Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing
Canada: British Columbia
Do you want powder, powder and more powder? Selkirk Tangiers is where you can heli ski and resort ski on endless dry powder.
About the operator
At Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing (STHS), guests, friends and employees are celebrating 35 years of powder skiing and snowboarding.
A fourth generation Swiss mountain guide, STHS founder Peter Schlunegger introduced helicopter skiing to the Revelstoke area and the Selkirk Mountains in 1978. Thirty years later, his vision has become a successful reality.
The tradition of guiding in the Selkirk Mountains runs deep. In 1899, Karl Schlunegger, the great-grandfather of Peter, became one of the first guides to work from the historic Glacier House lodge in Rogers Pass, in what would become Glacier National Park.
It is an exciting time to join us in Revelstoke. Selkirk Tangiers was purchased in 2007 by Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR). This new development allowed us to combine the amazing potential of the resort with STHS's unrivaled terrain. Guests are provided with access to both world class helicopter skiing/boarding and North America's most exciting new ski resort, which boasts the highest vertical descent in North America - 1713m (5620 ft).
The Hillcrest Hotel serves as our main base, where our guests stay and enjoy the finer qualities of life with superb dining and accommodations. STHS moved into the hotel once construction was completed in 1999 and the lodge continues to be an exceptional facility for our operation - here you will find a well-stocked retail store, boot room, and ski rentals. The office for our reservation staff is located on the main floor in the newly renovated lobby. We take pride in making you feel at home in a casual setting that allows guests to relax throughout their vacation with us.
Though our staff have diverse backgrounds, passion for the snow, mountains, and exceptional customer service bring them all together. Selkirk Tangiers promotes and fosters a friendly working environment where staff work together to create an unforgettable guest experience.
Safety and Risk Management
At Selkirk Tangiers, the safety of our guests, staff, and pilots is our top priority.
Selkirk Tangiers is committed to training and awareness so that guests will have a thorough understanding of the mountain environment they will be exposed to. All guests are required to attend a safety briefing and orientation prior to skiing or snowboarding. An experienced staff member will brief the group on the skiing agenda and expectations, and answer any questions or concerns that the group may have.
Each guest will be equipped with a Barryvox Pulse avalanche transceiver which they will be trained to use in addition to other safety equipment. Guests also have the option to rent the Snow Pulse Airbag Backpack. Your guide will provide an overview on skiing in powder, brief you on the natural hazards around you when skiing in the backcountry (i.e. trees, cliffs, crevasses), and how to be safe. While you are out skiing, your guide and several members of the group will carry backpacks with the necessary safety gear for traveling in the backcountry.
Our guides are trained to assess and manage avalanche risk. They monitor and test snowpack stability and use a variety of snow science and weather observation tools to gather data and formulate daily operation plans. Each morning our guides and pilots attend a comprehensive meeting to select the appropriate terrain for each group based on the current weather and mountain conditions. The guides and pilots are certified to the highest levels in their professions to negotiate your group through all that our terrain has to offer. They maintain constant radio contact with each other in the field, as well as with our base station through a radio repeater system.
Our guides are members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and/or the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA). These men and women are committed to giving you the powder experience of a lifetime. Many of our guides work around the world doing what they love to do - guiding people in the mountains. They have received specialty training in avalanche forecasting, terrain evaluation, rescue and emergency medical techniques.
Eriks Suchovs - General Manager
Eriks is our General Manager. He grew up in Toronto to Latvian parents with a great skiing history. After spending time climbing and skiing in Banff, he got a business degree and moved to Revelstoke in 1981 to start a restaurant. He started guiding with Selkirk Tangiers in 1983 and never left! With a change in ownership, Eriks made the move from a Senior Guide to Management. He still tries to get out skiing and guiding as much as he can.
Eriks has two little ski monsters: Andreas, 11, and Chloe, 10 - who have been heli skiing since the age of four and will experience the new adventure of ski touring this winter. His other interests include sailing his boat in Desolation Sound, surfing with his kids in Tofino, and exploring the ocean and lakes with his zodiac while camping on the beach.
"Tangiers Glacier. Landing at 9,300 feet beside the spire, skiing all the way to the true valley floor, picking up beside the creek, and checking the waters for trout. Its 1,735 vertical metres, glacier views, and the mature old growth forest make it a true classic."
Jeff Honig - Guiding Operations Manager
Jeff Honig is one or our Operations Managers. He lives in Revelstoke and has spent the last 12 years guiding with Selkirk Tangiers. An internationally certified mountain guide, he has been guiding for 13 years. During the spring, summer and fall, he runs Alpine Addictions, a guiding business taking people rock climbing and mountaineering across North America and Europe. His interests include rock, ice and alpine climbing, waterskiing, golfing, and house projects. Jeff and his wife Stephanie have a two year old daughter named Sienna and a new born named Lilla.
Pierre-Etienne was born in London, England and grew up in the Laurentians, north of Montreal, Quebec. He has been guiding with Selkirk Tangiers for four seasons. Pierre-Etienne started skiing at three years of age, and ski raced for 17 years. Ski instructing in Chamonix led him to discover backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering.
After obtaining an Adventure Guide Diploma from Thompson Rivers University, Pierre-Etienne started working in the industry for other cat and heli operations in the winters, and raft guiding in the summer, which eventually led to year round ski guiding in British Columbia and Chile/Argentina in the summer time. Pierre-Etienne was hired four years ago as one of our new generation ski guides, which he says "has given me access to an amazing amount of expertise and knowledge within the entire operation". He and girlfriend Élodie have a two year old son named Gaël and a dog named Cimba. His other interests include white water canoeing, climbing, skiing, and spending time with the family.
"There are way too many runs at Selkirk Tangiers to have only one favorite. In fact, after four years with the company, I have yet to ski many of them myself!"
Darek Glowacki is happily married and has a fun four year old named Oskar, and a new baby girl, Olive. He is originally from Bielsko Biala, Poland; he has been calling Canada home for 30 years. He calls Revelstoke home and has been guiding with STHS for five seasons. Darek works and plays in the mountains year round. He enjoys ski mountaineering, mountain biking and rock climbing, as well as hiking, swimming, and paddling with his family.
André Normandeau has been an ACMG Ski Guide Since 1993 and has been with STHS for 25 seasons. He has done most of his Guiding in Western Canada, and he is a Pioneer of the "Selkirk Lodge" backcountry ski area. When not in the Selkirks, he spends most of his time in Golden, British Columbia with Tammy where he has built his home. He likes playing with Lexus, his Border collie, and he also loves flat water kayaking, rowing, cycling, hiking, berry picking, and his new passion, disk golf.
"Tangiers Glacier is my favorite run."
Stephane grew up in Quebec. After numerous seasons working for the avalanche control department at the Lake Louise Ski Area, Stephane became an ACMG ski guide to pursue his passion for skiing and guiding people. He has been guiding with Selkirk Tangiers for three seasons. Stephane’s passion for skiing and love of the mountains have led him to work in New Zealand and more recently, in Iceland where he explored new heli ski terrain. During the off-season, Stephane can be found enjoying photography, downhill mountain biking, and fly fishing in remote areas. Stephane works on the STHS Trail Crew during the summer.
"I can't narrow it down to a run. I love the variety that Selkirk Tangiers has to offer. I just really enjoy being out there whether I'm skiing trees or alpine runs."
Dave Scott grew up in Alberta, but has lived in Revelstoke for 21 years, and he hasn't found a better place yet! He is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. This will be Dave’s fourth season with Selkirk Tangiers. Dave guided from 1993 to 2006 with CMH Revelstoke, CMH Galena, and Crescent Spur Heliskiing, and has been working from 1992 to present as a private ski touring guide. In the summer, Dave works as a mountain guide, mountaineering and rock climbing. He has a family of four – his wife Julie and daughters Rebecca, 15 and Mia, 12.
"Outsulation (Akolkolex River)"
Dave Sproule is an ACMG Ski Guide and Apprentice Rock Guide; he is in his 5th year with Selkirk Tangiers. Dave grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and started skiing when he learned to walk. He grew up skiing and boarding the local hills at Whistler and Mount Baker. After living in the Rockies for several years, he and his wife, Heather, settled in Revelstoke 10 years ago to raise their son, Kaya, and daughter, Jasmine.
For the past 10 years, Dave has worked as a guide ski touring, cat skiing, and heli skiing at various operations around British Columbia. Along with a season in Mount Cook, New Zealand. Between guiding and parenting, Dave loves ski mountaineering with friends to seldom visited peaks around Western North America. As a certified tree faller, he spends his summers working on the Selkirk Tangiers glading program, enhancing the already amazing terrain at STHS. Aside from skiing, Dave enjoys paragliding, mountain biking, rock & ice climbing, wood working, and just about any other outdoor activity.
“Freefall...Amazing McDougall Creek.”
Anne Keller, a Washington native, has been climbing since 1985, and has been guiding since 1995. Her guiding experience includes over 50 ascents of Mt. Rainier, several expeditions to the Alaska Range, and numerous routes in the North Cascades, the Sierras, and the Tetons. She has established new routes in the North Cascades, led an expedition to the Pantheon Range, and she is proud to have completed the popular ski mountaineering objectives: the Forbidden Traverse, and the Spearhead Traverse — each in a day. For many years, Anne has worked as a professional ski patroller at Crystal Mountain; she now works as a heli-ski guide in Mazama, and as a backcountry ski guide in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. She is an Emergency Medical Technician, and also has a formal education in Physical Therapy. Anne became certified as an AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide May of 2007 in Valdez, Alaska.
Glen grew up in Alberta in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains and started skiing at a young age. He has been a Ski Guide for 13 years in British Columbia and recently came to STHS in 2011. A full time resident of Tofino, on the west coast of Canada, Glen enjoys surfing when he is not in the mountains getting his powder fix.
Scott is originally from Nelson, British Columbia but now calls Revelstoke his home along with his wife, Emily, who is also a ski guide. Scott has been guiding for over a decade with experience in heli-skiing, snow cat skiing, and backcountry ski touring throughout Canada and New Zealand. He also spends a good amount of time acting as a safety and avalanche consultant for ski and snowboard films. When not skiing, Scott enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing, and finding good coffee. Recently, his family had a new baby boy, Micah; Scott’s pretty stoked about that!
Quinn Castillo grew up in the interior of British Columbia and spent his days skiing the local hills before realizing the magnitude and draw of B.C.'s back country. After a brief stint getting a physics degree, he has since been spending time skiing some of the world's mountains and finishing off his ski guide "degree". He is an assistant ski guide who has been working with Selkirk Tangiers for two seasons. This year he is moving to Revelstoke with his wife and their new son, Wyatt.
"Serac! You can't beat the combination of big mountains, big glaciers and great skiing.”
Simon lives in Canmore, Alberta, and this is his second year working with Selkirk Tangiers. He is an ACMG Assistant Alpine and Assistant Ski Guide. Simon spends much of his winter escaping the poor snow in the Rockies, preferring the consistently excellent skiing of the Selkirks. In the off season, Simon splits his time between guiding, rock climbing, and geology work in the Alberta oil patch. His passion for rock climbing has taken him to South East Asia, Australia, Spain, Greece, Pakistan, and throughout North America. Simon also enjoys alpine climbing, mountain biking, and mixed media visual arts.
Alex grew up in Montreal and moved to Western Canada in his early 20’s to pursue his passion of skiing. He has lived in Revelstoke for the last 10 years. Alex has worked for Cat Skiing operations, and has spent the last five seasons with Selkirk Tangiers. During the summer time, Alex fights forest fires and also works on the glading program at STHS. When not working, he likes mountain biking, surfing, and watching his favorite hockey team, the Habs!
“Alex, of course!”
Paul Gnos is from Erstfeld, a small town right in the middle of Switzerland. He likes spending time with his wife, Evelyn, and their son, Robin. Paul is a full IFMGA mountain guide, and he really enjoys being out in the mountains working for STHS. In the summer, Paul lives and works as a mountain guide in the Alps. He is looking forward to skiing the British Columbia powder once again this winter.
"I think STHS has one of the best heli skiing areas on the planet. There are so many really good runs, but one of my Favorite runs is Swiss Miss."