Take Flight: The Whistler ski experience that goes beyond the boundary line

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Take Flight: The Whistler ski experience that goes beyond the boundary line

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Whistler, British Columbia is one of the most popular ski destinations on Earth, and for good reason. But while many folks are aware of the resort in town, there is far more skiing to be done outside of that boundary. More acres than you could ever know what to do with. More powder than you could possibly imagine. Welcome to the Whistler ski experience.

To be more specific: the backcountry skiing accessed by Whistler’s heli-skiing operations will blow your mind, change your perception of this Canadian destination and ultimately make you a better skier. The folks behind said ops know the area better than anyone—from the glaciers up high to the trees down low—and to book a trip with them this winter would be a very wise move, indeed.

Take Whistler Heli Skiing, based in Whistler Village. This operation services 432,000 acres of skiable terrain, including 173 glaciers and 475 runs. They’ve been showing skiers the time of their life since 1981 and offer packages for all types of skiers, so whether you’re looking to smear some low-angle turns or get fully sendy on some big terrain, all you have to do is say the word. Take a flight in one of their birds, tear up pow all day, enjoy a picnic up in the mountains and touch back down 100-percent stoked. Tours start at just over $1,000 and include lunch as well as professional photo and video content to take home so you can show your friends what they’re missing.

Low-angle tree runs and bottomless powder is waiting for you. Photo by Blake Jorgensen.
Low-angle tree runs and bottomless powder are waiting for you. Photo by Blake Jorgensen.
Just another day in Whistler. Photo by Blake Jorgensen.
Just another day in Whistler. Photo by Blake Jorgensen.

The location of these ops—in the heart of Whistler—means you can still experience the area’s vibrant culture. Dine your heart out all over town, tear up the nightlife scene, get some sleep at one of the many top-notch hotels and link up with the crew the next morning for another big day out in the wild. From the delicious rolls of Sushi Village to the endless drinks of Garfinkel’s to the super-posh rooms of the Fairmont, you can live as large as you want in between your backcountry excursions.

British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, covered in dozens of feet of snow every winter. To ski a resort in the province is a huge privilege, but to venture into its backcountry is something only the savviest of skiers get to experience. And while going out there on your own is a very risky move, only to be executed by the most experienced of backcountry skiers, experiencing it with a knowledgable operation is a sure shot at a good time.

So if you’re tired of the same old skiing you always do, book a heli trip in Whistler and escape civilization for the most dreamy turns imaginable. You won’t regret it.

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