Why Purcell? Here’s why
We love to ski.
Skiing great powder in beautiful terrain is what we live for. That passion is contagious. Our staff have some of the best jobs going, and that makes it easy to create an environment for you to release your inner child into our wide winter playground. We’re fun, and you’ll feel it.
We group by ability. (Really)
Purcell is the pioneer of Custom Group Heli-Skiing, which offers in-the-field group customization and the best guide-to-guest ratio in the industry to give you the freedom to ski at your pace. Groups of 9 guests and 3 guides are split by ability, get their own guides, plus a tail guide to sweep for safety. No waiting if you’re fast, and no more pressure if you’re slower.
For more than 40 years, we have held safety as the highest priority. Our team of dedicated professionals are highly trained, experienced, and will provide all guests with the tools to be aware and comfortable with their surroundings. Purcell’s owner, Rudi Gertsch, was instrumental in establishing the standards of heli-skiing safety in British Columbia, and we proudly meet and exceed those standards still.
We are the closest heli-ski operator to Banff making for easy day trips from Banff and Lake Louise, and right on the Trans-Canada highway. We specialize in single-day and flexible multi-day packages, so you have the freedom to fit heli-skiing into your holiday when it suits you best. If you have bad luck and the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can still get some turns instead of being stuck in a remote lodge – our local ski resort, Kicking Horse, is just a few minutes away. We’re also just a short hop from the great ski resorts of Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Our guides at Purcell (Rudi, Jeff and Hamish) gave us the best day Mother Nature would allow, and given the awesome terrain they they alone have access to, Mother Nature did not disappoint! A phenomenal day for the family - the guiding helped to create and foster a fantastic group spirit. I simply cannot recommend these guys highly enough.Chris Q.
Purcell’s guides are miracle problem solvers and expert powder finders. I love riding with Purcell’s one big happy family! My only concern is they make it way too addictive!Dawn W.
Everyone involved is friendly, remembers your name and is genuinely grateful you are there to ski with them. There is no pretense and I very much appreciate the personal relationship I have made with the team. Purcell provide a wonderful day no matter what is thrown at them. The skiing, of course, is amazing! Simple cannot wait for the next adventure.Jeff W.
The conditions and terrain were outstanding. Everyone was made to feel welcome and part of the group. The guides made sure everyone had the chance to lay the first tracks, and the attention you pay to safety ensured we had a memorable experience. By far the best ski days that I have had in 30 years!Ury T.
A reliable company working with top-class staff. Instructions beforehand are clear and inspire confidence. The manner in which the guides handled the difference in ability level within the group was very pleasant. They made sure everybody got the most out of it. Thank you guys!!Jenny P.
I have well over 1500 ski days in my life. At least 400 in the last 7 years. This was my first heli trip and it was everything I’d hoped it would be – and more. Great communication, clarity of instructions, and confidence in the guides.Bruce A.
My experience was one words cannot fully describe! The conditions and the runs we rode were unbelievable and truly breathtaking! Beyond that, the whole staff did such an incredible job at accommodating me that at no point did I feel like just a customer; rather, I felt like I was part of the family.Dave M.
The people at Purcell are fantastic. Everyone is thoroughly professional and obviously very experienced. They looked after us very, very well. A first-rate operation in every way: safety, quality, customer service, organization, terrain – all great.Bill K.
I had an amazing experience. You are a first-class outfit with seasoned staff that place safety as well as customer satisfaction first. The terrain speaks for itself – WOW! I am hooked on heli-skiing.Todd T.
I loved skiing with a legend! The Gertsch history is amazing. Knowledge of terrain, affable guides, the ability to provide fantastic skiing in any conditions – and the customer care is excellent, from all Purcell staff involved.Rob J.
It’s an easy day trip out of Banff or Lake Louise so the option of a single and multi-day trips is always there. The terrain to choose from is vast, so there’s so many options to deal with weather, stability, snow and skier ability. Most of all I felt safe at ALL times.Paul C.
To all the GREAT STAFF at Purcell. Thank you very much for making my year! I had too much fun with all of you guys on Wednesday. You run a VERY professional Heli-show. You are in a very serious business, but still are able to inject tremendous fun into the whole experience, something which takes time to perfect I’m sure. Way to go!John R.
This was supposed to be a once in a lifetime adventure, but it may become an annual thing! Thank you for one of the best days of my life, made even better by such a great team.Jerry D.
We’ve been doing trips out west since ’92 and this was the BEST ski day we’ve had. Derek, thanks for taking great care of us and showing us some amazing terrain! We had a great day, a great group, and great guides. Thanks!Glenn J.
Wonderful experience. Best heli operation I have ever boarded with. Safe and fun while challenging us vertical foot after vertical foot. The guides were knowledgeable, fun and great skiers. This place is the gateway to heaven! Well above and beyond all of my wildest dreams. Thanks very much guys.Derek P.
Absolutely amazing! I had a wonderful time. I know I began with a million butterflies in my stomach but after the first run I was having a ball. A special thanks to Rudi and the whole team – you were so supportive and fun! I’ll be back next season! Thanks so much!Lucy H.
At Purcell, we recognize the responsibility vested in us to sustain the health of the alpine environment. It is the wild nature of these areas that makes the activity of heli-skiing such a memorable privilege.
From wildlife awareness and avoidance, to fuel use, forestry practice, and daily recycling, we are guided by the philosophy of responsible use, and always seek to exceed government and industry standards. We believe that the mountains are there to be enjoyed, but enjoyed for all, for years to come.