Come experience refreshing, deep powder with us in the sweet spot of America’s Northern Rockies, where geography and snowy weather patterns combine to make a skier’s and rider’s paradise.
We operate heli skiing tours in the Selkirk Range which is world-famous for its reliable, deep snowpack. Powder days are plentiful and yours to savor as you join the elite few who understand the quality and value of heli skiing in this pristine and beautiful wilderness area that’s so easy to get to–on the U.S. side of the border.
Heli skiing with us consists of a full day out in the pow, so you’re getting great value out of your tour. We also take off directly from Sandpoint Airport, which is so convenient to reach from Spokane or Coeur d’ Alene. Once you’ve completed your morning safety briefing, we’re headed up and out as you fill your day with plentiful powder runs and vertical. Lunch is served during your tour, and as we wrap up late in the afternoon you’ll be anxious to sign up for your next heli powder day with us—it’s that good!
You can purchase individual seats, or even charter the helicopter for your friends and family. For private charters it can be just a few of you or up to ten.
Terrain: Unspoiled Idaho State Forest land, consisting of everything from alpine cirque bowls and powder fields, chutes and glades to covered tree runs
Snowpack: Reliable and consistent. We draw moisture from the north and south, so we’re usually in the path of storm systems all season long. That equates to over 300″ during an average season, with a stable snowpack averaging about 120+ inches in depth holding from Feb thru April (measured at 6350′, deeper at the higher elevations)
Safety: Selkirk Powder is a licensed Level II Alpine Ski Outfitter, and also operates a professional division of National Ski Patrol. Our ski and snowboard guides are well seasoned and specially trained
Helicopters: We fly Bell 407’s, Eurocopter A-Stars, or Bell 205’s because they’re powerful and have great speed as well as lift capacity
FBO Location: Sandpoint, Idaho, just over an hour’s drive from Spokane International Airport
Fun Fact: Selkirk Powder Guides is the only guide service in the United States that offers all three: Heli Skiing, Cat Skiing and Snowmobiling tours. And everything launches right from a convenient base co-located out of Schweitzer Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho. We’ve been leading backcountry tours in the region for 15 years, and enjoy introducing our guests to the snowy adventures they’ve always been dreaming of.
What A Typical Day Of Heli Skiing With Us Is Like:
0800: Meet at Sandpoint Airport for guide introductions and safety and weather briefings
0845-0900: Prepare your gear and get ready for flight
0915-0945: Final safety briefing and familiarization with aircraft
1000: Take off into the Selkirks for amazing powder skiing!
@3:00-3:30: Return to Sandpoint Airport. A number of fine restaurants are just minutes away and a perfect place to celebrate your day. Or head up to Schweitzer and continue the fun for days on end with more cat skiing
Note: Times may shift due to weather and flying conditions. We may depart for skiing at any time through 1200 noon as weather permits