Heliskiing Safety

Heli-skiing and heli boarding has always been about endless untracked powder, open bowls, amazing tree glades, long descents and breath taking vistas from incredible viewpoint and cannot be accomplished without  highly trained Guides, Pilots and all the amazing people behind the scenes.

HeliCat Canada is the trade association of the helicopter / snowcat skiing industry and is dedicated to developing and holding members accountable to the highest operating standards in the industry

BC Heliskiing



Guides and safety teams continuously monitor the weather and snow conditions.  They meet each morning and evening to discuss snow stability and terrain.  This information is pooled and shared across BC with other professionals.  In spite of the operators’ best efforts, there are inherent risks and hazards associated with helicopter skiing that are beyond the control of the operator. It is important to follow the directions of your guide at all times.


Guides are chosen not only for their guiding skills and qualifications, but also for their enthusiastic and outgoing personalities. They are professional guides who have passed a series of comprehensive examinations to qualify them as members of the A.C.M.G. or the U.I.A.G.M., the recognized Canadian or International Mountain Guide Associations. Guides participate in yearly refresher courses.


Guests enjoy the comfort and reliability of the helicopter chosen by the operator. Pilots are chosen to meet the same high standards as the guides and have an abundant level of experience flying in the mountains.  On-site team of engineers provides helicopter maintenance.


Continuous radio contact between the pilots, guides and the lodge ensures reliable communication in the event of an emergency. The guides carry radio & emergency equipment in their packs, additional equipment is carried in the helicopters.


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