Purcell Heli Skiing

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Purcell Heli Skiing

Purcell Heli Skiing4.9/52
Purcell Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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Purcell Heli Skiing

Overall Rating

Purcell Heli Skiing4.9/52
Purcell Heli Skiing4.9 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Purcell Heli Skiing

Please note due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Purcell Heli Skiing have decided not to operate during the 2020/21 ski season. However they are taking forward bookings for the 2021/22 season.

With Purcell Heli Skiing at Kicking Horse Ski Resort you can sup on all the Ca-pow that you want! You can feast on a banquet of fresh tracks until you get your fill of powder. Of course it’s sometimes impossible to quell the appetite of a true powder hound. One taste of the deliciousness of heli skiing and riding down that alluring fluffy powder in a pristine backcountry environment, and you may just want to go again and again!!

Purcell Heli Skiing can certainly deliver when it comes to fresh tracks in great snow. The heli skiing tenure is massive and the powder is abundant with approximately 590 inches (15 metres) of snowfall per season. And when it comes to snow quality, Purcell Heli Skiing also comes through with the goods. The Purcell Mountains are part of the Interior of British Columbia, which is renowned for amazing snow quality; light and dry.

This Golden heli skiing is paradise for powder hounds that like to hunt down fresh powder, although you won’t have to actually hunt for it. The powder will be on tap!

Unleash the hounds! You can choose from single day packages, a 2 day heli-ski immersion, or a 3 day heli-ski ultimate package. The Purcell Heliskiing occurs in small groups of 6 guests, with 2 guides, and only ONE group per day in the large Bell 205 helicopter.

The founder and owner, Rudi Gertsch, was one of the grand-daddies of heli skiing and Purcell has been operating since 1974. Rudi was one of the forefathers of HeliCat Canada, which has been instrumental in establishing the safety standards of Canadian heli skiing to make them the best in the world. Purcell Heli Skiing continues to place a major focus on the safety considerations of heli skiing, and having such a small guest to guide ratio is a bonus.

At the end of what may be one of the best days of your life (or best few days), you can kick back at the bar for après ski festivities – an awesome venue for telling embellished stories of a great day out! This Golden heli skiing is golden!

Where is Purcell Heliskiing Canada Located?

Purcell Heli Skiing is located in British Columbia, the home of heli skiing, and on the highly renowned Powder Highway. Purcell Heli Skiing has the mega convenience of having the heli staging area at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, with the meeting point at Winston Lodge at 8am. See the Kicking Horse travel page for information on the location of Kicking Horse and options to get there.

Purcell HS is also easily accessible as a day trip from Banff or Lake Louise being only 94km from Lake Louise and 150km west of Banff.


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Purcell Heliskiing Terrain

The size of the heli skiing tenure is about average for a Canada heliskiing outfit – which is enormous!! With more than 2,000 square kilometres of terrain, there are fresh tracks galore and lots of terrain variety. The type of terrain tackled will be dependent on the weather, avalanche stability and group ability, but the guides can pick from wide-open glaciers, large alpine bowls, the sub-alpine where the trees are very widely spaced, cut-blocks, and tree skiing.

The difficulty of the slopes is akin to blue (intermediate) and black (advanced) runs at a ski resort, with more challenging terrain available subject to avalanche conditions and guest ability.

The vertical drop of the runs is about 750 metres on average. A day of heli skiing includes 4,000 metres of vertical, whilst a 2 day heli ski immersion package includes 9,000 metres of vertical, and a 3 day heli ski ultimate package includes 15,000 metres of vertical.

Purcell Heli Skiing is with small groups of six guests, with two guides, and only ONE group per day using the one helicopter - a Bell 205, so there's plenty of space.

COVID-19 Booking Policy for Purcell Heli Skiing for Winter 2021

UPDATED AS OF JULY 7, 2020

The Payment Schedule

Seats are guaranteed with a deposit of C$500/person/day.

Balance of payment is due four weeks prior to your trip start date.

The Cancellation Policy

Booking deposits are fully refundable up to four weeks before your trip, no questions asked.

Within four weeks, having paid the final balance, if you have to cancel your trip to comply with COVID-19 related border, travel or quarantine restrictions, 100% of your payment will be available as a credit for a future tour or refunded.

Otherwise, once the final balance is paid, if no restrictions prevent your travel to participate in your tour, and you choose to cancel your trip, our regular cancellation policy will apply, which means the entire payment would be non-refundable.

As always, please get the best travel insurance you can buy to cover you if you have to cancel for other reasons!

The Peace of Mind

We all know that the global situation could change a great deal before the heli lifts off with the first group. Hopefully, it will change for the better. That means that what we’re dealing with, and how best to deal with it, is hard to fully predict right now. The straight up truth is that our policy may have to be updated or fine tuned in the future to adapt to where we’re at.

Before any guest locks in a final payment, the latest situation, terms and expectations will be laid out clearly based on what we all know then. You will have full freedom to cancel or credit your deposit for a future date.

What won’t change is if you can’t get here because of COVID, we got you.

1 Day Heli Ski with Purcell

Ellesse
17/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

1 Day Heli Ski with Purcell

Ellesse
17/02/2020
Heli skiing is something that I have wanted to do for my whole life, so when researching companies to go with it was super important to me that I would be in safe hands and guided by experts in the field. The Team at Purcell went above and beyond in every area and far exceeded my expectations making my day so incredible!! I was blown away by the level of expertise, care and attention to every detail and absolutely can not wait to ski with them in the future. I feel like part of the Purcell family - the whole team is just so friendly and welcoming which is exactly what you want.

Purcell Heli

Ed
10/08/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    2

Purcell Heli

Ed
10/08/2017
Just a top notch operation staffed with the nicest most knowledgeable guides and staff out there. The mountains they fly are amazing and the lines are endless. It's all there and I've never felt safer than in Rudy and Jeff's capable hands.
Ps I've been 7 times and looking forward to getting back this coming season again.
Purcell Heliskiing Packages
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HELI SKIING FROM KICKING HORSE
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Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,481
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