Skiers unload gear from a helicopter in the backcountry near Whistler. — Photo courtesy of Tourism BC/Randy Lincks
Adrenaline junkies, this adventure is for you! Whistler has always been a favorite ski and snowboarding destination, but here's an experience on the next level. Heli-skiing is exactly what it sounds like: a helicopter takes you to untouched powder far from the main runs. Fortunately, in Whistler, your heli-skiing experiences comes with certified instructors that know the routes inside out. And with over 4300 acres of snow covered terrain, fresh powder is easy to find.
Your guide will take into account the weather, wind, new snowfall and temperatures before making the decision of the route you will be taking that day. Guides want to make sure your experience is awesome, but safety is also key. After the day's runs have been planned, it's time to jump into your flying chariot.
When you think about it, you're getting two experiences for the price of one when heli-skiing. The first is the helicopter ride to the top of the mountain, which will wow you with amazing aerial views of Whistler and beyond. After you've landed and strapped yourself into your gear, you get the main attraction: a thrilling ride down the mountain.
Skiing groomed slopes will always be fun, but this is an experience unlike any other. Did we mention there's also no waiting in line for a chair lift? That's a win in our books.
Most tour operators offer trips that will cater to intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders and here are some in Whistler you may wish to check out: