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The Complete Heliskiing Guide

The Complete Heliskiing Guide

Travel
By Amy Reinink
posted: 04/16/2001

You've made the decision. This year, it's time to push your boundaries, to break out of your comfort zone. It's time to lose the lift lines and hit the backcountry.

The terrain you're going to rip should make your teeth chatter, your palms sweat and your hair stand on end. Finding your ideal location shouldn't.

Here's our complete guide: all you ever wanted to know about motor-access backcountry skiing destinations but were afraid to ask.

Organized by region, you'll find operations ranging from full-monty, week-long stints that quench the desires of even the most extreme skiers to user-friendly (and wallet-friendly) snowcat day trips.

Regardless of your ability or the depth of your pockets, this guide should send you on your way to a spring vacation of smooth, powdery bliss.

ALASKA

Alaska Backcountry Adventures
Thompson Pass, Valdez, AK

888-792-9222
alaskabackcountry.com
$675 for 6 runs; $375 for 3 runs; $120 for a single run
e-mail: info@swayback.com

Chugach Powder Guides
Girdwood, AK
907-783-4354
www.chugachpowderguides.com
$920 per day for heli; $285 per day for snowcat
e-mail: info@chugachpowderguides.com

Glacier Snow Cat Skiing and Tours
Wasilla, AK
800-770-3118, 907/373-3118
www.akpowder.com
$175 per day
e-mail: akpowder@akpowder.com

Out Of Bounds
Juneau, AK
907-789-7008
6 runs, $425 guided per day.
akskiing@ptialaska.net

Points North Helicopter Skiing
Valdez, AK
818-754-4700

Valdez Heli Skiing Guides
Girdwood, AK
907-835-4528
www.valdezheliskiguides.com
$520 per day
e-mail: ski@valdezheliskiguides.com

Valdez H20 Heli Adventures
Valdez, AK
907-835-8418
www.h2oguides.com
$510 full day, $255 half day
e-mail: dean@h2oguides.com

Valdez Heli-Camps, Inc.
Valdez, AK
907-783-3243
e-mail: www.valdezhelicamps.com

COLORADO

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours
Leadville, CO
719-486-2277
www.skicooper.com
10-11 runs, $225 per day (includes lunch)

El Diablo Alpine Guides (Powder Cats)
Durango, CO
877-241-9643
www.durango.com/eldiablo
$125 per person, $800 for whole cat.
e-mail: Eldiablo@outerbanks.net

Irwin Lodge
Crested Butte, CO
970-349-9800, 888/464-7946
www.goirwin.com
$225 per day
e-mail: irwin@crestedbutte.com

Monarch Ski and Snowboard Area
Monarch, CO
719-539-3573
www.skimonarch.com
15 runs, $165 per day
e-mail: school@amigo.net

Steamboat Powder Cats (Now, Blue Sky West)
Steamboat Springs, CO
800-288-0543, 970-871-4260
www.blueskywest.com
14 runs, $295 per day
e-mail: adventures@blueskywest.com

Telluride Helitrax
Telluride, CO
800-831-6230
www.tellurideoutside.com
5 runs, $650 per day
e-mail: powder@helitrax.com

IDAHO

Brundage Mountain Adventures
McCall, ID
208-634-4153
www.brundage.com
$200 per day
e-mail: info@brundage.com

Peak Adventures Snowcat Skiing and Boarding
Cataldo, ID
208-682-3200
www.peaksnowcats.com

$325 per day (6-12 runs)

e-mail: info@peaksnowcats.com

Sun Valley Heli-Ski Guides
Sun Valley, ID
800-872-3108
www.svheli-ski.net
5-6 runs, $550-$600
e-mail: svheli@sunvalley.net

MONTANA

Montana Backcountry Adventures
Big Sky, Montana
406-995-4037
www.skimba.com
6-8 runs, $225 per day
e-mail: coolrunnings@imt.net

NEVADA

Ruby Mountain Helicopter Skiing
Lamoille, NV
775-753-6867
www.helicopterskkiing.com
7 runs, call for pricing details per day
e-mail: rubyski@sierra.net

OREGON

Mount Bailey Snowcat Skiing
Diamond Lake, OR
800-446-4555
www.mountbailey.com
5-7 runs, $200 per day
e-mail: skigus@mountbailey.com

UTAH

Park City Powder Cats and Heli-Ski, Inc.
Park City, Utah 84068
435-649-6596, 800/635-4719

Snow Canyon Snow Cat Skiing
Park City, Utah 84068
801/649-1674, 801/731-3411

Wasatch Powderbird Guides
Snowbird, Utah
801-742-2800
www.heliskiwasatch.com
7 plus runs, $420- $700 per day
e-mail: info@heliskiwasatch.com

WASHINGTON

Arctic Odysseys
Seattle, WA
800-574-3021, 206/325-1977
www.arcticoddysseys.com
5 runs per day
e-mail: arctic4u@aol.com

North Cascade Heli-Skiing
Mazama, WA
800-494-4354
www.heli-ski.com
7 runs, $575 per day
e-mail: info@heli-ski.com

WYOMING

High Mountain Heli-Skiing
Teton Village, WY
307-733-3529
www.heliskijackson.com
6 runs, $550 per day
e-mail: heli-ski@wyoming.com

CANADA

Assinboine Heli Tours Inc.
Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta
403/678-5459, 800/824-9721

Canadian Mountain Holidays
BC
800-661-0252
www.cmhski.com

Duncan Lake Lodge
800-843-5557
www.whitegrizzly.com
$210 per day, $307 including meals and lodging
snowcats@direct.ca

Great Canadian Heliskiing
BC
250-344-2326, 866-424-4354
www.greatcanadianheliski.com

The Great Canadian Adventure Company
Edmonton AB
780-414-1676, 888-285-1676

Great Northern Snow-Cat Skiing, Ltd.
Calgary, AB
403-287-2267
www.greatnorthernsnowcat.com
7 runs per day
e-mail: info@greatnorthernsnowcat.com

Island Lake Lodge Cat Skiing
Fernie, BC
250-423-4055
www.islandlakelodge.com
8-12 runs per day

Klondike Heli-Ski
Atlin, BC
818-754-4700

Last Frontier Heliskiing, Ltd.
Vernon, BC
250-655-5566
www.lastfrontierheli.com
8-10 runs per day
e-mail: info@lastfrontierheli.com

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
Blue River, BC
800-661-9170, 250-673-8381
www.wiegele.com
8-10 runs per day
e-mail: mail@wiegele.com

Mountain Heli Skiing
Whistler, BC
403-678-5459

Purcell Helicopter Skiing
250-344-5410
www.purcellhelicopterskiing.com
3 runs, C495 plus tax

Retallack Alpine Adventures Ltd.
New Denver, BC
800-330-1433, 250-358-2777
www.retallack.com
6-8 runs, $400 per day

R.K. Heliski
Panorama, BC
800-661-6060
www.rkhelieski.com
3 runs, C$599; 5 runs, C$699

Robson Helimagic, Inc.
Valemount, BC
250-566-4700
www.robsonhelimagic.com
6-8 runs, $439 per day
e-mail: brigitta@robsonhelimagic.com

Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing, Ltd.
Revelstoke, BC
800-663-7080
selkirk-tangiers.com
6-8 runs, $355 per day
e-mail: selkirk@rockies.net

Selkirk Wilderness Snowcat Skiing, Ltd.
Meadow Creek, BC
800-799-3499, 250-366-4424
www.selkirkwilderness.com
9 runs per day
e-mail: druryws@direct.ca

Topnotch Tours
Whistler, BC
888-676-6824, 604-938-1941

TLH Heliskiing, Ltd.
Vernon, BC
800-667-4854
www.tlhheliskiing.com
8-10 runs per day
e-mail: info@tlhheliskiing.com

Whistler Heli-Skiing
Whistler, BC
888-435-4754
www.whistlerheliskiing.com
3 runs, C$495-$515; 6 runs, C$735-$755

White Grizzly Snowcats
Meadow Creek, BC
800-843-5557, 250-366-4306
www.whitegrizzly.com
5-6 runs per day, C$260-$425
snowcats@direct.ca

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