Stellar Heliskiing

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Stellar Heliskiing

Stellar Heliskiing5.0/56
Stellar Heliskiing5.0 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada
Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada

Stellar Heliskiing

Overall Rating

Stellar Heliskiing5.0/56
Stellar Heliskiing5.0 out of 5 based on 6 reviews

Stellar Heliskiing BC Canada

Go heli skiing with Stellar, enjoy lots of face shots, and inhale all the powder you want. The only problem is that after you come down the mountain you’ll also have to come down from your high. Heli skiing with Stellar is way too exciting!

Stellar Heli Skiing is located in the interior of BC where the snow falls in abundance and the quality of the powder is ….. stellar! This is a place where the skiing and boarding can score 10 out of 10 on the sick-ometer. Considering its location in the heart of the Powder Highway region about an hour north of Nelson, Stellar Heliskiing is ideal to combine with resort skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort (or Red Mountain) or there are various cat ski outfits nearby (see Stellar location for more information).

Stellar Heli Ski Packages

With Stellar Heliskiing you have the flexibility to do just one day of heli skiing or multiple days. With single day heli skiing you can choose from 6-7 runs or unlimited vertical, whilst the multi-day packages include unlimited vertical, lodging at the Kaslo Hotel (see lodging for more information) and all meals.

More Reasons to Ski or Board with Stellar Heli Skiing Canada

Heli-Cat Canada sets very high standards for safety, and as a member of this association, safety is the highest priority for Stellar Heli Skiing. Their procedures are impeccable for helicopter safety, guest briefings, and avalanche management, and the guides are well qualified and highly experienced.

With 4 guests per guide and only three groups per A-star helicopter, the small group format guarantees personalised service and an abundance of fresh tracks. The exhilaration of all that virgin powder may just be mind blowing.

Dream to take yourself to the ultimate ski or snowboard experience. It will be stellar!

Stellar Heli Skiing Location

Stellar Heli Skiing is located in British Columbia Canada, the home of exceptional heli skiing. The terrain of Stellar Heliskiing is situated in both the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains in the Kootenays, the powder mecca of British Columbia. The base is in the lovely little town of Kaslo on the western shoreline of Kootenay Lake, and the meeting point is the Kaslo Hotel at 430 Front Street. Kaslo is about 70km northeast of the town of Nelson (and 22km north of Ainsworth Hot Spring).

Nearby Cat Skiing

Valhalla Powdercats is 22km west of Nelson. Valhalla offers day cat skiing so with a bit of pre-planning, it’s easy enough to combine a day or two of snowcat skiing with Stellar Heliskiing.

Stellar is 39km south of the tiny settlement of Meadow Creek, which is home to Selkirk Snowcat Skiing and White Grizzly Cat Skiing (but good luck trying to get into either of those cat ski operations). Retallack Cat Skiing is across the road from some of the Stellar terrain in New Denver, but that’s all very difficult to get a seat.

Gateway Airports

Stellar Heliskiing is about 4hour north of Spokane International Airport in Washington State. If you fly into Spokane, you can warm up at any of the Selkirk Powder Triangle locations.

Kaslo is 4:40 hours east of Kelowna International Airport. You could do a few warm-up days of cat skiing at either Keefer Lake Lodge or Monashee Powdercats on the way.

Kaslo is 110km northeast of Castlegar Airport (un-affectionately called Cancelgar) but this airport is often plagued by flight cancellations.

You can look at options for car rentals here or make an enquiry regarding other transport options or driving directions.

Snow

The region is world renowned for the dry powder snow, and the mountains at the north end of Kootenay Lake have consistently cold temperatures. The terrain reaches up to 10,000 feet in elevation, further contributing to the high quality snow. The snow gods are also generous when it comes to snow volume, with upwards of 18 metres (60ft) of snow each year.

Terrain

Stellar Heliskiing has a huge number of runs to choose from in the Selkirks and Purcells, with access to 320 square kilometres (32,000 hectares or approximately 80,000 acres) of tenure. All this space and you only have to share it with a small number of skiers/snowboarders (maximum 12-24 guests at a time).

Stellar also has it in spades when it comes to terrain diversity, with glaciers, big mountain slopes, and old growth forests. Runs are 1,500 to 4,000 foot descents, and intermediate (in off-piste conditions) up to expert skiers and boarders are catered for.

Guides, Helicopters & Safety

SHS Guides & Helicopters

Your safety is the first priority at Stellar Heliskiing. All of their expert CSGA/ACMG certified guides and pilots are well trained to manage the risks of backcountry skiing and travel to ensure the highest level of safety for your visit. There are no greater than four guests to each guide.

The helicopter service provider has an outstanding reputation for safety and client enjoyment. High Terrain’s pilots are highly capable and specially trained in the local mountain environment. The helicopters used are A-Star Eurocopters which carry four guests and one guide at a time.

Orientation/Safety
Stellar Heliskiing follows a comprehensive snow and avalanche management system which includes procedures for collecting weather and snow information, evaluating snowpack stability, assessing hazards in the terrain, and determining an appropriate skiing program tailored to on-the-ground conditions and the needs of its clients.

Small Groups
Stellar focuses on full service and unforgettable experiences for small groups in incredible terrain. For the ultimate in enjoyment and safety, Stellar offers a group ratio of one guide to a maximum of four guests. The A-Star helicopter is fast and powerful, allowing us the speed and agility to get into more elaborate terrain and provide your guide the ability to choose from many different run styles to suit the specific needs and desires of each group.

Stellar Heliskiing Booking Terms & Conditions

Booking Policies
Due to the nature of this vacation, commitments must be made well in advance of your package beginning with us. We require a non refundable deposit of 25% of your multi day package, or $600.00 per single day package, which must be received by Stellar Heliskiing within 10 days of confirmation of your reservation. All payments are payable to Stellar Heliskiing in Canadian Dollars.

Payment of the balance is due November 1. Reservations may be cancelled without notice to the guest if full payment has not been received by Stellar Heliskiing on the due date. For bookings made less than 15 weeks prior to the package beginning, the full package price is due at time of booking. Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, cash, bank wire or cheque.

Cancellations
If you have to cancel your reservation, we require written notification by registered mail. All deposits for cancellations made less than 15 weeks prior to the package commencement date are NON-REFUNDABLE and will be retained by Stellar Heliskiing.

For cancellations made less than 15 weeks prior to the package commencement date, the total package price is due in full and is NON-REFUNDABLE. If the cancelled reservation can be re-sold to another guest that assumes the contractual obligations, and only if the cancelled space is still available, a change of reservation fee of $250 will apply.

Refunds given for “down days” due to poor weather or mechanical breakdown will be limited, a $150.00 administration fee will apply. There is no refund if you choose not to participate in any activity or to return to the staging area early.

Stellar Heliskiing reserves the right to cancel any package at any time. FULL REFUNDS will be given if this is the situation.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is strongly advised. We recommend you carry medical insurance to cover hospital and helicopter ambulance evacuation expenses. Medical evacuation costs are the responsibility of the guest. We also recommend personal insurance to cover loss of baggage, skis, etc due to airlines or unforeseen accidents. Your homeowners insurance may not be enough. Make sure your insurance covers you while you are in Canada. No refunds are given due to illness or injury. Travel insurance can be purchased here>>

Liability Waiver

In spite of all safety precautions, accidents can happen. This is part of the intrinsic risk of backcountry skiing. Before we can invite you to explore our terrain with us, you must sign our liability waiver acknowledging that you understand and accept the risks involved with heli skiing. Please enquire for a copy of the waiver.

Powderhounds Review of Stellar Heli Skiing

We were staying in Nelson (to go to Whitewater and Valhalla Cat Skiing) and as we departed, it was raining. Considering the yucky weather, we thought our chances of a fly day with Stellar Heliskiing were pretty slim, but as we drove an hour to Kaslo and into the fridge towards the northern end of the lake, the temperatures dropped a little. It still looked rather hit and miss as we drove NE near Retallack to the staging area, but somehow or another, Jason and his crew managed to pull it off and get us out for the day. 20cm of fresh snow made it pretty sweet too!

All day the guides and heli pilot were maneuvering around the clouds and wind, making the miracle of a fly day possible. We mostly skied the highly renowned trees of the region, which varied significantly from nice spacing in amongst old growth trees to tighter trees with lovely corridors, and Jason has done a little glading at the exits to some of the runs, so the flow was really nice.

The weather factors contributed to us only doing pretty short runs because the heli couldn’t get too high. Due to weather plus group make-up we only did 3,350m (11,000ft) vertical for the day, which is within the realm of expected limited vert package (3,000 to 5,500 vertical metres). Thankfully quantity wasn’t a big priority because the quality was superb. We only saw one tiny fraction of the Stellar terrain and we were impressed! We had a phenomenal day and the stoke levels were still really high during après-ski drinks at the Kaslo Hotel!

Pros

  • Stellar Heliskiing offers single day and various length multi-day heli trips, so it provides plenty of flexibility to choose what suits.
  • The location is ideal to have some warm-up skiing at Whitewater ski resort and/or a nearby cat ski operation (if you book the cat skiing a long way in advance).
  • It’s a small operation, so the experience is delightfully boutique.
  • Small group heli skiing is the ultimate and increases safety considerations along with terrain choice and freshies. The small heli is agile to get to the best spots.
  • Stellar is owner operated and the highly experienced Jason and his team ensure there is attention to detail with respect to safety and other operational considerations.
  • Down days are minimal so they can usually get you out skiing despite what Mother Nature throws at them.
  • Like many other BC heli skiing outfits, there is a huge variety of terrain on offer and the snow quality and quantity are superb. There is a good reason that a few snowcat skiing operations have set up shop in the region, and naturally with the heli skiing, the upper elevations of the terrain are much higher.
  • Stellar Heliskiing is somewhat of a newcomer to the BC heli skiing industry, and it’s relatively unknown because it’s not based near a big trendy ski town, so you have a decent chance of getting a spot without booking 5 years in advance.

Con

  • Kaslo isn’t situated close to any major (reliable) airports so it takes a while to get there, although the same can be said for many BC heli ski outfits.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective

  • Stellar Heli Skiing is not based at a remote backcountry lodge if that’s what you’re looking for, although staying in Kaslo would be pretty nice. The town location also makes day heli skiing possible, and arrival/departure logistics much easier.

You can check out our heli ski ratings to see how Stellar Heliskiing fares against other operations.

Further Information & Bookings

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Stellar Indeed

POWDERHOUNDS.COM18/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Stellar Indeed

POWDERHOUNDS.COM18/03/2019
Lovely snow (despite it raining in Nelson on the same day)
Chasing the weather
A sexy beast
The coach hard at work
Some open zones amongst the trees
Even though it was raining in Nelson, it had snowed a very nice 20cm overnight in the heli tenure. The weather was very borderline and it was quite miraculous that Stellar could get us out heli skiing. We mostly hung in the trees and as expected due to the weather, we did reasonably short runs. In one day of heli skiing, we only skied one tiny little fraction of the Stellar terrain and along with what we saw from the helicopter, we were impressed!

We had a phenomenal day and the stoke levels were still really high during après-ski drinks at the Kaslo Hotel! Thanks Coach and Jason for an outstanding day!

Pros
• Stellar Heliskiing offers single day and various length multi-day heli trips, so it provides plenty of flexibility to choose what suits.
• The location is ideal to have some warm-up skiing at Whitewater ski resort and/or a nearby cat ski operation (if you book a long way in advance).
• It’s a small operation, so the experience is delightfully boutique.
• Small group heli skiing is the ultimate and increases safety considerations along with terrain choice and freshies. The small heli is agile to get to the best spots.
• Stellar is owner operated and the highly experienced Jason and his team ensure there is attention to detail with respect to safety and other operational considerations.
• Down days are minimal so they can usually get you out skiing despite what Mother Nature throws at them.
• Like many other BC heli skiing outfits, there is a huge variety of terrain on offer and the snow quality and quantity are superb. There is a good reason that a few snowcat skiing operations have set up shop in the region, and naturally with the heli skiing, the upper elevations of the terrain are much higher.
• Stellar Heliskiing is somewhat of a newcomer to the BC heli skiing industry, and it’s relatively unknown because it’s not based near a big trendy ski town, so you have a decent chance of getting a spot without booking 5 years in advance.

Cons
• Kaslo isn’t situated close to any major (reliable) airports so it takes a while to get there, although the same can be said for many BC heli ski outfits.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
- Stellar Heli Skiing is not based at a remote backcountry lodge if that’s what you’re looking for, although staying in Kaslo would be pretty nice. The town location also makes day heli skiing possible, and arrival/departure logistics much easier.

You can see our video here. https://vimeo.com/320398306

My day at Stellar Heli

Greg Robertson22/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Country
    Canada
  • Month Visited:
    January

My day at Stellar Heli

Greg Robertson22/01/2019
My experience was epic at Stellar. The guides knew the terrain and were very accommodating. We were fortunate to have a guide by the name of Coach. He was so accommodating and made sure the day was incredible. The skies, gear and helicopter we top quality and the powder was outstanding. I would highly recommend a day at Stellar with Jason and his team. My entire experience from booking, training, skiing and gift shopping was amazing.

Over the Top!

Bob Legasa23/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Over the Top!

Bob Legasa23/03/2015
First time at Stellar Heliskiing. I was blown away at the diverse terrain, from big wide open moderately sloped bowls to plenty of steeps and challenging features. Jason's crew is top notch and they know every nook and cranny of their tenure setting you up for the best run of your life, EVERYTIME!

Incredible experience from food and lodging at the restored Kaslo Hotel to Over the Top skiing experience. You can bet I'll be making another trip to Stellar Heliskiing in the near future.

Here's a video from our trip this spring.
https://vimeo.com/122278526

Best Weekend Ever!!!

Michelle16/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Best Weekend Ever!!!

Michelle16/11/2011
Couldn't have asked for a better wedding gift!!!! Jay made this experience enjoyable regardless of ski level. Officially hooked!

We'll see you next year Jay!

Stellar Was Awesome!

Shannon16/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Stellar Was Awesome!

Shannon16/11/2011
Heliskiing with Jason at Stellar was such a great experience overall! The terrain is awe-inspiring with something for everyone - from wide open powder turns to beautiful tree skiing and features for the adrenaline junkies! Jason gets a feel for the level of the group and chooses the appropriate terrain.

The food was amazing! Nothing better than a delicious meal to power up for a few more runs.

The pilot topped it off with giving us a fun adrenaline ride, being his humorous, friendly self, and being prompt for pick-ups when we were ready for our next run. I am saving for my next trip with Stellar for sure!

Stellar Heliskiing is a Hidden Gem!

Martin K16/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Stellar Heliskiing is a Hidden Gem!

Martin K16/11/2011
I have been a few times. Can you imagine the legendary deep Kootenay powder and a mix of Alaska-like lines, big old growth trees and alpine larch and big open glacier runs. Loved it and will certainly be back for more! The terrain is extremely diverse and highly entertaining.
Stellar Heli Ski Packages
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USD 1,184

DAY HELI SKIING PACKAGE
6 - 7 runs | 3,650 to 5,500m vertical

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,184
A truly classic day of heli skiing in either the Selkirk or Purcell Mountain ranges depending on conditions. Averaging between 6 and 7 runs, guests can expect to ski between 3,650 to 5,500 metres of vertical (or upgrade to an unlimited package so you can ski/ride as much as your legs can handle!!!). More
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MULTI-DAY HELI SKIING
Flexible Trip Length | Unlimited Vertical

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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Choose from 2 to 5 or more days of unlimited vertical heli skiing, and stay at the deluxe Kaslo Hotel with all meals included. Or customise your perfect powder trip with Stellar Heliskiing. More
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