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Fitness & Ability Level

To fully enjoy heli skiing, you should be in good physical shape.

It is important to have good cardiovascular fitness in order to enjoy the demands of playing in our snow. We recommend that you engage in some kind of exercise program for eight to ten weeks prior to your ski trip. The fitter you are, the better you will be able to overcome any skiing challenges and avoid injuries. Several full days of lift-serviced skiing or snowboarding combined with powder skiing lessons are also a great way to get ready for your trip.

At Selkirk Tangiers, we do our best to ensure that you are placed in the most appropriate heli ski group. When we can, we will try to put you in a group with similar skiing ability. However, certain factors may limit our ability to do this, including the type of program, length of stay, group size, and the combined weight of the group. To assist us in this process, please have a read through the Ability Levels below to determine which package is right for you.

Ability Level Description Recommended Packages
I can ski/board anything, fast, from first chair until last call. If there’s powder on the mountain, I’ll find it and ride it with ease. Deep snow, tree runs, airs and steep terrain are what I’m looking for.
I normally ski/board advanced terrain and I’m always looking for deeper snow. I don’t need to be the fastest, and air time isn’t required for my day to be a success, but I enjoy small drops. I’m fit enough for full days and I try to get as many as I can.
I can ski/board advanced terrain comfortably and in control at higher speeds. I enjoy riding in powder and have experience. I’m physically fit enough for multiple full days on the mountain.
I can ski/board any intermediate run with ease and enjoy soft snow conditions. I’m a bit slower off groomed trails if conditions aren’t perfect, but I’m still able to make it to the bottom comfortably and in control. I enjoy a full day exploring all types of terrain, but multiple days might be challenging.

If you don’t quite line up with at least our Intermediate ability level outlined above, it would be a good idea to look at enrolling in an Inside Tracks course at Revelstoke Mountain Resort before booking your heli ski package with Selkirk Tangiers. This program will show you how to make the most of every run and assess whether you are ready to fully enjoy a day of Cat or Heli skiing.