A heli trip with Kingfisher means you're exploring the Monashees where the cold pow is untouched by the masses.
To complete the skiing trifecta in the Vernon area, you need to head a little southwest of town to the Predator Ridge Resort, which is the new home of Kingfisher Heli Skiing. For powder poachers seeking the ultimate private, small-group (three skiers and two guides per heli) experience, Kingfisher is the trump card. Boasting an eye-popping 300,000-acre tenure of marvelous Monashee powder, steep chutes and some of the best glade skiing on the planet, Kingfisher is truly in a class of its own.
“Our new partnership with Predator Ridge is a game changer,” says Brock Freathy, assistant manager of Ski Operations at Kingfisher. “Unlike most heli-skiing outfits, we're within minutes of Kelowna’s International Airport. Our guests can land at YLW and be skiing waist-deep powder in the Monashees in a matter of a couple hours.
“For our guests who travel here from around the world, it can amount to two extra days of skiing or two less days of travel, depending on how you want to look at it. And we pay attention to the little details that can make a trip memorable including luxury accommodation, your favourite beverage, local wines, healthy and locally-sourced snacks, the list goes on. And then there’s our terrain...”
Without a doubt, Vernon's ideal setting in the heart of the Okanagan – but in close proximity to the snow-smothered slopes – is also a huge selling point. The historic downtown, which is home to top-notch restaurants and shopping, is the perfect homebase for a ski holiday.