All heli-skiing operations will guarantee a certain amount of vertical. At Great Canadian, we offer generous guarantees — 30,500m/100,000ft for a week long trip, for instance — with no limit on how much you ski. You may have previously skied at operations that charge extra to ski more than the guaranteed amount — around $100 for every 1,000 vertical meters is pretty standard. Then, at the end of your stay, you were presented with a substantial bill on top of what you had already paid. Not good, and not fair!
We pioneered the industry-changing concept of “Unlimited Vertical” simply because we want you to ski your brains out without having to worry about any extra charges. Once you’ve reached the guaranteed amount…just keep skiing! Do we slow down once we reach the guaranteed amount? Hell no! In fact, our most recent statistics show that the average intermediate skier on a week-long trip easily surpassed our guarantee by racking up 43,000 vertical meters (141,000ft). Unlimited Vertical can save intermediate skiers hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and strong skiers even more!
Does Unlimited Vertical mean you can ski the whole day non-stop? Well, not quite. We run a very similar length of day to a ski resort. Our guest day runs from 9:00 am to 3:30-4:30 pm (see Typical Heli-ski Day). This allows for a fulfilling day of skiing for our guests while allowing for our guides’ day to start at 7:00 am and run to 6:00 pm with pre and post meetings to plan for your enjoyment and safety. On average guests ski 7,170 vertical meters (23,500ft) a day while a big day is over 10,000 vm (33,000ft).