As members of HELICAT, CWSSA, CSGA, and the CAA, we stricly adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry. We hire only certified, competent professionals with years of specific helicopter experience. All of our heli guides and pilots undergo rigorous annual training procedures to be on top of their game at all times.
Our guides are AMCG, CAA, and CSGA certified, trained and current in methods of snow safety, weather analysis, emergency medical techniques and mechanized ski guiding. Early each morning our guides meet to evaluate weather conditions, snow stability and terrain based on field observations and external industry data. Daily decisions are made before going out in the field and often reassessed in the field to ensure optimal safety and fun.
At the beginning of each trip, all guests are briefed by our pilot in helicopter safety procedures. Snowwater uses only the B3e A Star helicopter, a high performance, comfortable machine that maneuvers with great agility in big mountains. All Snowwater guests undergo companion rescue training where you are trained and practice with your provided rescue and safety equipment. We supply each skier or rider with new Tracker digital beacons and individual safety backpacks including shovel, probe and water bottle, as well as personal radio, each with an external mike for added communication. With only four guests per guide, our small group set up allows for a maximum margin of safety and added individual attention while in the terrain.
As stewards of this land, we have taken necessary precautions to help protect the areas that we are lucky enough to ski in. We use double-walled Enviro Tanks, essentially a tank within a tank, for all our heli fuel needs. In case of a rupture from the inside or out, the ultimate integrity of the fuel remains intact. Anti-siphon valves prevent accidental drainage or tampering.