With over 40 years providing backcountry adventures, Purcell Heli-Skiing is a must for advanced skiers and boarders staying in Alberta who want to add some extra excitement to their ski holiday.
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. Owned and operated by one of the grandfathers of heli-skiing itself, Rudi Gertsch, Purcell's guides know the terrain better than anyone else. 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.
Purcell Heli-Skiing 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.