BRITISH COLUMBIA

British Columbia offers up some of the most consistent deep powder on the planet! There are so many choices in BC when it comes to heli ski operations, so let me make it easy for you to choose: I partner with Kingfisher Heli. Located at the gateway to the Monashees, Kootenays and Selkirks, Kingfisher provides guests with a range of options, all of which are amazing.

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LODGING and PACKAGES: At Kingfisher, you have choices for lodging and packages.

  • Stay at the brand new Kingfisher Heli Village at Gold Panner Resort. 3 self-contained units that sleep 4 to 12 guests. There is also a building dedicated to stretching and massage. The bar and dining cafe complete the Kingfisher Heli Village. Kingfisher Heli Village is conveniently located 75 minutes from Kelowna, where there is an international airport. The helicopter picks you up and drops you off right outside of your door! 30 seconds to your helicopter, and 4 minutes to your first run!
  • Stay at Sparkling Hill Resort, an award winning Health & Wellness resort and spa. The helicopter lands right at the resort and in only a few short minutes you’re experiencing the best skiing of your life. Return to the resort afterwards to relax, recover, and rejuvenate in the 40,000 sq ft KurSpa. Sparkling Hill Resort has highly trained and educated wellness staff, including Naturopathic, Homeopathic, Acupuncture/Chinese Herbal, and Botanical practitioners and medicines. The team of professional healers at The Clinic at KurSpa are leaders in their fields of Naturopathy, Kinesiology, and Psychiatry and have worked together with Sparkling Hill to create an integrative medicine clinic that promotes whole body wellness and health. So now you not only will ski the best, but you’ll feel your best after your stay.

Packages: You can choose from semi-private and private packages. Contact me to discuss the details.

Length of Trips: Packages in BC depend on what you are looking for. I generally book 4 to 7 ski days; contact me to discuss this.

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TRAVEL: Travel to Kingfisher is easiest if you fly to the international airport in Kelowna, BC (YLW). There are direct flights to this airport from a number of Canadian hubs, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria — as well as flights from Seattle, WA.  Ground transfers to your lodge are included for all packages. There are heli transfer options if weather permits, for additional cost.

SEASON: The season for heli packages at Kingfisher is generally January to April.

BOOKING: These BC packages are amazing and the heli experience there is truly unique. When you combine that with a focus on small, intimate group sizes, the result is a pretty competitive booking process. Many prime dates book out a solid year in advance. Call me to talk about your ideal dates and what is available on the calendar for this coming season and the one following. Booking well ahead is the way to go here!

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TERRAIN AND SNOW QUALITY: BC is known for big mountains and deep powder, and Kingfisher has the goods. There are 300,000 acres of terrain in the tenure to choose from, and we tailor our choice of terrain based on individual group ability levels and snowpack conditions. There are terrain options for virtually all ability levels – from wide open lower angle slopes to steep faces and couloirs. The amount of terrain to choose from seems limitless – there are beautiful lines very close to the lodges, and dizzying layers of opportunity as we move deeper into the ranges. Individual runs tend to be in the 2,000 – 3,500 vertical feet range. The number of runs and total vertical groups ski in a given day and/or trip varies depending on a number of factors. We focus on delivering the best experience we can given current conditions. January through March tend to provide great powder skiing; as the weather warms into April, conditions can transition to corn snow.

HELI / GUIDE STAFF: I work with a truly awesome team of guides and pilots in BC. The pilots are very experienced in the mountains who take the prime directive of “safety first” very seriously. We only fly in A-Star B2s or B3s, which are the very best helicopters for small group heli skiing. When in BC, I work with a small team of other guides and snow safety professionals; together we focus on safety and delivering the best possible experiences for our guests!

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SAFETY:  Safety is always my primary concern, regardless of location, and I’m very careful when it comes to choosing who I work with! In BC, our team has top notch pilots, the best helicopters, and a very experienced guide staff. Together, we make safety the priority all day every day. When injuries do occur, guides have basic medical equipment in their backpacks, with more advanced medical equipment on the helicopter. In the unlikely case of serious injury in the field, we stop everything and focus on getting the injured party to an appropriate medical facility.

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