Heli-Assisted Ski Touring

Selkirks, Monashees & Caribous / BC / Canada

Ski Touring Trips with Helicopter Support! Based in remote Heli-Ski Lodges or Hotel in Revelstoke, BC

Heli-Assisted Ski Touring Highlights

    • Ski touring in awesome terrain
    • Remote, luxury heliski lodges
    • Helicopter Access every day
    • No “slogging” through the flats
    • Very reliable snow conditions

 

Are you a heli-skier but often you wish you could ski tour in this awesome terrain without the noisy helicopter around you all day? Or maybe you love ski touring but hate the slog the first hour every morning along the same flat valley to get to the goods? And maybe you wouldn’t mind swapping the bunk bed of a hut with a single room and a rooftop jacuzzi in a remote heliski lodge? If this sounds like the best of two worlds, this trip is for you!

Our day starts off with a helicopter lift to a high landing, followed by a run. The rest of the day, we are on our own and muscle-driven until the helicopter takes us back to the lodge from the valley bottom in the late afternoon. Advantage: More vertical and optimal terrain sampling!

We offer this trip in cooperation with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) who operates a network of 12 heliski areas in Western Canada including 8 remote ski lodges. In times of limited availability (high season), we can also offer Hotel-based packages in either Revelstoke, BC. or Golden, BC.

Detail and Logistics

Meeting Point

Organized transport from Calgary International Airport, but other meeting points can be accommodated.

Climate/Weather

The Selkirk Range in BC’s Columbia Ranges are primarily influenced by a moist, maritime climate (very much in contrast to Canadian Rockies) with moderate winter temps. During a typical ski touring week, you should be prepared for heavy snowfall and temps from -1C (30F) to -15C (5F). But of course, it can get as cold as -30C (-22F) in a cold mid-winter week and as warm as 10C (50F) during a warm, spring skiing week in May.

For spring skiing weeks, powder snow (dry, cold snow) usually preserves well on the many northerly aspects even if it hasn’t snowed in days. At the same time, the southerly aspects will start to corn up (melt-freeze cycle) with sunny weather, which yields nice spring skiing, if the descents are well timed with the day time heating. Unfortunately, as with any backcountry skiing, we can’t exclude (but do our best to avoid) the “in-between stages” of powder and corn: Crud a.k.a breakable crusts!

Services Included in the Total Price

Guiding by 2 ACMG and/or IFMGA certified mountain, or assitant ski guides, transport from Calgary (or Bonff, Golden or Revelstoke) to the helicopter staging area, helicopter transfer in and out of the lodge, two or more helicopter lifts each day to access ski touring terrain, lodging in double rooms, non-alcoholic beverages, delicious 4 to 5 course dinners, a huge breakfast buffet, afternnon snacks, pick nick lunches, use of avalanche safety equipment, use of glacier safety equipment.

Not Included in the Total Price Are

Additional helicopter lifts for heli-skiing (can possibly arranged for an additional fee on a day-to-day basis, alcoholic beverages, travel / evacuation insurance

Strenuous backcountry ski tour in alpine, at times in glaciated or treed terrain on alpine touring (randonne) or sturdy telemark equipment.

You must be able to ski safely and controlled at all times while wearing a day pack (5kg – 7kg = 11lb – 15lb) backpack.

You need to be in good physical and mental condition, ready to be on your feet for about 7-8 hrs. on some of the days. If in doubt whether you have the required skills, give us a call!

FAQ

Equipment

You need either sturdy Telemark Equipment or (more common in Canada) alpine touring equipment – either is available for rental at our base in Canmore. Please call ahead, so we can advise you and set you up with the right equipment for you. As with all our trips, we will provide you with a detailed equipment list with your booking confirmation.

Gear List

1. Technical Equipment

All items marked with ‘*’ can be rented from a rental shop locally. Best to reserve any equipment well ahead of your arrival.
All items marked with ‘**’ can be rented from OnTop. Best to bring your own equipment, if you have it.

 Telemark or Alpine Touring skis*: (Only bring your telemark skis if you are at least an advanced/intermediate telemark skier with backcountry experience.)
 Telemark or alpine touring boots*
 Collapsible ski poles*, **
 Climbing skins (stick-on) that fit your telemark or alpine touring skis*
 Avalanche transceiver (457 Megahertz)*, **
 Lightweight snow shovel*, **
 Avalanche probe*, **
 Backpack or duffle bag to pack your stuff for heli-transport
 Day-touring backpack (30 – 45 liters)**
 Climbing harness for glacier travel**
 One locking carabiner**
 Crevasse rescue equipment, if you are familiar with it (optional). (Prusik slings, webbing, pulleys, auto-locking device). Your guide(s) will bring a full set.
 Ski crampons* (obligatory for any spring trips. Usually rented with a ski touring set – renting ski crampons for your own skis is problematic as rental shops only carry those that are compatible with the binding models they carry)
 Repair kit for your skis (can be shared between 2 people)

2. Clothing

Temperatures in the Western Canadian mountain ranges vary hugely. Early season (December – February) temps can drop as low as –30C, whereas in spring (mid-March – May) it can warm up to above freezing temps and overnight lows are not usually below –10C. The list is meant as a guide line, but we realize that our guests have their clothing priorities and substituting certain items with other equivalent pieces of clothing might be a valid alternative. If you do so, you should discuss it with your guide in the pre-trip briefing.

 Wind and waterproof (Gore Tex or similar) shell jacket with hood
 Wind and waterproof (Gore Tex or similar) over pants
 Ski touring pants (preferably Schoeller fabric or similar)
 Fleece or wool pullover or jacket
 Medium weight fleece shirt
 Polypro, fleece or wool underwear, top and bottoms
 2 Pairs of gloves (lightweight and heavier weight)
 Scarf or neck gaiter
 Socks: thick (wool) outer and thinner liners
 Wool or fleece hat, covering the ears
 Gaiters (unless pants lock tightly to your boots)
 Sun hat, preferably with wide rim
 Bandana (optional)

3. Lodge

 Clothing for the hut – keep to a minimum
 Sleeping bag (three-season bag sufficient – some lodges supply bedding)
 Large and small towel for sauna
 Spare underwear, socks
 Toiletries
 Swim trunks (optional) for sauna
 Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional)
 Very light hut slippers / down booties
 Ear plugs (optional)
 Games / books etc (optional)

4. Other items

 Sun Glasses (with very good UV protection, extra pair is a good idea)
 Goggles
 Sun screen and lip protection
 Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter or camelbak (if too cold, bladder tube might freeze up!)
 Head lamp with spare battery and bulb
 Blister kit (optional)
 Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.)
 Personal items (Prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses etc.)
 Pocket knife or leatherman tool
 Passport
 (Health) insurance documents
 Zip-lock bag for wallet and documents to keep them dry (recommended)
 Camera, spare batteries (optional)
 Compass, maps and GPS (optional)
 Ski wax / skin wax (optional)

GROUP SIZES
Client / Guides

Up to 10 clients with 2 guides *Adamant Lodge only up to 5 clients with 1 guide

TRIP INFO LINKS
DIFFICULTY
Heli Assisted Ski Touring
  • Up to 8 hrs/day on skis, mostly uphill
  • Advanced skiing
  • Only daypacks
  • Glaciated terrain
  • Tree skiing
  • Ski touring novices welcome!
2018 DATES

Caribou Lodge
Feb 4 – 11 (7 days)
Sold Out

Bugaboos Lodge
April 14 – 21 (7 days)
April 21 – 28 (7 days)

Gothics Lodge
Apr 1 – 6 (5 days)

Adamants Lodge
Please inquire for available dates

Monashees Lodge
Custom group trips only – please inquire for available dates

Please inquire for other trip dates / shorter durations / custom packages.
More departures can be scheduled as the season draws closer

PRICES

Bugaboos / Gothics / Monashees / Caribous / Galena

Groups of 10:

7 Days: CD$ 5425

5 Days: CD$ 3995

Adamant Lodge Small Group Program:

7 Days: CD$ 6375

5 Days: CD$ 4770

Inclusions
Guiding, all helicopter flights, lodging double rooms and all meals in remote, luxury heli-ski lodge, transport from Kelowna or Calgary on most weeks