Our heliskiing FAQ puts all the useful information in one place. If you have additional questions beyond our heliskiing FAQ please contact us directly.
How long are the run lengths?
We have over 100 established runs which range in length from 1200-3500 Vertical Feet.
Will I have WiFi and Cell access
Yes! Both Sparkling Hill Resort and Gold Panner Resort offer free wireless and full mobile phone reception.
Do I have to jump out of the helicopter?
No you do not jump out of the helicopter. It is only in movies that you will see this happen. The pilot will land us on top of our run where we will disembark in a safe manner and wait for the pilot to fly away before we put our ski/snowboard gear on.
What do I wear?
Wear the same clothing that you would on the ski resort. It is recommended to always bring an extra pair of goggles just in case.
How do I prepare?
You should start getting ready in the physical sense as soon as you know you are going to be Heliskiing. Heliskiing requires a strong core and good stamina if you wish to have fun. Because you are skiing unfamiliar terrain it is always wise to be in good shape coming in and to have also put a few days in at the local hill honing your ski or snowboard technique. If you need some pointers feel free to ask our guides, as they will be more than willing to assist. Most of them are also CSIA internationally certified Ski Instructors
We also recommend that you hit the slopes of Silver Star Mountain Resort or Big White before riding with us. Silver Star and Big White both offer something for everyone: perfectly groomed free flowing runs through challenging hair-raising chutes and steeps. Both Silver Star and Big White have great snow sports teaching programs. Get a lesson from one of the many amazing ski and snowboard instructors to hone your skills.
Being prepared is just one way of guaranteeing that your trip of a lifetime ends up being as fun as it should be.
What should my ability level be?
You don’t have to be an expert to experience the fun of Heliskiing. As long as you are in good physical condition and can make long radius turns down long and sometimes steeper blue runs, you can heliski. Our guides find terrain that is suited to the ability of the slowest skier in the group. Our number one concern is your safety, so pushing you past your skiing/snowboarding limitations is not our mandate.
I am an expert skier/snowboarder. Can I ski/snowboard with an expert group?
At Kingfisher Heliskiing we do our best to group skier/snowboarders of the same ability together. With our day ski program we can split up to 12 people into 3 groups of similar abilities making the day a fun one for both the intermediate and expert skiers/snowboarders.
In a perfect world our Guests “stack” a helicopter with friends that they have skied or snowboarded with for years who ride at the same pace. This puts less pressure on individuals and satisfies expectations.
What does the typical day look like?
0700 Breakfast then meet Kingfisher Heliskiing guides for waiver signing. Ski set up if not done night before
0800-0930 Safety briefing (Safety Talk, Avalanche Training, Avalanche Beacon Training, Helicopter Briefing)
0930-1000 Depart for skiing/snowboarding day
1000-1200 Morning skiing/snowboarding
1200 Gourmet lunch in the mountains
1300-1500 Afternoon skiing/snowboarding
1530 Après ski snacks and photos from skiing day
Please contact us with any other questions you may have. The only silly question is the one not asked. We are very happy to hear from you.