The beautiful town of Golden, British Columbia is nestled in between the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Columbia Mountain ranges. With its close proximity to six of the most stunning national parks that Canada has to offer, the famous white water of the Kicking Horse River and vast open terrain for snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, Golden is a playground for the outdoor adventurer.
One of the favourite winter pastimes of this mountainous region is to take to the skies and then to the snow with heli-skiing. A number of tour operators run out of Golden Airport to take visitors out to explore the terrain, it is just a matter of picking the one that is right for you.
For the past 40 years, Purcell Heli-Skiing has been taking snowboarders and skiers up and out to the summits and the powdered slopes of Purcell Mountains just to the south of Golden, B.C. Whether visitors are a first time heli-skier or a long time veteran, the company offers flexible packages with a relaxed, down-to-earth style of professionalism from their family-owned company. They offer single-day adventures taking off from Golden Airport or multi-day packages spent in lodges in the mountains. With a service that spans a vast terrain and a number of slope options are available, they make sure every customer has the best time of their life.
Chatter Creek Cat and Heli-Skiing
Chatter Creek is one of the largest snowcat skiing destinations in Western Canada; they are also the one and only operator to combine both snowcat skiing with heli-skiing. Their facility is nestled deeply in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia several kilometers outside of Golden. Their ski terrain spans 238 square kilometers of mountainous terrain with peaks that rise up to 3,000 meters provided access by snow cats and from their own personal helipad. Chatter Creek's western Rocky Mountain location is privileged to enjoy some of the lightest, driest powder snow in the world with quality snow fall from early December all the way into late April, making this the perfect destination for the serious skier. With seemingly endless ski opportunities and luxurious lodges for their guests, visitors to Chatter Creek can easily get lost within this ski lodge for more than a few months.
Great Canadian Heli-Skiing
Great Canadian Heli-Skiing caters exclusively to small groups, taking them out on heli-skiing holidays spanning anywhere from 2 to 7 days. They take visitors to the heart of the British Columbia's heli-skiing belt just east of Glacier National Park's Rodger's Pass. The area is famous for its backcountry skiing, but difficult to access aside from helicopter. Through this tour operator, groups will be privileged to copious amounts of dry interior champagne powder that make for the perfect ski conditions. With the professional guides and mountain-trained pilots at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, visitors are taken up in one of the two onsite Astar B2 helicopters kept that can hold up to 24 people and exclusively serve what is considered the best guided heli-skiing groups in the industry.
Eagle Pass Heli-Skiing
Eagle Pass Heli-Skiing operates in the heart of the best helicopter skiing country in Canada with 1,375 square kilometers at their disposal. The terrain offers the full spectrum for skiers, from alpine bowls and spines to tree-lined chutes and pillows. The tour operators guarantee the highest vertical feet of riding per day in the industry on their flexible and customizable tours in single or multi-day packages. Like other heli-skiing companies, Eagle Pass only operates with small groups of no more than four. This is to give the best possible quality and experience to customers on their rides as there are no waiting on the slower people that often accompany bigger heli-ski groups.