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The Essentials For Planning A Heliskiing Trip

Author : Wordsworthr Whiteo

Heliskiing is definitely one of the more physically demanding sports out there, but the rush is worth every ounce of leg burn. Traditional mountain resorts have their own thrills, its an experience contained in the safety and boredom of civilization. To truly experience the wonders of nature in pristine wintery perfection, you need to ski where no skis have tread before. Heliskiing drops you down in remote locations where you can experience nature up close. Unlike ski resort snow, the crystals on these mountains make the perfect powder, so you can ski as you never have before. Treat yourself to heli ski and plan a trip. Here are a few things to consider.

For Experts Only:
Heliskiing isn't for everybody. You should already be a seasoned skier before you sign on. You'll be going down an unmarked portion of the mountain, taking whatever the landscape gives you. There are no bunny mountains in heli ski. If you can't ski the expert slopes, keep practicing. Helicopters take you into the wilderness where the skiing is completely wild, so know what you're doing before you step into the chopper.

Safety Training:
Heliiskiing naturally takes you into some of the remotest locations imaginable, which is why safety is so critical. Emergency rooms are a long way away. As part of a heli ski outfit, you'll get extensive training in how to avoid provoking avalanches and other dangers. You'll be equipped with special safety equipment such as an avalanche beacon that transmits and receives danger signals and breathing equipment. Have fun, but be careful. Lives are at stake.

Enjoy the Ride:
Skiing is only part of the thrill of heliiskiing. The helicopter ride is a rush, taking you into beautiful, remote regions. You may want to ask the company if you can film the flight, as it is one of the most impressive and memorable aspects of the heli ski experience. It's not uncommon to see polar bears on afternoon walks, herds of elk, and even wolves. Strap on for the ride.

Save Your Piggy Bank:
Naturally, heliiskiing is pretty helacious on your wallet. It's an investment. Plan your trip so you get the most out of it, and save your money. This isn't no ordinary skiing trip. You're hiring a helicopter, a pilot and perhaps a series of expert guides. That doesn't come cheap. At the same time, it's a thrill of a lifetime. Make the most out of your investment. Save and plan out your heli ski experience.

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J.J. Graziano is the author of this article about heliskiing, and lives year round in Terrace, BC in Northwestern Canada.

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Tags:   heliskiing, skiing, travel, winter sports, outdoors, sports, recreation

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