Mica Heli should be on every skier and snowboarder’s bucket list. This relatively small (max 16 guests), remote, boutique lodge located high over a lake in British Columbia with spectacular views of the Selkirk and Monashee mountains offers access to the best skiing and riding in the world.
Mica not only offers a huge variety of terrain but the best of all genres. From glades to pillows to high alpine gnar, you can fulfill your ski fantasy here. Mica’s diverse terrain makes for very few down days—in fact, over the last eight years Mica has only averaged 1.5 down days a season. If it’s puking snow—they’ll simply drop you in the trees.
Just take a scan down the testimonials page of their website to see what the world’s best skiers, riders, photographers and filmmakers have to say about the beautiful lodge and all-time terrain.
New for the fall of 2012 is a new lodge to help in the enjoyment of the Mica Heli-Skiing experience. The lodge is designed to be efficient, sustainable, have more spacious drying areas, comfortable places to socialize and accomodating towards staff and guests alike.
If You Go:
Travel: Fly to Kelowna, BC and their luxury shuttle travels two hours to Revelstoke then another 1.5 hours to Mica Creek. Or, you can heli transfer direct to the lodge from Kelowna.
Basic Package: Prices include transfers to/from Kelowna, BC to Mica staging, heli flight into Mica Lodge, deluxe accommodations, gourmet meals, use of Volkl powder skis/Burton powder boards, SnowPulse air bag packs, guides radio, shovel, probe and Barrivox digital transceiver. Unlimited vert up to Jan. 10 then 4500 meters/day are included and extra vertical is $135/1000 meters. Pricing does not include taxes (six percent, if you are from outside Canada).
Years in Biz: Nine
Size of Tenure: A quarter million acres
Snowfall: 40-60 feet annually
Size of Group: Four (only two groups of four per A-Star helicopter)
Guarantee: 4500 meters/day
How they Charge: Mica requires at least a three-day trip. Their base three-day trip starts at $5500 and prices go up from there.
Sherpas Cinema took seven trips to Island Lake and Mica Catskiing in 2010/2011 to produce this 22 minute TV special highlighting the regions epic skiing and deep powder.