You see them all over the skiing forumsâ€¦threads from people asking about all the different heli-ski operations in Alaska, as well as throughout Canada and the lower forty-eight. Dude, whatâ€™s the heli terrain like in Valdez vs. Haines? How are the guides at Bro-Show-Heli vs. Rad-Dude-Rotors? Will my helmeted head fit inside the heli with my GoPro attached, or will I have to remove it to get inside? How much does it cost and how much vertical will I get on March 15th? Will I get a refund if the weather craps out and we donâ€™t fly all week?
I donâ€™t do much heli-skiing, but I probably would if I could afford it and lived in a place that had a lot of heli-skiing opportunities. Most destination heli-skiing adventures involve packages that run 3-7 days and costs can add up to be a pretty big chunk of change, like a $6-8,000 sized chunk, so itâ€™s important that you do your research and make sure you are in the right place at the right time, with the right group of folks to fulfill your heli-skiing dreams.
You can search the ski forums and ask as many questions as you like about the who, what, where and when of heli-skiing operations, but compiling all the information you seek can be a challenge and takes time that youâ€™d rather be spending waxing your skis or at least talking about skiing at the local watering hole. Lucky for all you heli-rats out there, someone at FindTheBest has already done all the hard work for you by putting together a Heli-Skiing Reference Guide that you can peruse to your hearts content as you space out in front of the computer at night.
If you are thinking about booking a heli-skiing trip this winter, itâ€™s worth at least a few minutes of your time to check out this reference guide as it has quite a bit of information about all the top players in the heli-skiing world. Things like packaged trip lengths, gear provided, cost relative to other companies, runs per day, guaranteed vertical, recommended skill level, refund policies, company history, etcâ€¦are all easily found in a well laid out format. You can search through the 84 heli-skiing company listings and sort through them based on cost, difficulty, trip length and location/mountain range, which makes seeing what your options are really easy, as well as maybe making you rethink your length of stay and the destination that fits you best.
Iâ€™m sure most of the information is relatively accurate, but I saw at least one error with my untrained earn-your-turns eye (North Cascades Heli-Ski in Wyoming?), so you may just want to double check some of the info listed before you drop-in on some credit card maxing heli trip. Itâ€™s a good resource all-in-all though if you need to crunch the numbers and are unsure about certain aspects of heli-skiing operations.