Purcell Heli-Skiing

Purcell Heli-Skiing's aim is to offer you a thrilling but comfortable mountain adventure at a relaxed pace and to share their mountain playground with you.
Rupert Hatfield
Product Manager - Canada
Purcell Heli-Skiing's aim is to offer you a thrilling but comfortable mountain adventure at a relaxed pace and to share their mountain playground with you.
Rupert Hatfield
Product Manager - Canada

Summary

Summary

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.

Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

A typical day with Purcell Heli-Skiing.

8:15am: Meet time for all guests
8.15am to 10:00am: Safety orientation, transceiver practice and rental ski setup
10:00am: Lift-off of first group to heli-ski area.
10:00am to 12.30pm: Ski!
12:30pm: Lunch, eaten in the great outdoors
12:30pm to 3:30pm: More skiing!
3:30pm to 4:30pm: Complete package and extra runs, if desired, and return by helicopter to base
4:30pm to 5:30pm: Relax by the fire, enjoy an après-ski snack, share photos, stories, and a few laughs

Details

Details

Location: Golden, British Columbia
Terrain: 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! 
Vertical: Approx. 3,000m / 10,000 ft per day
Dates: December to April
Packages: 5 run single or multi-days and private groups
Extras: Extra runs $100 CAD plus tax per run payable locally
Powder skis and snowboards (limited) are available if you do not have your own

Price Guide

Packages start from £815 per person, including five heli-ski runs, helicopter flights, custom guide service, safety equipment, powder ski and pole or snowboard rental, powder-ski instruction, packed lunch, après-ski platter, heli-ski/board keepsake.

For more information, along with advice on accommodation, flights and transfers, call Rupert on 01273 224060 or email [email protected].

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.