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post #21 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 10:28 AM
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Just go to the video section of Island Lake Lodges website, & watch the first video on the far left.

That should pretty much clinch it. I think?

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If there was one place in the world I could go, that's the place.
I'm going to go there this year, I just made up my mind.
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Thanks poutanen, that just made my day
Cheers! Can't wait for the trip report! I think there's a reason it's already almost booked up for next season. If I were booking I'd pick March instead of December though...

One of these years I'll splurge and take a trip there!
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Ok i have been looking at some other locations but TBH i dont know canada at all so could people recommend some locations further in land that i can investigate.

Oh and my plan is a week holiday on a ski resort with a couple of days of heli-boarding so it cant be a dedicated heli-lodge or anything. Thats why i looked at whistler because i can ski piste (or around the piste) for the week but take two days heli-boarding.

tTat island lake one is a bit pricey, looks good though

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tTat island lake one is a bit pricey, looks good though
Whistler was $1150 for 8 runs (I'm assuming that's no lodging, meals, or anything). While Island Lake is $2500-$3000 or so in March for 3 days. Including lodging, meals, probably 8 cat runs each day, etc. etc. etc.

Every winter is different as far as snow goes, but I'd say Lake Louise had more consistent snow last year than some of the others. It's that much farther north vs. Fernie and Nelson so when they were getting rain it was getting snow. You might want to try to book a trip to Lake Louise or Kicking Horse and then find a heli/cat place close by. For a relatively cheap cat day check out kpow.ca it's the closest cat skiing to Calgary, obviously not going to have the sheer volume of powder that some of the interior mountains will, but I've had plenty of fun powder days at nearby Nakiska, and with them only running smaller quantities of people there should be plenty of good snow there all year long.

I'm sure there are hundreds of places near Kicking Horse and Revelstoke. I've got a heli-cat guide somewhere I'll have to dig up and get back to you.
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That would be great thanks. Yes the white island may be 2500-3000 for three days which seems like a better deal but my plan is to go on a week package holiday somewhere and have a couple days heli-boarding as thats all i can afford.

My initial idea was a week in whistler incl fligts etc for 1500. Then two days heli boarding at about 1400 (Im probably not capable of doing the 8 run trips as they are advanced only and i havent done any previous heli or big mountain powder before).
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Getting back on the subject of having a pack! Put a portable shovel in it for safety and maybe for some a little bit of fun as well! Grainy-carb-rich snacks for on demand energy.. and some toilet paper wont hurt either! it might seem funny now but maybe not later! If its like the heli drops in switzerland.. than you might want to grab you a ski pole or 2 for flat areas before you get to the pick up site! If you have the money for it.. splitboards are perfect for this kind of thing!!
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Thank you for your advice.

Having done some more research based on the information you guys provided Revelstoke Mountain looks really good. Less busy and some great pow by the sounds of it. However i am having trouble finding package deals there. Any advice? Anyone been there. They do day trips for heli and cat boarding alongside lifts and pistes so sounds ideal to me.

OOOOH they do his 4 day package too which mixes several disciplines...looks fun

http://www.revelstokemountainresort....-skiing-at-rmr

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I'll be looking forward to the trip report because some day I'd like to do a heli/cat boarding trip.

My snowboard buddy really wants to do Baldface lodge for his 40th (still a few years away) so that may be my first real temptation. He wanted to do Baldface well before supernatural came out so I am not sure if he did a ton of research and settled on that or just picked it out of thin air.

Very interested to check back in several months from now to see how it went.
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Yeah I think K-POW will be my first cat day only because the price is so reasonable. I heard also if you can get a group of people together to rent the whole cat, it's significantly cheaper. I may try to go that route through this forum some time this year. Who knows... Might be too late already.
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