Have a 4 day trip to Whistler upcoming in February and my group of 3 has decided to spend one day heli-skiing. First timers (yet Expert resort skiers) all around. First of all, I know that the best way to do this is a week-long trip to a dedicated heli operator...but for family, time, and budgetary reasons that won't be happening this season. So we're focused on the single-day option. I'm looking to see if anyone has any insight or opinions on Whistler Heli vs Powder Mountain vs Coast Range Heli (the 3 main single-day operators running out of Whistler Village).
I've done some initial research and based on my findings, here are my current thoughts (please shoot holes in them and correct where needed).
Whistler Heli - The "biggest" and owned by Whistler/Blackcomb. From what I've read the group sizes can get very large and it sounds like most of the time even though they advertise the largest area, they stick close to Blackcomb. I'd prefer not to deal with a massive group size which simply slows everything down. Due to the link to Whistler, would theoretically run into more intermediate skiers here?
Powder Mountain - This one was interesting. I was convinced that this was the way to go because they offered Heli and if the weather was bad they'd switch you out to a Cat. I made an errant assumption, however, that the heli would allow us to access terrain far above/beyond the cat option. They informed me this week that the heli and cat terrain is exactly the same. In fact, they basically told me cat skiing was 1/2 the price for unlimited runs. This focus on cat terrain makes me concerned. We have local cat ski operations in my area and I'm truly looking for that heli experience. I'm now thinking perhaps we book with a dedicated Heli operation and if we get grounded due to weather, we can try and book a last minute cat trip with Powder Mountain.
Coast Range - I'm waiting for an email response from them. All I know is what is on their website. They advertise themselves as the "boutique" skiing option which means small/personalized groups. This sounds very alluring to me. I like the idea of a more personalized experience.
So, most of what I know is based off their websites and (admittedly biased) email responses form them. Does anyone on the forum have any experiences or information to share? Quality of terrain? Groups sizes? Would love to hear anything to assist me in my booking. Thank you!