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Most people think you need to fly to Alaska or deep into the BC backcountry to go helicopter skiing, but there are heli-skiing opts located in the lower 48 that offer up deep powder big mountain runs. Here is a look at a few of them.
Ruby Mountain 3 Day Experience
Some have gone as far as to call it “paradise” while others note that it could be the “best kept secret” in North America. Whether you ski or ride, our 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness provides limitless terrain for any age or skill level. From wide-open bowls to heart racing fall lines, we’re certain that you’ll find the experience of your dreams.
Silverton Mountain Guides 3 Day Private
Silverton Mountain is the highest and steepest ski area in North America, with guided access to more than 29,000 acres of Colorado’s finest backcountry terrain. This private group package for up to 8 guests includes exclusive use of an A-Star helicopter. Guests can ski in 2 groups of 4, or opt to ski together as a single group of 8. Simply put, the most dialed heli ski program in North America.
Crested Butte Cat Skiing Heaven
Located just 10 miles west of Crested Butte, Irwin is a meteorological anomaly, meaning it snows A LOT here. Irwin often sees three times the amount of snow as the town of Crested Butte. Most runs begin on Scarp Ridge, where views of the Elk Mountains glimpse 13-14,000 foot peaks. Eleven has an active avalanche forecasting and mitigation program, which uses explosives for controlling activity. This keeps us skiing steep terrain confidently.