Heli-skiing returns to Atlin, BC
Company stopped offering heli-skiing five years ago after operator fell down a crevasse and died
For skiers and boarders of all ages, cutting fresh turns in the vast coastal mountains above Atlin Lake could top the bucket list.
Heli-skiing is coming back to Atlin, BC, this spring, after a five-year hiatus. Atlin is a two-hour drive south of Whitehorse.
"They're in for the best skiing of their life," says Peter Sidler. "Not only the best skiing, but also the best scenery I think."
Sidler, a guide and operations manager, was a mainstay of Klondike Heliski in Atlin until operations ceased five years ago.
The company shut down after a tragic accident in May 2011, when operator Leo Steiner died after falling into a crevasse while guiding skiers.
Now a new company that Sidler has joined, called Atlin Heli Sports, is reviving the operation.
Even with a price tag of $10,000-$14,000 per week, bookings are filling up quickly for March and April, with just a handful of seats remaining.
The week-long vacation packages offer 5,000 square-kilometres of exclusive mountain terrain and runs up to 1,600 metres vertical.
Guests are accommodated at the Atlin Mountain Inn.