Heli skiing in Canada – A Land Without Limits
Come to the birthplace of guided heli-skiing tours, where Hans Gmoser, a mountain guide originating from Austria, is commonly credited to have started the industry of heli skiing in British Columbia back in 1965. Since then, dozens of premier heliski operations have opened up throughout BC’s vast mountain ranges, and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region is no exception with 3 operations covering over 1.5 million hectares of skiable terrain.
Imagine exploring varied, unparalleled terrain in a vast region, an area larger than the entire Swiss Alp mountain range. Hop off your dedicated, professionally-piloted ride after it soars up and over the mountains, with rotor blades whirling and amping up the adrenaline factor.
Lay down fresh tracks with limitless runs and vertical, where the only limit is your imagination (and stamina). Take in champagne powder skiing or boarding, with an average annual snowfall providing 5-25 metres (16-82 feet) of untouched white gold to offer up a once-in-a-lifetime experience (but of course you are more than welcome to return!). All you have to do is choose where you’d like to go first.
Silvertip Lodge & Heli-Skiing, located at the east end of the 100-km long Quesnel Lake in the northeast Cariboo region, offers bespoke wilderness adventures with easy access through Williams Lake Airport (YWL). Thrill-seekers can set the pace as they tackle wide-open alpine vistas with deep untouched powder, or exceptional tree skiing, with terrific terrain just moments from the lodge and a helicopter at your disposal to find fresh tracks all day long, wherever they may be.
Meanwhile, in the South Chilcotin just north of Whistler, Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing provides high-country adventure, small-groups, and unlimited vertical for the ultimate heli-skiing experience. Skiers and snowboarders can try their hand at over 375 runs in vast terrain encompassing the Coastal Mountains and Fraser Plateau in the South Chilcotin Mountains and head back to the cozy log lodge and chalets to share stories, take in a spa treatment, or enjoy a world-class meal boasting locally grown and foraged ingredients.
Finally, skiers will find pure powder heaven in the Great Bear Rainforest at Bella Coola Heli Sports, visitors can take on their choice of over 3.25 million acres of terrain, offering both dense Western powder to lighter Eastern champagne. Their small-group, climate-positive approach is just a few of the reasons why they’ve been voted the #1 Heli-Ski Operator in the world for the past five years by the World Ski Awards.
At the end of the day, return to your luxury ski lodge where you’re treated like family. Take your Canadian heli skiing experience up a notch with a premium chalet complete with masseuse, chef and dedicated heliski pilot, or enjoy creature comforts in a cozy cabin, it’s your choice. Soar higher, ski deeper, and live the dream of an epic heli-skiing adventure in the nearly untouched mountains of British Columbia. Start planning your trip to enjoy heliskiing in Canada today.