FUEL UP FOR YOUR SKI OR
What’s the best way to start an awesome day of skiing or riding?
In Whistler, many locals and repeat guests say it’s with the Fresh
Tracks Mountaintop Breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge on
Imagine arriving early, getting a head start on the crowds and
admiring the sunrise as you ride the Whistler Gondola up to the
1,828-metre ( 6,000-foot) level. Then you sit down to a mountain-sized breakfast buffet feast, including hot and cold beverages,
fresh fruit, yogurt, delectable bakery items, freshly prepared hot
offerings and all the fixings in the cozy confines of a mountaintop
lodge. Afterwards, when you hear the “runs are open” call, you and
your posse can head out for first tracks in untouched powder or
perfect corduroy groomed runs. There’s nothing more satisfying!
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GET POWDER HAPPY
For those who love their ‘pow,’ heli-skiing is the ultimate on-snow
experience. Being dropped onto an isolated alpine slope to ski or
snowboard alongside a guide and other powder hounds in knee-
deep powder to the bottom is about as good as it gets.
“The first reaction from first-time heli-skiers is often the coolest,”
says Mike Sadan, general manager of Whistler Heli-Skiing.
“They are at the top of a mountain, somewhere out there … the
helicopter has flown away, and they try to absorb the world they
are now in.” He adds: “A ski vacation to Whistler offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go heli-skiing without having to make
a weeklong commitment; most of our guests are first-timers.
Having said that, if it’s not their first trip to Whistler, and they’ve
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heli-skied before, chances are they’ve turned into a repeat heli-
skier, often requesting the guide they skied with last time.”
Access is limited to the first 650 ticketed guests to arrive at the Whistler Village Gondola base between 7: 15 a.m. and 8 a.m., and the breakfast can sell out on busy days,
especially when there has been fresh snow. Tickets should be purchased online but are not date-specific; so, they can be used any day.
Whistler Heli-Skiing, which has been drawing rave reviews since 1981, has exclusive tenure to some 432,000 acres ( 50 times the size of Whistler Blackcomb) of breathtaking
terrain and offers a variety of tours. The “Classic Experience” is three runs, and guests must have at least solid intermediate skiing or snowboarding skills. The “Elite
Adventure” is four runs for advanced to expert level. The “Ultimate Excursion” is six runs and is for experts only. whistlerheliskiing.com
Powder Mountain Catskiing/Heliskiing offers tours using both helicopters and snowcats — tracked, all-terrain vehicles with cabins that can ferry up to 11 skiers or riders to
the top of 4,000-foot powder runs. powdermountaincatskiing.com
Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing offer unparalleled heli-skiing over a vast amount of terrain in the South Chilcotin Mountains from its lodge near the small community of Gold
Bridge, north of Pemberton. tyax.com
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