Alberta, Canada heli-skiing, heli-boarding and cat skiing is the preferred choice of downhill snowboarding and skiing for those who wish to ski untouched powder snow in an isolated environment. There are no lifts, no skiers, no tracks and often the only sound to be heard is the sound of the helicopter or snowcat before and after a day of skiing. The Rocky Mountains are one of the top spots for heli-skiing and heli-boarding in the world.
Heli-skiing and heli-boarding vacations vary. The one thing they all have in common is helicopter transportation to and from pick-up and mountain drop off staging areas. Some companies operate in or near communities providing day trips only disembarking from a helicopter pad located on their properties or from a near by staging area. Other companies provide multi day ski vacations providing accommodations and meals in remote wilderness lodges.
Cat skiing seeks out remote untouched powder snow ski areas using snowcats. A snowcat is a an enclosed-cab (on average seats 6-12 people) designed to move on snow. Instead of flying to mountain staging areas, a snowcat travels on snow roads. Cat skiing companies tend to operate from ski resorts. Some provide multi day ski vacations providing accommodations and meals in remote wilderness lodges and from there provide cat skiing transportation to and from staging areas.
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