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Skills Prep for Helicopter and Cat-Skiing

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Heli-Cat Prep Ski Safari


The world’s largest array of helicopter and snowcat skiing is located in BC—and the best place to get ready for one of these dream experiences is in BC itself.

SilverStar makes a good first stop. It’s easy to reach from Kelowna International—and the snow quality and mix of terrain helps skiers and boarders get centered on their feet. At Revelstoke, the challenges increase, the snow gets deeper, and the snow school offers targeted Cat/Heli Prep lessons geared to conditions and experiences in BC’s backcountry. It’s a natural fit, since Revelstoke is also the epicenter of BC’s heli-ski industry. Next up: That helicopter or snowcat experience you’ve been dreaming of for years.

How to put it together:

  • Airport: Kelowna International (YLW)
  • First Stop: SilverStar
  • Second Stop: Revelstoke
  • Third Stop: Helicopter or Snowcat Skiing!
  • Depart: Kelowna International (YLW)


Think of SilverStar as a big mountain with a small-town feel. A colourful mid-mountain village offers true ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes. Canada’s first all-inclusive lift ticket provides access to numerous activities—including 55 kilometres (34 miles) of stellar Nordic trails—for one price.

With four distinct mountain faces and 132 runs, SilverStar’s progressive terrain is ideal for learning. For the more adventurous, the back side of the mountain offers an uncrowded paradise of over 1,328 hectares (3,282 acres) of steep and deep, black and double-black runs.

Photo: Blake Jorgenson


While the town of Revelstoke boasts more than a century of ski history, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) is practically brand new. Canada’s newest ski resort claims the longest lift-served vertical in North America at 1,712 metres (5,620 feet). With 75 named runs—43 per cent classified as intermediate and another 45 per cent designated as advanced—strong skiers will find themselves at home on 1,263 hectares (3,121 acres) of terrain.

Photo: Ryan Creary


Boasting more acres than California, Washington State, and Oregon combined—with most of it mountainous—BC is better than your average ski destination. But we don’t like to brag. Come and ski for yourself, and discover our adventurous spirit and big-mountain talents.

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