Canada

Within Canada there are many options with most major resorts having a Heli-operator. Few offer day trips but shop around and you may be able to strike a deal for a day riding.

Kicking Horse/ Golden

Purcell Helicopter Skiing Ltd run day trips with 3 or 5 descents for $610 and $730 with the chance of additional descents at $65pp with a minimum group of 8. They claim to have close to 200 runs offering every conceivable type of mountain terrain and exposure, and will transfer you by bus from Lake Louise and Banff for $40. www.purcellhelicopterskiing.com 

Great Canadian Heli Skiing offers 3 day and week long packages out of the village of Golden. Trips are based out of Heather Mountain Lodge on the boundary of the Glacier National Park and near Rogers Pass, where peaks resemble the Matterhorn. Most of the boarding take place in the nearby Purcell Mountains with small groups being lead by a local guide with a guaranteed 15,250 vertical meters in a 3 day package or 30,500 m in the 7 days. www.canadianheli-skiing.com

Chilcotin Mountains

Bring it on. Only 65km north of Whistler, is the Chilcotin mountain range. This is a huge area where you can pick and choose your slopes. There are around 300 different runs, which have around an 800 meter of vertical descent, and there are also some great tree runs. This area gets a massive snowfall of 14 to 18 meters a season, so it should be steep and deep which is just what you’re looking for. All this, as always, comes at a cost. Two days with lodge accommodation is $2400. Now that is a lot of cash. Elemental Adventure offers a week trip at £2658, without international flights. Klondike Heliski offer trips to 23 different areas with over 300 descents to choose from, which encompass an area of 6,000 square km. Based out of Atlin, B.C. almost $7000 can will get you 32,000 true vertical meters of boarding over a week with fully catering, www.atlinheliski.com

Skeena Mountains

In the far North West of Canada just south of Alaska are the Skeena Mountains. This is a vast area of 9,000sq/km and that’s big. An area that size has runs for all and endless fresh tracks. Based out of the town of Terrace, Northern Escape run heli trips in this area for 3, 4 or 7 days. A week costs $6590.  If you’re in the UK you can book trips with Elemental Adventure.
 

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