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The Kootenay Rockies region is a dream for backcountry skiing and snowboarding.
Choose from five spectacular mountain ranges – the Monashees, Rockies, Selkirks, Purcells and Valhallas – and venture through terrain coated in up to 15m/50ft of snow annually.
There are endless options for off-piste skiing along the “Powder Highway.” Hire a backcountry ski guide for a day trip or overnight in the extensive network of backcountry huts and lodges. Some ski resorts offer backcountry ski courses and single-ride lift tickets.
Golden, Revelstoke, Kimberley, Fernie, Rossland and Nelson are some mountain towns near popular backcountry skiing areas.
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Nelson, British Columbia
Based in Nelson, we're on the doorstep to some of the best backcountry skiing & snowboarding on the planet. Our specialty is providing customized backcountry adventures to destinations that include Rogers Pass, Kootenay Pass, Whitewater ski area, Kicking Horse Resort & many of the backcountry lodges in the Selkirk & Monashee mountains. Options range from day tours & introductory backcountry trips to multi-day adventures and heli assisted touring.
Hire a Canadian certified mountain guide to help plan your next mountain adventure.
Selkirk Mountain Experience is one of the world's finest hiking, ski touring & mountaineering companies. Selkirk Mountain Experience offers a wide variety of programs to cater to alpine adventurers around the world. The superb skiing on the pristine glaciers & countless alpine peaks surrounding the Durrand Glacier, in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, are highly popular with skiers & snowboarders. In the summer, over 100 varieties of wildflowers, crystal clear mountain lakes, huge waterfalls & snow-capped peaks attract hikers & climbers. The chalet offers all the amenities for a comfortable stay for up to 18 people. Each day the chalet chef prepares delicious meals.
Experience backcountry skiing at its finest! Valkyr Adventures offers you two backcountry ski touring lodges to choose from with access to 11,000 hectares of terrain in the Valkyr Range. Our staging area is near Burton, 37 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6W. From there you'll fly in by helicopter for a week in ski-touring paradise. Choose the program that best fits your ability & agenda: guided, self-guided, catered or self-catered. Both Valkyr lodges feature quality accommodation including indoor plumbing, WiFi, fully outfitted private bedrooms, cosy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is December-April. For added adventure choose our Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available July-September.
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55 KM West Hwy 1
Golden, British Columbia
Interior BC powder, small groups & unlimited vertical is the best in heli-skiing. As the leader in boutique heli-skiing, Great Canadian Heli-Skiing has it all.
We are conveniently located at the heart of BC's Powder belt, halfway between Golden & Revelstoke. One of the most accessible heli skiing operators in BC. Based at our Heather Mountain Lodge, only 55 km from Golden, BC & only 3.5 hrs drive from Calgary, Alberta.
Our guests enjoy high-mountain cuisine, deep sleeping duvets, an on-site helipad & friendly, unforgettable service.
Join us for a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7-day heli-skiing holiday. Exciting combination packages available that include catskiing at Chatter Creek & resort skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain.
Dream less & live more with us at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.
5655 Hwy 23
Nakusp, British Columbia
For more than a century, people have been drawn to the natural healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs. Located on the shores of the Arrow Lake between Revelstoke & Nakusp, Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa is a wonderful escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.
The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing & beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake & the Monashee Mountain range.
Enjoy the amenities of Halcyon Village & Spa, pools, great food at the restaurant, comfortable accommodation, RV parking & lake shore.
602 A 2nd Ave
Fernie, British Columbia
For over 25 years, Island Lake Catskiing has consistently provided guests with a unique backcountry experience. The magnificent peaks of the Lizard Range in the BC Rocky Mountains tower over 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of privately owned bowls, valleys & gladed meadows. The deep, dry powder of Island Lake Catskiing has become legendary. The superb skiing is complimented with luxurious lodges, exquisite dining & a full-service spa. It's time you experienced the legend.
207 Mackenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of pristine heliski terrain, 13-20 metres (40-60 feet) of annual snowfall, and a state of the art Luxury Lodge are just the beginning of the Mica experience. We operate with a 1:1 staff to guest ratio and maximum capacity of twenty guests at our lodge to provide a fully customized experience. Our passion is delivering an unforgettable backcountry ski holiday to each and every one of our loyal guests.
With 4:1 guest to guide ratios, minimum 5500 metre vertical per day and two amazing heli ski packages to choose from, Mica elevates the bar for boutique heliskiing. Whether you are a long time guest or it is your first visit, we promise to deliver unparalleled adventure and luxury.
Helicopter Access Only
Golden, British Columbia
Located in the Canadian Rockies between Banff & Yoho National Parks, Mistaya is an eco-friendly wilderness adventure destination. The secluded, cosy lodge is surrounded by a panorama of pristine peaks, glaciers & alpine meadows. Come relax in the beauty & peace; it's an artist & photographer's paradise. Or participate in activities such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing & mountaineering at all levels. Certified guides will lead you on informative hikes while the cook prepares a wonderful meal. Helicopter access only.
Families are encouraged to come, learn & explore. Our WildCat Cabin is perfect for your next family getaway. Holds up to 6 guests & with optional catering or guiding.
Come & make memories of a lifetime with us.
4300 Red Mountain Rd
Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort. Located in Rossland, BC, along the famous Powder Highway, RED delivers 1,680 hectares (4,200 acres) of pristine skiing unfettered by overdevelopment. For 2013-14, we've added nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of mostly-intermediate terrain on Grey Mountain, an entirely new peak.
With 300"/7.6 m of annual snowfall, wide-open groomed runs, epic vertical, cat-skiing, 360 degree descents off select peaks, a rich tradition, & the best tree runs in BC, it's no wonder The NY Times voted us their #8 "Best Place in the World to Visit in 2013." RED's other recent accolades include #1 in Powder Magazine's "Ski Town Throwdown" (2012), & "Most Underrated Resort" by Skiing Magazine (2012). Come & enjoy fresh turns that you don't have to fight for.
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2100 Oak Dr
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing is the ultimate winter destination. For over three decades, our exclusive 200,000 hectares (half-a-million acres) of terrain, in the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, has lured skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Our tenure borders both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks and receives an average of 12-18 metres (40-60 feet) of snowfall per year.
Selkirk Tangiers offers a wide range of heli skiing packages. From all-inclusive to heli-only packages, guests can choose trips from 1-7 days in length.