ENJOY AN ICE CAVE —
OR ICE CAP — ADVENTURE
Does your “bucket list” include a unique and unforgettable adventure, or
perhaps a special celebration, inside a spectacular blue ice cave? Does
your ultimate outdoors adventure include a snowmobile excursion atop
a remote, glaciated ice cap, with a chance to view wildlife in its natural
habitat? Have you a special variation on any of those images in mind? If
you can dream it, chances are that Head-Line Mountain Holidays (HLMH)
can make it happen.
HAVE YOUR SKIS, SNOWBOARD DELIVERED
For those who arrive in town without their personal ski or snowboard gear, Whistler has several rental shops that
will get you outfitted with the latest gear and accessories. But for those wishing to skip the potential rental-shop
lineups, there’s another option: ski delivery services. Ski Valet Whistler will deliver the latest in skis, snowboards,
boots and even winter wear right to your hotel or even your favourite coffee shop. The company, launched in
2017-’ 18, focuses on exceptional service, said General Manager Lisa McGregor.
Last season the company had a request from guests who were coming to the resort for the day to partake in
Whistler Blackcomb’s Fresh Tracks Breakfast and then a day of skiing. Ski Valet Whistler dispatched a ski
technician to meet the guests at 6: 30 a.m. in the gondola lineup and even held onto the guests’ shoes until the
end of an amazing ski day, McGregor said. “We will bend over backwards to make sure you only have to worry
about getting in some amazing turns on these beautiful mountains,” she said. “That’s why we are all here, right?”
Ski Valet Whistler has an extensive fleet of top-quality gear, and its friendly staff can even outfit guests with the
gear that best fits their ability and the day’s expected snow conditions, she said. While most customers are fitted
with the right boots the first time, “We will do any adjustments needed, or even a second boot fitting — whatever
gives the customer the best experience possible,” McGregor said.
For details on Ski Valet Whistler, call 604-962-6364 or visit skivaletwhistler.com. Two other companies
also offer a similar delivery service: Spirit Bear Ski Delivery 604-938-4900, spiritbearski.com; and Black Tie
Ski Rental Delivery 604-962-2122, whistler.blacktieskis.com.
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The five-year-old, Whistler-based company has regular experiences that
include Heli Ice Cave Explore, The Blue Room (an extraordinary private
dining experience prepared by Four Seasons Whistler’s Executive Sous Chef David Baarschers and served inside an ice cave), Heli Snowmobile and Heli Hot Springs.
It also organizes special events including proposals, weddings, anniversaries or corporate retreats in unique and exclusive settings. Excursions are tailored to
individual clients’ tastes and budgets, said Chantal Limoges, HLMH marketing and communications manager.
The ice cave and snowmobile adventures take place on an “Ice Cap” at Whistler’s doorstep that, at 320 square kilometres, is the largest in the region.
“There are multiple ice caves we can explore on our Heli Ice Cave Explore experience. Once we land on the ice cap, and subject to snow conditions and the guests’
ability level, we will take snowmobiles, snow bikes or snow buggies to explore other nearby ice caves,” Limoges said.
All tours are led by their wilderness experience expert guides and naturalists, who have been exploring and developing guidelines in the Sea to Sky region for more
than 25 years. HLMH has a partnership with the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Earth Sciences Department’s Glaciology Group to share information and data —
information that is frequently shared with clients. “We’re all about partnerships and relationship development to help ensure that we’re able to provide bespoke luxury
wilderness experiences for our guests,” Limoges said.
In addition to providing distinctive guest experiences, 3 per cent of the revenues from the Heli Ice Cave Explore tours goes toward the company’s “White is Green” Ice
Cap Research Initiative in partnership with SFU. Visit headlinemountainholidays.com or call 604-902-6415.