Heli Assisted Touring: Ski & Snowboard

Combining the ease and convenience of heli-skiing with the serenity and challenge of ski touring, our new heli-assisted ski touring program covers all the bases. A unique and remote backcountry experience in the beautiful Coast Mountains might just be exactly what you’ve been waiting for!

Enjoy a full day of mind-blowing backcountry skiing, snowboarding, or telemarking  in the zones you’ve always dreamed of getting to, or maybe the ones you didn’t even know existed. Our ACMG Guides will help you conquer those runs on your bucket list and help you get to them in style!

Please note this course requires touring skis or splitboard, skins & avalanche safety gear. If you require Backcountry rentals please let us know. Bagged lunches are available for $13 and contain a sandwich, piece of fruit, cookie and a drink.

The total trip price is the cost of the heli transport plus the Extremely Canadian ACMG guide. The group can be up to four people plus the guide and pilot.

For complete equipment list see below.

» Equipment List

Blackcomb Helicopters* will take you, your group and a guide to those backcountry zones you’ve always dreamed of getting to. Enjoy a full day of guided backcountry skiing or splitboarding – the possibilities are endless! Then get picked up by Blackcomb Heli at the end of your epic day!

Blackcomb Helicopters is a 100% carbon neutral company.  This means they have measured the greenhouse gases emitted during each hour of flight from all of their helicopters operating in all varieties of work we do (utility, tourism, wildfire, film, rescue etc). We have mitigated these emissions from our flights by purchasing the equivalent amount of carbon offsets, where the money will go to fund green projects including our forest preservation project on Quadra Island.

Ability Level:

Advanced Intermediate to Expert Skiers and Snowboarders with any level of Backcountry Experience

Exertion Level:

Low- High (Depending on objectives)

Dates:

  • Any Day
  • All Season

Booking Details:

  • Based on a group of up to 4 people
The Fine Print

BOOK IN ADVANCE

Guides are in high demand and low supply. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

PAYMENT & CONFIRMATION

All rates are quoted in Canadian currency and are subject to taxes. Full payment is due upon booking. Confirmation is made by email.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations must be made to Extremely Canadian by mail, email or phone and are not considered cancelled until acknowledged by return mail, email or phone call by Extremely Canadian.

Adventures may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to the day for no fee. You must contact us no later than 8 AM on the day before. Inside of 24 hours, no refund will be given (medical reasons may be an exception). A change of dates is considered a cancellation and a re-booking, therefore cancellation policies apply.

All tours and adventures are subject to weather, availability of aircraft, and civil emergencies.

REFUNDS

No refunds will be issued on whole or partially unused portions of packages. No refunds will be issued on day of lesson (medical reasons with a doctor’s note may be an exception).

RESCHEDULING DUE TO LOW NUMBERS

Group adventures must meet a minimum group size of 3 persons. In rare instances, we may ask a guest to switch from a clinic or camp that has too few participants. If this happens we will attempt to notify you 24 hours prior to the date. However, we reserve the right to cancel any clinics or camps, for any reason, at any time prior to start. In such a case, refund of any payments received shall constitute full settlement.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Adventure travel involves risk and unpredictable weather conditions. Extremely Canadian does not purport to any guarantee of conditions. We retain the right to cancel at any time due to inclement weather or factors outside of our control. In this case the client will be entitled to a full refund.

WAIVER

*For the purposes of Heli Assisted Touring, all services are provided by employee/contractors of Whistler Blackcomb (“WB”) pursuant to a Tenure Sub-licence between Blackcomb Helicopters and WB.

You will be required to sign and return a waiver and release of liability and a medical form before your first day of skiing. Below is a copy of the waiver for your review.

» Sample Waiver

MEETING TIME & PLACE

Meeting time is 8 AM on the deck of the Carleton Lodge in the main village between the gondolas unless otherwise noted in your confirmation.

END OF DAY

Guides will determine the end of day. Many factors will be considered when doing so.

LATE ARRIVAL OR DEPARTURES

Extremely Canadian cannot accept responsibility for travellers inconvenienced by late, diverted, delayed, cancelled, or rescheduled travel arrangements. This also applies to missed connections or transfers.

BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS

Guests are expected to behave in an orderly fashion and not to disrupt the enjoyment of other guests or in anyway harm the reputation of Extremely Canadian or its suppliers. Extremely Canadian reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any guest whose health or actions impede the operation of a clinic or camp or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow guests.

UNDERAGE PARTICIPANTS

Group programs are for guests aged 16 and older. All clients 18 & under must sign the safety voucher and wear a helmet.

GROUP DYNAMICS

We worry less about exact ratios but we endeavour to have a tight match of ability and inclination to provide tons of vertical and mileage while moving quickly and safely through terrain appropriate for the group. Ratios can be between 1:5 but are usually closer to 3:1. If we don’t have a group for you we will work to find another program that matches your ability or provide a full refund.

INSURANCE

We do not request proof of insurance coverage, but please ensure that you have appropriate coverage to ensure that you are adequately covered for any eventuality. We highly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance to avoid penalties related to a change in plans.

If you require any clarifications on these important details, please contact us at ski@extremelycanadian.com or call 604-938-9656.

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