You think you've got the ultimate ski vehicle? Check out this add-on equipment:
That's all well and good, but the best skiing is accessed past the end of the road.
Ultimate ski vehicle: Bell 412EP
Somebody always has to bring a helicopter into these "ultimate ski vehicle" threads, don't they? I thought I'd do it early and get it over with.
The Bell 212 and 412 aren't the fastest, but they're among the safest. They have two turbines and can fly on one.
Yeah, those definitely aren't the same as other systems. I remember Ken Block's car from a couple years ago (and others like it, including a bicycle-based version), but not having to replace your tires is a nice advantage. Plus these aren't even out yet, so they haven't been around for years.
The local cat skiing operator has this setup on a Suburban. The staging area is at Purgatory, but the cat terrain is quite a ways back in the Nat. Forest. They send the cat out early because it is slower and to pack the road, then the customers take the chair up, get in the Suburban and zoom back to catch the cat. It is a nice ride and hauls ass.
FYI: The cat operation (presumably including the 4-tract Suburban) is currently for sale. If interested contact San Juan Snowcats.