Welcome to heli-skiing in Northern Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains. We are excited to have you bring your small group to experience refreshing helicopter-skiing in the sweet spot of America’s Northern Rockies. Stepping back in after skipping last season, we’ll be flying again with South Coast Helicopters’ Director of Operations and industry veteran Vince Lopardo and their chief pilot Kimber Warder. We’ll be flying in a 4-passenger A-Star helicopter. Our season will be from late January to March 31st. Daily group size is not to exceed 8 to make it one your best days ever! We look forward to seeing our returning groups again, and all the new faces however covered-up, smiling while ripping sweet pow lines.
From Ken, your pilots, and guides: Welcome aboard. Enjoy your flight, and happy turns!
- up to 8 seats, 2 groups of four max, unlimited runs in 1 hour flying time
- each group is metered on “airborne time” while skiing in the heli zones only
- extra time for additional runs available at $1,000 per 20 minute block
- licensed and experienced guides and pilots *
- training in aircraft safety, snow safety and companion rescue, and related equipment
- BCA avalanche transceiver
- shovel, probe, backpack and two-way radio
- snacks and water in addition to lunch provided
Unspoiled Idaho State Forest land forms our heli terrain which consists of everything from cornice-topped alpine cirque bowls and huge powder fields (developed by the historic Sundance Wildfire of 1967) to narrow rock-lined chutes and—of course—the famous Selkirk snowghost-covered runs from treeline. Runs range in length up to 2,200 ft.
The snowpack remains 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 produces over 300 in during an average season with a stable snowpack depth averaging about 120 in that holds from January through March.
|Meet at your chosen heliport for guide introductions and safety and weather briefings.|
|–||Prepare your gear and get ready for flight.|
|–||Aircraft familiarization and take-off.|
When you return to either heliport, there are a number of great restaurants just minutes away to celebrate your day with après drinks and fine cuisine.
Let’s be real. We’re not high-elevation desert here: we’re temperate rain forest, so flying conditions are not as consistent as they are for our southern compatriots. So to nearly guarantee that you’ll be riding pow, we’ve added a special feature: Optionally book a discounted (15 %) cat skiing seat along with your heli reservation. Possible scenarios with this back-up are:
- If the helicopter can fly, then the value of the snowcat seat ($390) becomes credit toward any future tour.
- If the helicopter cannot fly and you go cat skiing instead, the value of the helicopter seat ($1,500) becomes credit toward any future tour.
- If both helicopter and snowcat must be garaged for the day, the helicopter value ($1,500) becomes credit toward any future tour, and the value of the cat seat ($390) becomes a credit or refund (your choice). Plus, you get a free day-ticket to Schweitzer.