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Heli-skiing
Heli-skiing takes adventure to new heights -- instead of a ski lift, a helicopter takes you to the highest peaks.
Heli-skiing takes adventure to new heights -- instead of a ski lift, a helicopter takes you to the highest peaks.
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The problem with ski lifts is that they can only take you so high up the mountain. In order to ski the best slopes on the most powdery of powder, you may want to give heli-skiing a go. Some of the best spots to try this experience can be found in Alaska, British Columbia and Italy, and most heli-skiing will provide you with transport to some of the highest peaks in the area. Once on the top, you'll disembark from the helicopter with your guide and follow him or her down to the pick-up spot. You will be skiing at an altitude of anywhere between 6,500 feet (1,900 meters) and 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). In addition to air-lifting you to your skiing destination, most companies will allow you to rent equipment and offer the option to pay for a package deal that will include your room and board, or opt for a pay-by-the-run deal where you pay for each lift to the top separately.


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