Purcell Heli-Skiing


With over 40 years providing backcountry adventures, CMH Purcell is a must for advanced skiers and boarders staying in Alberta who want to add some extra excitement to their ski holiday.
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Powder

Based out of Golden - a town in the valley close to Kicking Horse - the heli-ski area is a few minutes flight away and covers over 2000 square kilometres in the Purcell Mountains. Founded by one of the grandfathers of heli-skiing itself, Rudi Gertsch, and recently joining the CMH family, CMH Purcell's guides know the terrain better than anyone else. CMH Purcell is also the closest operator to Banff, making it easy for day trips from Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine and Revelstoke.

Skiing/boarding takes place on alpine glaciers and open slopes, as well as in the trees and gladed areas of the subalpine forest. There are around 200 runs offering every conceivable type of mountain terrain and exposure.

CMH Purcell groups by ability in the field, with groups up to nine guests covered by three guides. That means you're more likely to be with similar ability skiers and boarders, getting more out of the day.

"CMH Purcell's aim is to offer you a thrilling but comfortable mountain adventure at a relaxed pace and to share their mountain playground with you."

Sample Itinerary

A typical day with Purcell Heli-Skiing.

Born For This: Rudi and Jeff Gertsch of CMH Purcell

Duration: 3:19 minutes



Golden, British Columbia


Approx. 3,000m / 10,000 ft per day


December to April


5 run single or multi-days and private groups


Over 2,000km2

Over 250 named runs offering every conceivable type of terrain and exposure. Wide-open glaciers, high alpine bowls, gladed subalpine forest, open cutblocks, and trees – that’s some of the variety that you can experience, sometimes all in the same run! 


Extra runs $100 CAD plus tax per run payable locally

Powder skis and snowboards (limited) are available if you do not have your own

Our Prices

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

To give you the most choice and best value, we create every holiday from scratch. This means that the quotation you receive is unique, based on your preferred departure dates, group size and holiday preferences.

We save you time and get the most for your money.

We sift through the prices and promotions for every airline, hotel and resort, exploring all options. We don’t publish all our prices online. Instead, we give personal quotations within 24 hours of receiving your request.