After one of the most epic days of my life, I must SCREAM from the hilltops, that RK Heli ski and their incredible staff are nothing short of amazing! And if you are on the fence about going next year, jump off of it head first and start planning for one of the most amazing adventures of your life! And within reach! My husband and I have drooled over skiing/snowboarding videos for years and have always dreamt of the opportunity to go out and seize if for ourselves but never thought in a million years we could/would actually do it.
The experience: We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted at the lodge with a top notch breakfast to start the amazing day off right. No kidding, bacon and eggs, fruit, coffee/tea, sweets, fruit, the works, by the fire, while Rod briefed us on our impending adventure. Then we spent some time reviewing important safety information and training to prepare us for what exactly to do in the event of an avalanche, safety in and around the helicopter,etc. leaving us feeling that we were in very capable hands and ready to face the day. And then we were off!
We were lucky enough to be able to go up to some of the highest heights they fly and were greeted with 18" of fresh snow that had just dropped the day before. What luck! Something tells me whereever you end up skiing with these guys, you're in for a treat, but we were all psyched to be blessed with a fresh blanket. There aren't words to describe the feeling of getting out of the helicopter for the first time and experiencing the rush of the whirl of the props contrasted by the serene quiet once it's gone and there you are in the middle of winter wonderland with great anticipation. Rod and Nate were our guides. Both unmatched in their ability, experience and attention to literally everything within our surroundings. They were very thorough in checking stability and always making sure that the crew was having fun, no matter the ability level. We did 4 "runs" before lunch. When I say runs, I'm talking 30-40 minutes. If you are considering a 5 run or more day, make sure you're ready for it physically. I joked with Rod that we were considering some afternoon runs at Panorama Mtn. if we finished early enough. He said "silly mortal..." and he was right! I'm in great shape but after a full day, couldn't handle much more than a nap, a soak and a cocktail.
Our lunch stop was ridiculous! Our pilot Derek had shoveled out a lunch pit while we were skiing down to meet him in a beautiful valley. We arrived to HOT tea and various bevies, chips, cookies, candy, sando's galore (which by the way were superb when you consider where you are and what you are doing! Chef Ricky and his team do a fabulous job of keeping you well fed throughout the day. Something for everyone.) After a short lunch we were back in the heli for our last run of the day. We were amazed to see evidence of some wolverine activity on our last run down. C'mon! And if that weren't ridiculous enough, we were treated to some of Dereks magic in piloting and had a ride back that was just as thrilling as the skiing. What an unbelievable experience that I will NEVER forget and am starting to budget for next year already.
All I can say is GO...... just GO!
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