Heli-Skiing & Safety

Our number one priority is your safety. Without exception, we and our partners follow the strictest safety guidelines and operational procedures in order to minimise the risk that you are exposed to.

Heli-skiing is generally very safe. However, there will always be a degree of inherent risk (much as there is when you drive a car) that is impossible to eliminate entirely.

Testing snow layers
Weather & snowpack information is gathered & recorded regularly with a view to minimising exposure to avalanche risk.

Fundamental to your safety are guides, pilots and helicopters and in these departments no compromises are made. Only the best are used. Guides are all experienced professionals certified by the IFMGA (the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) or associated members of the IFMGA like the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides). This means they have undergone years of specialist training and been examined to the highest standards. It usually takes a minimum of five years to become a mountain guide and many years of prior experience to meet the minimum entry requirements.

Guides and pilots meet twice daily to discuss safety-related information

All of the operations that we work with in Canada are members of Helicat Canada - an association that has been dedicated to ensuring that its members adhere to the highest safety standards within the heli-skiing and cat skiing industries. Since 1978 Helicat Canada has been the benchmark for operational standards within the heli-ski industry.

Handheld radios
Each group has a minimum of two radios - one with the guide & one with a guest or second guide who skis at the back.

Taking the above into account there is always an element of inherent risk when you participate in heli-skiing – much as there is when you ski down a busy icy piste. We and our partners strive to minimise this risk. However it can never be totally eliminated and as a participant in one of our heli-skiing adventures you acknowledge and agree to accept this risk.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding safety no matter how small they may seem, please do not hesitate to contact us.