Heli-skiing: The ultimate sky-high powder thrill

Heli-skiing: The ultimate sky-high powder thrill

 

MARK SISSONS

Half a century after helicopters first transported daredevil recreational skiers high into the mountains of British Columbia, heli-skiing is still the ultimate alpine rush for many.

Today, more than 90 percent  of heli-skiing operations call the immense ranges of the Canadian Rockies home, which pretty much makes Canada the sport’s undisputed world capital. 

Because of the inherent risks involved in heli-skiing, Canada’s operators take safety extremely seriously. At TLH Heliskiing, each guest is issued a Vario ABS avalanche survival backpack.

Boasting an annual snowfall of 15-80 feet and a drier snowpack than what’s found on the west side of the Coast Mountains, the South Chilcotins Range is prime heli-skiing country.

 

Heli-skiing was practically invented in the Canadian Rockies half a century ago. Today, Bell 212 helicopterscan ferry groups of up to 10 skiers and two guides.

 

On top of the world after an amazing day of heli-skiing in British Columbia's South Chilcotins with TLH, which offers one group per helicopter and unlimited vertical in all packages.

Just a half hour chopper ride from Whistler, luxurious Tyax Wilderness Resort & Lodge serves as basecamp for TLH Heliskiing, which offers single group heliskiing and unlimited vertical.

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