When is the best time to heli ski in Canada?
Most Canadian heli skiing operations are found in British Columbia (BC), Canada’s western-most province. People have been heli skiing in BC for more than 50 years.
Although 75% of BC is mountainous, the warm Pacific Ocean helps to keep the weather quite moderate in the southern BC area of Vancouver. In Vancouver it rains a lot and temperatures rarely dip below freezing.
However, in the North Central region of BC, it’s a whole different story. At Northern Escape Heli Skiing in Terrace, just 2 hours easy access by air from Vancouver, instead of rain, it snows…a lot. The best time to heli ski in Canada, especially in Terrace, is between December and April when the average temperature is down around minus 5 to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 F).
Hi Altitudes and Huge Vertical Drops
Northern Escape Heli Skiing spends much of November and December getting ready for our heli skiing season. Read our article on NOAA La Nina Forecast for 2018.
In the Skeena Mountain Range, where Northern Escape Heli Skiing operates, we get a lot of snow. In fact, guests of NE Heli Skiing can enjoy over 250 alpine heli skiing runs on mountains up to 2,450 meters (over 8,000 feet) high. That means vertical drops of 6000 feet or more! We recommend that you be fit and well prepared for these types of impressive runs.
In our opinion, the best time to go heli skiing in Canada, and specifically here in BC is when there’s deep, deep powder, which is typically in January. Although demand for bookings is usually the greatest for February and March, it snows a lot here in January, which makes it an amazing time to heli ski. See our article on Heli Skiing In January.
Deep, deep untracked powder, high alpine bowls, and skiing well-spaced old growth forests; it doesn’t get any better than this. And, should the weather prevent our helicopters from being able to fly, NE Heli Skiing offers cat skiing backup. That means you can ski nearly every day of your package.
February and March tend to see shorter storms but still copious amounts of snow falls. The temperature is a little warmer but the snow is still very deep. You can also enjoy more bluebird skiing in untracked champagne powder. And if does snow too heavy to heli ski, there’s always the cat skiing backup program.
About NE Heli Skiing
- The Classic heli skiing package is our most economical for up to 18 guests.
- The Elite package offers guests a semi-private heli skiing experience for up to 10 guests.
- NE Heli Skiing’s Private package is an exclusive heli skiing trip for up to 5 guests and includes your own helicopter.
Guests stay in secluded mountain lodges that feature gourmet cuisine, exceptional amenities, and single or double occupancy rooms.
The best time to heli ski in Canada is whenever the snow is deep. And it’s deeper up here! Come enjoy deep untracked powder and the super natural snow covered mountain peaks of British Columbia, Canada. We take Bookings for early January through to early April.
For more information or if you still have questions about when is the best time to go heli skiing in Canada at Northern Escape, give us a call toll free at 1-866-619-3184.
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