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Heli-skiing returns to Atlin, BC

Heli-skiing is coming back to Atlin, BC, this spring, after a 5 year hiatus.

Company stopped offering heli-skiing five years ago after operator fell down a crevasse and died

A helicopter flies high about the mountains near Atlin, BC. (Richard Walch/Klondike Heliski)

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."

The EVOC Team rides a steep line in the mountains near Atlin, BC. (Richard Walch/Klondike Heliski)

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.

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