Heli-skiing

Ski Where No Man Has Skied Before

Do you want to take part on some of the world’s best runs?

You’ll experience some of the best downhills of your life, swooping over open glacier fields and then slaloming down steep forest gullies, up to your waist in fresh, powdery snow. Thanks to the helicopter transfers, you can easily cover 32,000 feet in one day.

The only limit is your level of fitness, as the helicopters can take off in any weather, delivering skiers and snowboarders to the summit—which is, somewhat unnervingly, often not much wider than the chopper itself.

The conditions provided by Mother Nature could hardly be better. The Columbia Mountains experience snowfall upwards of 50 feet each season, and the ideal form of the landscape means you can choose between a playful or serious skiing line.

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Rotor glory: Snow beckons

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As a bonus, the risks here are far lower than at other deep-snow resorts because cliffs and large slopes prone to avalanches are a rarity. “This is the place to come for the best week’s skiing of your life, regardless of the weather,” says Cri Maierhofer, a former professional snowboarder who now works for specialist tour operator CMH Heli-Skiing.

The atmosphere at the lodges is another reason to pony up $10,000 or more for a week of powder. Despite all the wonderful luxuries on offer—whirlpool baths, sauna, massages, multicourse dinner menus—the whole thing remains relaxed and informal.

The millionaire—and there are quite a few of those here—sits next to the guy who does the dishes and talks shop with the pilots and guides about what they’ve done that day.

And the best thing of all? There’s zero cell phone reception, meaning absolutely all the focus is on finding the ride of your life.

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Cri Maierhofer’s powder selfie

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“Ambitious skiers and snowboarders should book into the Galena Lodge,” according to Cri Maierhofer. “the area around there is dotted with little crests and crags that you can jump over.”

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