Selkirk Powder: Guides
Selkirk Powder: Guides
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Established in 2003 as an outfitting and guiding service, Selkirk Powder ® Company (SPC) provides snowcat, helicopter, self-propelled, and snowmobile-assisted alpine ski excursions. Uniquely, SPC is also a verified outfitter of Polaris Adventures offering guided snowmobile tours, an AIARE avalanche course Provider, and a professional division member of the National Ski Patrol. With license and permits that cover over 200,000 acres of the rugged and beautiful Selkirk Mountain Range, SPC conveniently operates at Schweitzer in Sandpoint, Idaho, one of the largest ski resorts in the United States Pacific Northwest.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Eric J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Selkirk Powder refused any accommodation for out of state individuals who got stranded out of state during insane winter flight cancellation issues where 90% of all flights into the area were cancelled. The thing is, there was still several days left for them to cancel and refill the slot on the snowmobile trip during a holiday week. I wasn't asking for a refund, I was asking for a credit to be utilized within one year.

Be warned that they stick with some inane 45 day cancellation policy in an area that is prone to bad weather. If you live out of state, they are not worth booking an excursion with.

I absolutely do not recommend this company. Small minded guide group that doesn't take a tourist friendly approach for a mountain that has become #11 across the West.
Written December 27, 2022
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Stephpoon
Hong Kong, China13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
People always go nuts about powder skiing, and I never understood why. I’ve had some powder experience in Niseko Japan. It’s nice but not something to go cultish over.

After several years of being a caterpillar ski fanatic, my dad finally persuaded me to give it a try. 24-hour door-to-door commute later (from Hong Kong all the way to Sandpoint Idaho), I was thinking “this better be worth it”.

In so many ways, I was fortunate. A couple of days before going on the caterpillar, I was taken off terrain on Schweitzer mountain. The resort has no beginner runs, but a great variety of tree and off-piste skiing, and a back bowl that is just as expansive as the front. Heavenly for experienced skiers.

Came the day when my first caterpillar experience arrived. It snowed the night before and the sky was gorgeously clear. We were 6 skiers that day (the cat can take up to 10 people), and everyone was at near-expert level. I was intimidated.

Thankfully, our guide Dave gave a clear and concise briefing. The runs started out from manageable and gets progressively more challenging, which was perfect for a first-time powder hound. Ken the boss also joined us for a few runs, and guided us down some of his favorite routes.

By the fourth round, we were taken to a completely clear area. The virgin powder glistened in the sun. I was given the first line down, and OMG, it was like skiing on marshmallow. Looking back at my track, I was exhilarated. “I think we got a convert,” someone whispered to my dad.

The entire back terrain belongs to Selkirk, so we had 8 runs with fantastic views of the lake, and powder snow all to ourselves. Thomas, the mountain photographer, joined us midway and took some fantastic photos. The pictures are, of course, plastered all over my Facebook so I can show off to my friends.

The experience was well worth that 24-hour commute. Selkirk is definitely perfect for skiers of varied levels, maybe except for x gamer wanna bes. The guides and the owners know the terrain from the back of their hands.

As a swimwear designer, what I really want to do is this: have 5 beautiful models in bikinis creating their own lines down Uleda bowl with magnificent view in the background, and have Thomas take the shots!
Written March 26, 2013
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ShowMeTheSights
Mount Pleasant, SC25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
The Selkirk Powder Company is located at Schweitzer Ski Mountain. We went cat skiing with them and had a great day with fresh tracks on 8 or 9 runs. The guides are very knowledgable about the area and will even help with tips on powder skiing if you don't have a lot of experience. The Company also takes safety very seriously which is important when skiing in any area out of the ski resort. The Company provides ample snacks, water, and lunch. I would highly recommend them and we will be repeat customers!
Written March 25, 2012
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havefun15
Placerville, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
Our trip to Schweitzer was our best skiing this season. The snow around Tahoe and Colorado was disappointing so the 13 of us went to Idaho and had a great time. The day we spent skiing with the Selkirk Powder group was the best day of our best week of skiing this year! Our guide was professional and entertaining. The staff at the desk was thorough and reassuring. Ten of our group filled the Cat. The day was well worth the splurge. Go for it.
Written March 28, 2013
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Paul W
Athol6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
Riding the snowcat to unskiied powder was great fun but limited black diamond terrain.
Written May 16, 2012
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eric w
Saint Louis, MO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
Had a terrific time snowmobiling one afternoon on high quality machines. After check-in at the Selkirk Powder Co. desk in the main lodge, got to take the lift to the top of Schweitzer Mountain where our guide met us. We hopped on the snowmobiles and headed to the back country. Absolutely fantastic scenery everywhere. You can see several mountain ranges and look down in the valley at Lake Ponderay. My wife, 17 yr old daughter, and I had an outstanding time.
Written January 12, 2012
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AirIdahoCharters
Sandpoint, Idaho1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
Skied with Ken and Jon and had a great time! Would definately recommend this to anyone who wants to get away from the crouds and where a snorkel when they ski.
Written February 10, 2011
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Doug R
Scottsdale, AZ42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
This was a true mountain top experience. Back country skiing at its best and only a ski lift away. The guides were strong and fun. Can’t wait to go back.
Written October 28, 2019
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Thank you Doug! Looking forward to riding with you again soon!
Written October 30, 2019
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atomicrs11
Seattle, WA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
Staff was great!! the skiing was great too!! Definitely wanting to do this again!!
Written February 1, 2012
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SuburbanPioneer
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
If you're reading this review, you need to put helicopter skiing from Selkirk Powder Guides on your bucket list. It was the best skiing I've experienced in my lifetime. The guides know the mountains really well, and they are focused on finding the best snow. They are also focused on safety and making sure everyone is having a great time.

When you book, plan to stay a couple of days and let them decide which is the best day for helicopter skiing -- great snow conditions make all the difference.
Written March 23, 2019
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Thank you SuburbanPioneer, so glad to see this review and hope it helps others with their choice to ride, and the planning required, to ski with us. kb
Written March 28, 2019
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