The backcountry experience

This is a superb adventure that allows our guests to really enjoy the beauty of the backcountry experience. We fly to our cozy yurt located deep in the Cascades at 6,000 feet, unload our gear. After that it is three or four days of skiing and exploring some of the finest touring terrain around. This program includes roundtrip helicopter flight, guide services and three or four nights at the yurt with catered, delicious wholesome meals.

You and up to seven friends bring your own equipment, an assortment of beverages, clothes and a sleeping bag for mining the goods at our backcountry stash. Escape to the Barron yurt and see what brings groups back year after year.

4 night yurt trip - $2,000 per guest with a required deposit of full payment. Pricing does not include Washington State sales tax of 8.4%. Available Sunday through Thursday departing Sunday afternoon and returning Thursday afternoon.

3 night yurt trip - $1,750 per guest with a required deposit of full payment. Pricing does not include Washington State sales tax of 8.4%. Available Thursday through Sunday departing Thursday afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon.

North Cascade Heli

FIRST DAY - Meet at the barn at noon on the day of your scheduled trip. Safety briefing and introduction to helicopter skiing/riding procedures. You will be instructed in avalanche safety and standard backcountry travel procedures. We pack the heli for transport to the yurt. Typically this process takes about 2‐3 hours while we wait for the heli-skiing groups to conclude their day.

Guests are lifted in groups of four with their guide, to the Barron yurt. We may get some skiing in but the primary goal on the first day is to get to the yurt.

EACH DAY - Greet each day with delicious Blue Star coffee and tasty catered meals, make and pack a lunch and head out to get some skiing.

LAST DAY - Head back to the yurt for a pick up between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to return to the heli barn.

North Cascade Heli
Gear & Equipment

We strongly recommend that you bring a modern ski touring setup. If you have questions about your current gear, give us a call and we can make some recommendations. If you know your current gear is dated, the Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama rents high quality touring gear, including split boards. For the flight, we recommend organizing your gear like this:

  • A day pack (~30L) that is packed with all your ski touring gear (skins, goggles, extra layers, etc.) Fully loaded for the trip this pack should weigh no more than 20 lbs.
  • A small duffel bag (~40L) that has all your overnight gear. This bag MUST be small and light. It must not have wheels, a frame of any kind or any rigid parts. Please pack light!
  • Your sleeping bag in a compression stuff sack

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Photo Credit
Jeff Ward
North Cascade Heli
Helpful Links

Use these links to help you plan the perfect trip with us! If you have any questions you can always call us at 1-800-494-HELI or use our online contact form to send us a message.