The Coast Range Mountains Terrain

Whistler Heliskiing

The Coast Mountains are the westernmost range of the Pacific Cordillera, running along the south western shore of the North American continent, extending south from the Alaska Panhandle and covering most of coastal British Columbia.

The Coast Mountains are approximately 1600 km long and average 200 km in width. Its southern and southeastern boundaries are described by the Fraser River and the Interior Plateau. Covered in dense temperate rainforest on its western exposures, the range rises to heavily glaciated peaks, including the largest temperate-latitude icefields in the world. It then tapers to the dry interior plateau on its eastern flanks.

The Coast Mountains were formed when an active volcanic arc , called the Insular Islands , collided against the Pacific Northwest about 115 million years ago. Over millions of years, the Insular Islands had their summits worn down and isostatic rebound has caused their solidified magma chambers to rise, forming the Coast Mountains.

The Coast Mountains provide some of the most spectacular and dramatic mountain scenery in the world as well as some of the finest skiing in the world. Ski magazines and film productions focus much of their efforts in the Coast Range for these reasons. Our heli-ski area sees significant and high quality snowfall as a result of being close to the Pacific ocean, this coupled with greatly variable terrain makes for incredible heli-ski conditions. From high glaciated peaks to fantastic sub-alpine tree skiing, we have it all.