RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS
To reserve any North Cascade Heli program, a deposit is required along with a Registration Form completed by each participant or their guardian. Final payment balances are due 60 days prior to the first scheduled date. If full payment has not been received 60 days prior to the first scheduled date, the reserved space may be filled with no refund of the deposit. Trips are transferable.
Payment for additional runs or flight time will be collected at the end of each trip. Specific deposit and payment policies are described below for each type of program.
In the event of a cancellation, 50% of the deposit is refundable up to 60 days prior to the first scheduled date. No refunds are made on cancellations within 60 days of the trip.
WEATHER & SNOW CONDITIONS
Mountain weather and snow conditions largely determine the selection of the terrain that we may ski on a daily basis. Guests must be able to ski in all the snow and potentially harsh weather conditions that may be encountered in the backcountry including but not limited to deep powder snow, heavy snow, corn snow, wind crust, treed slopes or low angle slopes. No refunds will be given due to poor conditions.
Weather sometimes delays helicopter departure from the Heli Barn. Therefore we require guests to be available until at least Noon on the day of their program unless staff clearly indicates it is a "no-fly" day. Rainchecks will be issued as outlined below for partial or complete no-fly days.
Credit will be made only when North Cascade Heli is not able to provide any portion of the guaranteed skiing. No credit will be given for missed skiing due to poor ability, fitness, equipment failure, injury, or personal choice. Rainchecks expire at the end of the second season after they were issued and can only be applied to future skiing or riding programs.
We reserve the right to cancel any guest's program if we deem that snow conditions or terrain exceeds their ability or fitness level. Injured guests or guests wishing to return from a day of skiing earlier than the rest of the group will be required to pay additional ferry time costs, unless an entire helicopter load wishes to be flown out.
3-DAY HELI-SKI TRIP:
A deposit of $1,000.00 plus Washington State sales tax (8.2%) per person is required at the time of the reservation for each guest. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start of your scheduled program. 21 runs are guaranteed over the course of this program. For guaranteed skiing not received, credit will be issued at the rate of $100.00 per run not skied.
1-DAY HELI-SKI TRIP:
Full payment of $1,250 is required for a deposit per person, plus Washington State sales tax (8.2%). 7 runs are guaranteed for this program. For guaranteed skiing not received, credit will be issued at the rate of $100.00 per run not skied.
EXCLUSIVE HELICOPTER USE:
A deposit of $6,000 plus Washington State sales tax (8.2%) is required to reserve dates for this program. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start of your scheduled program. For daily minimum flight times not utilized due to weather, 60 percent of the unused flight time will be credited at the rate of $6,000 (for two groups) or $6,500 per flight hour (for three groups).
3 or 4-NIGHT YURT TOUR:
To reserve the yurt 4 guests must make a full deposit, which is either $1,300 or $1,450 per person (depending on program length), plus Washington State sales tax (8.2%). If the remaining 4 seats are not booked 60 days from the start of your scheduled program, we reserve the right to offer the remaining 4 spots to another public group. If we are unable to fly for the entire reserved period, a raincheck for $700 will be issued. If we fly in one day late, no refund will be issued for the 1st day missed.
1-DAY HELI-ASSISTED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR:
A deposit of $600 is required for each person, plus Washington State sales tax (8.2%). If we are unable to fly on your scheduled day, credit will be issued for the current or following season at the rate of $350.00. Additional charges may be required for ferry time to remote areas.
3-DAY HELI-ASSISTED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR:
A deposit of $1,650 is required for each person, plus Washington State sales tax (8.2%). If we are unable to fly for the entire program, credit will be issued for the current or following season at the rate of $700. Additional charges may be required for ferry time to remote areas.
GUESTS UNDER 18:
Guests under the age of 18 must have their Reservation Form and Participant Agreement, Release and Assumption of Risk form signed by a parent or legal guardian before beginning their program with us. Guests under 18 must be able to quickly and accurately follow their guide's instructions. If we deem a minor guest to be a risk to themselves or others, we reserve the right to return them to the Heli Barn with no refund. We do not recommend that guests under the age of 14 fly with us.