the group.
Enhanced safety: It’s much easier for our guides to ensure the safety of four people than for a larger number. It’s easier to lead and keep track of 4 guests, especially through the trees, and a tighter group means better communication. Our guides understand the importance of clearly conveying the features of a run: What to avoid, and where you can let it rip! (see our Terrain page for more details and photos).
Terrain gains: Our vast tenure is home to a stunningly wide range of terrain — cool chutes, natural half pipes, beautifully spaced tree skiing — and much of it is easier to navigate with a small group. Plus, the last person to ski down still has fresh tracks! We can also use smaller helicopters with smaller groups. Fast and nimble, the AStar B2 can safely access landing and take-off zones that larger helicopters can’t reach, such as small ridges or slopes where trees are tighter. Plus, everyone gets a great view out of the helicopter!
Going mobile: Our guides love managing small groups because they are very mobile. Let’s say it’s snowing heavily in the morning and we are unable to fly. As soon as there’s a clear break and it’s safe to ski, a small group can get out there more quickly than a larger group.
Speed and efficiency: Think about the time it takes for a large group to get in and out of a helicopter that is probably servicing 3 or 4 groups totaling as many as 48 guests. Now, think of our program, which never services more than 3 groups of 4. Having no more than 12 guests at a time translates to less time getting in and out of the chopper and getting geared up, and more time skiing!
Compared to larger helicopters, which usually need to refuel 3 or more times a day, our AStars refuel only once — and that’s when you’re having lunch out in the field! If it’s late in the season and groups are skiing a lot, we may need to refuel again. The good news: We usually have 2 helicopters working in tandem, so you can keep skiing while one helicopter refuels.
The list of benefits goes on (and on): With small groups we know your name and you can tell us your thoughts. With small groups it’s easier for your guide to get to know you and your desires. With small groups you only need 3 other friends or family members to form your own private group. With small groups there are only ever 3 people between you and your guide. With small groups we are able to ski at your group’s desired pace. With small groups you are going to have a lot more fun!