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“Very professional operation, very memorable experience”

Coast Range Heliskiing
Ranked #32 of 55 Tours in Whistler
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Owner description: Coast Range Heliskiing is Whistler's premier boutique heliskiing and boarding operation, offering the most authentic backcountry powder experience available. We fly in small groups of 4 to 5 guests, ensuring every experience is tailored to the group or individual. With over 200,000 acres of diverse terrain from big mountain powder lines to secluded tree skiing, you can be sure no two days with Coast Range Heliskiing are ever the same! Book your CRH adventure today and see what makes us Whistler's boutique heli-skiing outfit of choice!
Reviewed 16 May 2013

We were first time heli-skiers so I researched the companies to the extent possible. There are not many reviews of Coast out there but I definitely want to recommend them. True, I cannot compare them to other heli operations but I have traveled extensively and done a variety of tours including snowmobiling, canyoning, skydiving, etc.

This was an extremely well run operation – I was impressed by their efficiency while still making the experience personal. I primarily chose them because they had smaller group sizes which was preferable to me (5 skiers to one guide). After having completed the trip, I cannot imagine going with a big group of 10 or 12. I really liked the smaller size (it felt safer to me – I wanted eyes on the guide at all times!) and it made the experience more personable.

I was very impressed with the thoroughness and matter of fact approach to safety preparations. They did a great job of not sugarcoating the dangers involved, but also not scaring us. We spent about 45 minutes discussing safety, including running a mock search with our beacons. We also practiced how to get in and out of the helicopter before we were up on the mountain.

We had some heavier cloud cover so our first couple runs weren’t exactly where I wanted them to be (i.e. those wide open bowls I think everyone is looking for). The bottom third of these runs were in the trees, which I personally don’t like to ski and felt that wasn’t quite the experience I was looking for. That said, we were able to get more into the big expansive areas for the remaining runs and they were pretty awesome. My husband and I had only intended to do 4 runs but those were completed before lunch and we weren’t tired at all, so we added two more runs to the day for a total of six. After the sixth, I was getting tired so that was the right number for us.

Lunch was in a valley with sandwiches and thermoses of soup. It was cool to feel like you were out in the middle of nowhere having a winter picnic.

It’s a pretty fast paced day so probably the only thing I wish they would’ve done differently is found an opportunity for us to get a picture in front of the helicopter up in the mountains.

Overall, this company was extremely buttoned up and offered a great experience.

Tip - Ladies, bring some TP. Also, wear fewer layers than you normally would on a regular mountain – the pace is fast and there is less rest time so we were a little on the warm side.

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Reviewed 12 April 2013

I posted this same review on Yelp...

"All of the Heli-trip companies are good, but the one the locals scrounge their pennies up for is Coast Range". This is what a season pass-holder from Seattle told us while hanging out at the hot tub at the Westin.

My wife and I came to Whistler for our honeymoon and decided to knock off one of our bucklet list items. Had the previous 2 years in Tahoe been decent, we would probably be in Tahiti. We did some research and decided on CRH because they only take groups up to 5.

We got picked up at 745 at our hotel and met our fellow skiers and got to out pick up point about 1/2 hour later in Pemberton. We met our guides Tyler and Graham. They had pastries, fruit and coffee waiting for us. They then sat us down to go over the saftey gear which included the avalance transponders. When the helicopter arrived the explained the procedure and saftey rules. Never once did we feel we would be put in harms way.

They picked a peak about 10-15 minutes away. We booked the 6 runs option (were dying after 4), had lunch after 5 runs and paid for two additional runs. The had sandwiches, salads and soup waiting for us. Every run was on percect unbelievible terrain. For any avid skiier, this is a must do.

Only negative...we were their last trip of the season and you'll have to wait till December.

Thank Powder415
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

I've Heliskied around the world and enjoyed all of it. But after my first heliski trip with CRH 11 years ago, the consistent quality of terrain, safety, consideration for all guests and great times, I had to write a recommendation. From my experience, this is the best heliskiing in the world. I had a good feeling from these guys as soon as I rang up for my first reservation. They are a simple outfit of local people who Love what they do. The amount and quality of terrain is unbeatable. The guides and staff are super knowledgable, safe, and genuine. They know this Terrain and always find the best snow. Whether you come to Heliski with CRH for a week or just for a day away from Whistler, they always come thru! Thanks guys!!!!

Thank Debbie L
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

This is a top notch operation from start to finish! The day starts in Whistler Village where they pick you up for a short 30 minute drive to their base in beautiful Pemberton. After breakfast, a short meet and greet with your guide and introductions to your ski partners for the day we receive about 45 minutes of avy/beacon training before we started for the day. We were at the top of our first run by about 10am and managed to squeeze in 8 by the end of the day, including about 45 mins for a mountain-top lunch. They offer two packages of 4 or 6 runs, which you will almost certainly exceed, seems like the average is more like 8-12 for the keenest groups. At $95 a pop for extra runs, this can add up quickly but when you're out there it seems totally worth it! I will definitely return for another day next season, thanks for a great day out!

Thank Rob P
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

I'd been wanting to go Heliskiing or catskiing for over a year now without ever being able to make it happen but when some mid-March snow fell with forecasted blue skies for the days after I knew this was the chance for me and some friends.

We looked around the village at various operators but from the start Coast Range Heliskiing stood out. Friendly staff in the resort shop introduced us to what Coast Range Heliskiing offered and from there we were sold. Small groups of no more than 5 per helicopter (unlike other companies), knowledgable guides and a 200,000 acre playground in the Pemberton area!

The day started early with a pick up in resort before being taken to the base of operations outside of Pemberton. Here we received a weather and snow briefing along with a continental breakfast before becoming acquainted with our avalanche transceivers under the enthusiastic guidance of Jeff our guide for the day. 30 minutes later and we had been introduced to the helicopter and we're heading up the valley by shuttle to the first pick up of the day.

From here the day passed into the best day snowboarding I've ever had. We signed up for six runs and ended up doing an additional seventh because it was THAT good!

To summarise it succinctly isn't possible but at no point was there not the chance to take fresh lines in the lightest powder I've ever experienced and all under an amazing blue sky. We tackled steep alpine pitches, gullies and gladed tree runs but on top of the great conditions and blue skies it was Jeff and Tyler (our guides for the day) who really made the difference. They were genuinely excited to be skiing the same lines and kept enthusiasm up all day - although it didn't take much!! They take pictures of you throughout the day and at the end put on a slideshow along with a complimentary beer and snacks - a great touch! Don't worry about paying for the pictures either as they'll send you them for free - added bonus!!

In summary if you are on the fence for heliskiing or boarding then do it, you won't regret the expense once you're up there! If you are in Whistler and on the fence with who to go with then go Coastal Range Heliskiing. Small helicopters means small groups and a personalized service. Coastal Range have a lease on over 200,000 acres of land for themselves and the guides are fantastic which, when combined, means you'll always get the best conditions with no one else around! Thanks Tyler and Jeff, will not be forgetting that day!


Thank Tony C
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