Eagle Pass Heli Ski is a heli-ski outfit in Revelstoke, BC Canada, the heart of the best heli skiing in the world – the Monashee Mountains. Eagles Pass offers small group helicopter skiing, with both day heli skiing and overnight heli ski packages – even a week in their luxury lodge.
What’s cool about Eagle Pass in Revelstoke is you have the big mountain ski resort – Revelstoke– nearby in the event its no fly weather and you can’t go out heli-skiing. Eagle Pass is one of the smaller, more casual heli ski outfits in BC we have encountered. However, their tenured terrain is a huge 270,000 ac, or 1100 square kilometers, of British Columbia’s beautiful snow drenched wilderness of the Monashee mountains – famous for high quality snow, open bowls and glaciers, and beautifully well-spaced trees.
Eagle Pass heli ski groups are small, typically groups of 4 plus a guide, sharing an A-Star helicopter, alternating runs with another group or two, a total of four at most. Translation: more space, more snow, less waiting, and more attentive service from your alpine guide and limo driver – the helicopter pilot who provides your scenic exciting trips back up to the top of these inviting snow loaded peaks.
If you’ve ever heli-skied with a big outfit and a big chopper, you know there can be waiting for your ride between runs, and waiting for the least experienced skier in your pack. With only four in your group this is less likely to happen.
Our Eagle Pass heli skiing day started in their downtown meeting point just a few miles from Revelstoke Mountain Resort. In the morning you meet here for your heli ski safety briefing, powder ski fitting, and suit up with avalanche backpacks, transceivers, and radios, before boarding a van to ride to the heli plex hanger for search and rescue training then finally – take off.
The Monashees ski terrain ranges from high alpine open bowls to steeper chutes and snowfields, to trees – well spaced glades to tight powder filled trees. Some runs are long, others are shorter depending on your group’s stamina and the conditions of the day. Unfortunately for us, it had not snowed in a few weeks when we visited so our runs were shorter as the guide worked hard to find us some untracked. As with any heli ski operation skiers, you should be able to ski it all with competence and stamina.
Lunch is “on the fly” in the great outdoors, some snowy spot by the helicopter with your comrades for the day. In fact, you are outside all day, from morning till afternoon, doing laps, and heli rides. We skied about 8 runs, the majority were in the trees, since the summit snowfields were windblown hard snow.
A day heli-skiing with Eagle Pass is typically $1,400 including your certified guiding, your helicopter safety and avalanche training, safety equipment (beacon, shovel, Float 22 airbag, personal radio and probe), a 6-8 run guarantee, of vertical skiing, and a picnic lunch in the mountains plus après ski back at the lodge. More ski runs costs more money, FYI. Eagle Pass overnight heli ski operation has a beautiful lodge and goes to even more remote and exculsive ski terrain.
Apres Ski with Eagle Pass, we all gathered in Revelstoke at the the popular local’s bar Last Drop Bar – in the Powders Spring Lodge, where we enjoyed sharing a few pitchers of Canadian beer and nachos, and some laughs with our heli group and guide.
In heli-skiing, there is no guarantee of weather, of whether or not you’ll fly, of conditions, or of quality pairings, as we got paired with two Germans who did not know how to ski trees and couldn’t keep up in the glades. These things happen. See our guide to Heli skiing safety and skill for the best possible experience, and being a strong skier in your pack, not the weakest link. Eagle Pass can typically cater your ski day to your group, and the pilot has greater flexibility in the choice of landings and pick-ups – so you can go where the best snow is in their Monashee mountain tenure.
Eagle Pass has been featured in Sherpa Films ski movie, “Into the Mind.” Their guides are young and bold and relaxed, and like the terrain you will be skiing – un-groomed. The modern A star helicopters are cool, and a day heli skiing with them is an exciting add on to your ski vacation at Revelstoke.