Ski + Snowboard

Mountain Highs

by Sarah Tuff

It's early morning, sunny, with 12 inches of fresh powder coating the world—perfect. Except that everybody else thinks so too, and the chairlifts are crammed. Not to worry: Your whirlybird is on the way. British Columbia is the heli-skiing capital of the world, and Heather Mountain Lodge is the ideal place for both lounging and launching. It sits at 3,600 feet in the Purcells mountain range, and houses 24 people under its bright-red roof. The wine list—900 bottles' worth—is renowned around here, and the Wooly Toque lounge serves great microbrews. But cut yourself off in time to catch some Z's before the chopper lands at your door in the morning. More than 33 feet of snow falls here each year, and Great Canadian Heli-Skiing guides will point you down untracked runs of 1,500 to 6,900 feet. With 8 to 12 runs per day, that's enough thigh-burning action to sate the heartiest skiers. Doubles from $110; three-night heli-skiing packages from $3,100 (includes lodging).

Heather Mountain Lodge and
Great Canadian Heli-Skiing
Tel: 866 424 4354 (toll-free)
Tel: 250 344 2326
Fax: 250 344 2316

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