The heli skiing with us in the southern Selkirk Mountains is just tremendous! Take a look into our 2021 videos and reviews and you'll see why; big powder fields, cool drops & props and tons of slopes with perfectly spaced trees. The heli skiing experience is a bit more "hands on and tailored" than with the snowcats. We operate with only one A-Star helicopter, servicing no more the 8 riders per day. Unlike most ops, we absorb the ferrying time to and from airport and lunch, thus the group is only metered for time in the skiing zone. For lunch we're fortunate that Cavanaugh Bay Resort is conveniently tucked below our helicopter skiing zones and it's there we receive excellent table service while our helicopter is splashed with fuel. The system's pretty slick: before leaving Sandpoint Airport we will place the lunch order so when we land it's served quickly, piping hot. With all that being said, it's been our experience that most groups complete 4 runs before, and 3-4 runs after lunch for an average of 7-8 runs for the day.
Consider the Iconic Selkirk Powder Ski Vacation: Multiple days of guided helicopter and snowcat skiing interspersed amongst days ripping around Schweitzer’s vast piste on your Ikon Pass.
- 2 unlimited run sessions,seperated by a warm lunch chosen from Cavanaugh Bay Resort specially prepared winter menu
- 1 hour "ski zone flying" time, metered on “airborne time” while skiing in the heli zones only
- extra time for additional runs available at $1,000 per 20 minute block "All in"
- licensed and experienced guides and pilots *
- training in aircraft safety, snow safety and companion rescue, and related equipment
- BCA Tracker S avalanche transceiver
- shovel, probe, backpack
- two-way radio (speaks with guides and pilot)
- pocket snacks and water
Terrain & snow
Our southern section of the Selkirks is fantastic and consists of everything a heli skier looks for 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 from 800 ft up to 2,200 ft.
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. The snowpack, a cross between maritime and continental, bonds up pretty consistently till season’s end.
|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 ($1,600) becomes credit toward any future tour.
- If both helicopter and snowcat must be garaged for the day, the helicopter value ($1,600) becomes credit toward any future tour, and the value of the cat seat ($390) becomes a credit or refund (your choice).