While this is not a sport for novice skiers, it may not be as hard as you think. If you ski black runs without hesitation and venture off the groomed slopes, you may be ready to try. Even if you have never skied powder, you can begin your trip by signing up for a 3-day Pre-Heli-Skiing camp to learn how to handle powder.

The company operates a series of comfortable mountain lodges in British Columbia and offers three to seven-day trips. The vacation includes lodging, meals, transportation, a guide, and use of the company's equipment.

Lodging

All lodges feature a fitness center, outdoor sundeck, whirlpool, climbing wall, sauna and massage services. The company was founded in 1957 by Hans Gmoser, who in 1965 began using a helicopter to transport guests. Today, this is the largest Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking company in the world.

When to Go

The winter season begins in December and lasts through April. Different areas in which the company operates offer a wide variety to terrain, including open snowfields, glaciers and trees. If you plan your trip in the spring, you can expect longer and warmer days.

Getting There

The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport with connections from major cities in North America. The outfitter provides transportation from the airport.

Pricing & Reservations

Prices vary by length of trip and by location. A 4-day packages to Kootenay costs CND 3,771 (about US $2,370). For more information and for reservations call 800-661-0252.

Summer Heli Hiking

Explore places in British Columbia where few people have been before. On heli-hiking vacations hikers are transported in a helicopter to glaciers, turquoise mountain lakes, alpine wildflower fields, and other unique spots in the mountains. After an exciting day outdoors, guests are accommodated in one of the elegant mountain lodges operated by the company. All lodges feature a fitness center, outdoor sundeck, whirlpool, climbing wall, sauna and massage services. The company offers a wide range of trips to choose from, including family vacations, heli-hiking vacations, photography workshop, private guides, and custom vacations. The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport with connections from major cities in North America. The company usually provides transportation from the airport.

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Location: Box 1660 , Banff, Alberta , Canada , website, 800-661-0252, 403-762-7100