Heli-Skiing - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grechman/3195626591Since the Thompson Okanagan Region is found within one of the largest snowbelts in the entire world. The fluffy snow can get as high as 10 metres and provides plenty of heli-skiing and cat-skiing. Residents and visitors can take a heli-skiing tour or they can take advantage of the snow with a cat-ski operator.

Areas Offering Heli-Skiing and Cat-Skiing

There are a few areas with this type of skiing, which include:

These are the most well-known choices for cat-skiing and heli-skiing in the area.

Heli-Ski Tours

The Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing operation is the second oldest in all of British Columbia. They offer tours for all skill levels and they even offer cat-skiing.

Another good choice for heli-skiing tours is Robson Helimagic. This lodge offers the opportunity to ski Mount Robson.

The CMH Valemount Lodge offers the opportunity for private groups to take a heli-ski tour, while the Cariboo Lodge offers a standard package. Both provide the ability to ski the peaks of the Cariboo Mountains.

Cat-Ski Tours

A snowcat can be quite a bit of fun and the Monashee Powder Snowcats' Lodge provides plenty of fun on five alpine ranges. Along with this choice, the K3 Cat Ski company offers plenty of cat-ski tours including day trips.

Things to Know about Heli-Skiing and Cat-Skiing in Okanagan

A few things to know about this fun winter activity include:

  • The season runs from November to April
  • Safety is a priority with all tour companies
  • Skiers with at least an intermediate skill level are best for this type of ski tour. Those taking these tours should be able to handle black or blue diamond runs.
  • Inclement weather could delay departures

If you're looking for a place to enjoy Heli-skiing or Cat-skiing this season, any of the Okanagan tour companies will provide just what you need.

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