57hours is a service that connects adventurers with guiding companies to help you make the most out of the hours between Friday and Monday. 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using their tech-savvy, they make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations. They offer options for outings including some great trips for Heli-Accessed Ski Touring in British Columbia.
It should be noted that these adventures are suited for advanced skiers with previous skiing and riding experience in the backcountry. In order to keep up with your guide’s pace, you should be comfortable hiking uphill for 4000-6000 vertical feet every day and navigating steep, ungroomed, and treed terrain. If you’re not an advanced skier, we recommend checking out these beginner-friendly backcountry skiing options in British Columbia.
Here are some of our picks for heli-skiing.
Heli-Accessed Ski Touring in the Tantalus Range ($1,435.00 per day per person)
Since it’s only accessible by helicopter, the Tantalus Range offers some of the least crowded and most intimate backcountry ski touring experiences out there. Nestled in the Serratus-Dione Col with a height of 8,540 feet (2,603 meters), the Range is one of Canada’s most coveted alpine adventure areas. It owes its reputation to its stunning variety of objectives and skiing opportunities—from low-angle glacier runs to steep couloirs and jaw-dropping faces, it’s impossible to be bored here.
Heli-Accessed Backcountry Skiing at Valhalla Mountain Lodge ($3115 per person · 7 Days)
Let experienced guides show you the best terrain in the Kootenays! Explore the terrain and the best ski slopes, try out tree skiing or simply enjoy the fresh powder and solitude of Valhalla Provincial Park. Incredible terrain combined with epic snowfall and perfect temperatures results in nothing short of heavenly conditions! After a full day of enjoying deep powder, return to your luxurious and warm lodge for some recovering time in its cedar log sauna. Experience the perfect combo of adventure and relaxation, and make the most of your week on Kootenay pow!
Heli-Accessed Backcountry Skiing at Vista Lodge ($2695 per person · 8 Days)
One of the best features of Vista Lodge is how easy it is to get to! Staging is just a few metres off the Trans Canada Highway, 20 minutes from Golden, BC. Then, a short helicopter ride gets you to the world-famous snow. The ski season in the Selkirks is over 200 days long, and Vista Lodge is one of the best places for epic spring shredding — minus the crowds. You can expect lots of alpine and treed lines, with everything from gentle open slopes to steep pillow lines, with 1100 to 1300 meters skied per day on average.
Vista Lodge is located in the middle of a beautiful alpine meadow at the edge of Vista Lake. Vista is famous for its spring skiing, its five drainages offer a myriad of terrain choices. It’s perfectly positioned within the range and a portal to the big alpine zones off Cherub Glacier to the west. A heli ride gets you to the lodge, which sleeps up to 12 guests plus guides and has a professional chef — meaning warm meals after full days of skiing. It also has a wonderful sauna for a relaxing end to the day!
Global Rescue Membership
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
Skyblue Overland has been working with Global Rescue to spread awareness of their membership perks. Medical and security emergencies happen. When you find yourself in a tough position and are in need of some serious medical or rescue help, you want someone like Global Rescue to call. If you do not have a membership with someone like Global Rescue, an emergency evacuation could cost up to $100,000. That is why over 1 million members globally trust Global Rescue to get them out of those frightening situations.