See our heli-skiing and heli-boarding deals and vacation packages from the official site for Whistler Heli-Skiing based in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Powder for all abilities. Plan and book your heli-ski or heli-board vacation, find out what to expect, what you need to bring and what the weather is like. View our heli-ski area maps, videos and photos. You can heli-ski or heli-board in the powder snow for just one day or go for as many days as your legs will take.
All heli-adventures are lead by a professional, certified heli-ski guide and include the use of avalanche transceiver, on–mountain lunch and return ground transportation from Whistler Village.
Clothing and Personal Gear
Tips on clothing and other gear
Your ski attire should be very similar to what you would wear for a day on Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. The modern ski clothing of breathable, water-resistant, and windproof materials is very good. The layer system is best but avoid the temptation to over-dress. Goggles, gloves, and a hat are a must, and sunglasses and sunscreen are necessary on sunny days in the spring. A wool or fleece hat is better than a baseball cap, which can be blown away by the helicopter. The Whistler Heli-Skiing Store carries a good selection of top-quality ski wear, powder gloves, and ski accessories.
What to wear:
- Please dress the same way you would for the mountain.
- Goggles are a must.
- Sunglasses (with retention straps) are best kept for springtime use.
- Sunscreen is important in the spring.
- Please bring a wool or fleece hat. Ball caps are not recommended.
- Skiers wishing to bring a shovel pack may do so if it is small and approved by the guide in the morning. Please remember that you will be expected to ski with it for the entire day as nothing may be left in the helicopter.
- Hydration backpacks are a great way to bring water along and are frequently carried by our veteran heliskiers.
In each 205/212 helicopter, there will be one of our specially trained video-photo team to capture the day on film for you. You may bring your own camera, but we suggest that it be small enough to carry in a pocket.
To verify that you have made the right choice of apparel you may check the current alpine temperature and weather conditions from the Whistler/Blackcomb "snowphone" at 932-4211 early in the morning before you go skiing.
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Your heli-ski day will be a lot more fun with the right ski equipment. Powder skis are wider under the boot than most other skis, and generally shorter than regular ski area skis. Our rental shop has powder skis for expert skiers, and for advanced and intermediate skiers. Your own "shaped skis" (not parabolic or racing skis) are suitable only if you are a very experienced powder or heli-skier. In very deep powder or tricky snow, true powder skis make a huge difference. Talk to our ski tech at the rental shop for good advice on equipment. Please bring your own ski poles and ski boots, which can easily be fitted to our rental skis.
Snowboarders almost always do better in the powder snow with a longer, wider, and softer snowboard. Short carving boards and long narrow racing boards are not suitable for heli-boarding. Your snowboard should come up at least to your nose. We have Burton powder snowboards
available for rent at the rental shop. Discuss your equipment needs with our tech. If you have a specialized binding, it can usually be transferred to a Burton powder snowboard.
Powder skis and powder snowboards are available for rent until 7:30 pm the evening prior to your ski date, at the rental shop. Our qualified technician will assist you in selecting the right equipment for your ability and the current snow conditions.
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Bell 205 Helicopter
With 1800 shaft horsepower, can carry a group of 10 or 11 skiers and boarders, depending on weight, plus the guide and the pilot. You will be amazed by the size, power, and agility of this workhorse of the Canadian heli-ski industry.
Who should go in the Bell 205 :
The 205 heli-ski packages are especially suited for the following:
- intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders
- expert skiers and boarders who are heli-skiing for the first time
- any group of skiers and boarders larger than five people
- anyone who wishes to be in the day's video and photographs. A Whistler Heli-Ski photographer accompanies each Bell 205.
Bell 407 Helicopter
This very modern, single jet-engine, four-bladed rotor helicopter has real performance - very fast, very agile, with a tremendous climbing capability. It can move a group of 5 skiers or boarders, plus the guide and the pilot very quickly around the backcountry heliski areas.
Who should go in the Bell 407:
The Bell 407 is especially suited to:
- veteran heli-skiers and boarders who want to move quickly and do 6 or more runs in a day
- any group of 5 skiers and boarders who want a more private experience and will do at least 6 runs during the day. A Whistler Heli-Skiing photographer can be available with the Bell 407 by special request.
This single jet-engine helicopter, manufactured by Eurocopter, is similar in performance to the Bell 407. Whistler Heli-Skiing will be using this helicopter to fly skiers and boarders who have booked the Ultimate Excursion package. The A-Star can carry groups of 4 or 5 skiers and boarders, plus the guide and the pilot. It will also be available for groups of skiers or boarders who wish to have their own private heli-skiing experience.
Who should go in the A-Star:
Heli skiers and boarder who have booked the Ultimate Excursion package may be flying in either the Bell 407 or the A-Star. The A-Star is especially suited to:
- veteran skiers and boarders who want to move quickly and do 6 or more runs in a day
- groups of up to 5 skiers and boarders of similar abilities who are looking for a more private experience
- a group of skiers and boarders who want to have their own private helicopter
- a Whistler Heli-Skiing photographer can be available by special request.
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The Ski Area
Just beyond the ski lifts of Whistler and Blackcomb, minutes from North America's #1-ranked Ski Resort, awaits the ultimate high-alpine experience. Imagine carving through untracked powder, endless terrain and breath-taking scenery.
With hundreds of ski runs, there is a tremendous variety of slopes to accommodate all levels of skiers and boarders from intermediate to expert. The skiing varies from wide-open glaciers to beautiful gladed tree runs.
The heli-ski area is made up of several zones and is approximately 50 miles north/south by 30 miles east/west (80km by 50km). Your guide will select terrain within a zone according to snowfall, the weather, and your group's ability.
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Our excellent team of guides exemplify the perfect balance between professional qualification and enthusiastic personality.
Our heli-ski guides have achieved their professional status through a variety of routes, including courses with the Canadian Avalanche Association and certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagne, the Austrian Ski Guide Program, the Canadian Ski Guide Association, and HeliCat Canada.
All guides must take avalanche courses; first aid certification; mountaineering, rope handling and rescue courses; and participate in the annual in-house training with Whistler Heli-Skiing. The guides have had many years of in-field experience.
- John Furneaux
- Andrew Wilkins
- Steve Anderson
- Mike Sadan
- Rich Prohaska
- Robert Rainer
- Vlad Lamoureux
- Neil Brown
- Atsu Kimura
- Paige Bell
- Kirk Becker
- Dale Marcoux
- Junichi Matsunaga
- Helene Steiner