Ability Rating Guide

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT PACKAGE IS BEST SUITED TO YOU
There’s more to selecting the right heli skiing/snowboarding package than just deciding on the number of runs you want to do. 

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HOW GROUPS ARE FORMED

Learn why it’s important to understand your ability level.

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YOUR ABILITY LEVEL

Videos and descriptions to help you figure out where you’re at.

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FAQs

Answers to your more frequently asked questions.

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QUESTIONNAIRE

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How Groups are formed


WHAT WE STRIVE FOR

Our goal is to make sure every guest has the best day possible. When deciding on a heli ski package it is most important to choose one that fits your ability level so that everyone in your helicopter has the most enjoyable day.

We will group you with other guests based on your ability level and package. If you over estimate your ability it will affect the pace of the day, terrain selection, and other guests' enjoyment. Logistically it is very difficult for us to remove you from the field, have you sit out a run, or move you to a different group, so an honest analysis beforehand is critical.

If you really want to ski with your friends, but they are of a higher ability than yourself, please give us a call and we can help you decide which package is best for you. Our staff are experienced and able to guide you in the right direction.

Your Ability Level


VIDEOS

These videos feature various terrain to help you understand where you're at.

ABILITY LEVELS, DEFINED

Ability levels in different countries or resorts can vary. Fitness levels can also vary year to year, so please consider how much you have skied or snowboarded this year. If you’re not as fit as you would like and may struggle after several falls or if you have lots of skiing/ snowboarding experience but will not have had much practice prior to your heli-day, consider moving down one package.

Below is how we define the levels and match them to our package options.

(I) Intermediate

  • Blue Runs: Ski/board them with little trouble doing parallel turns down the fall line.
  • Black Runs: Occasionally ski/board them.
  • Double Black Runs: Not comfortable on double blacks.
  • Off Piste/Powder: Have limited experience with different snow conditions and powder.

Suggested Package

CLASSIC EXPERIENCE

(I+) Strong Intermediate

  • Blue Runs: Routinely ski/board them
  • Black Runs: I have been down double black runs but generally avoid them.
  • Double Black Runs: Occasionally ski a double black when the conditions are right
  • Off Piste/Powder: Have tried the bowls on a powder day with reasonable success

Suggested Package

CLASSIC EXPERIENCE

(A) Advanced

  • Blue Runs: Have been skiing/boarding for years and get many days in during the season. Blues are easy.
  • Black Runs: Routinely ski/board them.
  • Double Black Runs: I can ski/ride double black runs
  • Off Piste/Powder: Enjoy powder, skis/boards with reasonable success and seek it out whenever possible.

(E) Expert

  • Blue Runs: No problem on any blue run.
  • Black Runs: No problem with any black runs.
  • Double Black Runs: I really enjoy skiing/riding a double black run when conditions are right.
  • Off Piste/Powder: Lots of powder experience and like to ski it quickly, rarely falling.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Answers to your more frequently asked questions.

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Questionnaire

Complete this questionnaire, and if you are still unsure, give us a call or drop by our office in Whistler Village to discuss.

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