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Season Pass for Heli-Skiing?

post #1 of 11
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I just pulled this article from Skipressworld.

All I want for Christmas is:

Season Pass for Heli-Skiing?

Powder Heaven, British Columbia (Ski Press)-OK, here’s where the dream officially starts coming true. Great Canadian Heli-Skiing is selling Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum season passes for heli-skiers, with the $100,000 Platinum pass garnering an entire season of faceshots and heli-lifts for the 2008-09 season.

According the Great Canadian Heli, “The PERSONAL season pass is for the person to whom heli-skiing is more lifestyle than vacation. Regardless of the tier chosen, pass holders will enjoy multiple heli skiing trips during a winter and unprecedented flexibility in their trip planning. With preferential pricing and more heli skiing days per winter than the average heli skier, Season Pass holders will experience the unique benefits of personal service that comes with belonging to an exclusive group of passionate powder skiers.”

The Personal Season Pass is also transferable in case there are others that you would like to give the ultimate ski experience. The Gold Pass is for 24 to 48 days of powder skiing, with a price tage between $35,000 and $70,000, with silver and bronze passes offering corresponding prices for less days. Great Canadian recommends that you “Make the winter of 2009 the ultimate ski-bumming season, with the purchase of a Personal Season Pass.”

Crisis, what crisis?
post #2 of 11
Actually sounds like a pretty good deal.

Roughly the price of a decent private college. Tell your kids to get a job and go to State, buy yourself a season pass on a helicopter.
post #3 of 11
Last season I was reading about a place in Alaska where you could get a lifetime pass for like $80,000. There where some limitations as to how many weeks per season you could use it, but for a youngster it seemed like a pretty good deal provided the operation stayed in business. I can't remember where I saw it, maybe someone on here might know.

JF
post #4 of 11
Maybe the Canadian Rockies get more Hele days than Co....My outfitter told me they are happy to get 25 days.....where it is not snowing or blowing.....such that the pilot did not fear flying to the peaks.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by I:)Skiing View Post
Maybe the Canadian Rockies get more Hele days than Co....My outfitter told me they are happy to get 25 days.....where it is not snowing or blowing.....such that the pilot did not fear flying to the peaks.
The interior of BC is custom-made for Heli, with vast tracts of undisturbed, deep-snow terrain.

I'm no weather expert, but I've never felt wind in the interior of BC, like I do here in CO.

My guess is that places like Mike Weilgli and CMH fly 90% of the days.

The platinum pass, for $100,000, may make sense if you're rich beyond belief. You could commit to skiing, say, 80 days, and enjoy the priority seating and special perks that go with the deal.

Consider a guy like Tom Cruise, who apparently loves to ski, and has unlimited cash. Why not?
post #6 of 11
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My guess is that places like Mike Weilgli and CMH fly 90% of the days.

I think you'd be wrong. They will tell you that they fly about 4 out of every 5 days but that doesn't mean they fly the whole day or make it to all their terrain. LAst year during Jan and Feb you were lucky to have flying weather 50-60% of the daylight hours. Even within that 50% of the available daylight hours they were restricted by cloud cover and only flying close to the lodge and at lower elevations to get in vertical feet to meet their guarantees.

That being said it's still worth every penny and nothing beats it
post #7 of 11
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A Season's Pass for cat-skiing is another idea.

An unlimited-use cat-pass for about $20K might work.

Some cat operations, like Island Lake Lodge in BC, include lodging, so their price would need to be higher.

Many cat operations, however, aren't hoteliers. If you secured private, local lodging, a season's cat-pass could be an attainable once-in-a-lifetime junket for "regular" folks.

I've tried Heli-skiing, and found it both wonderful, and gut-churning. The chopper frequently had difficulty landing on wind-buffeted peaks and cornices. The pilot need all 4 limbs, and intent focus, to get us down. Visibility was also an issue. Nerve-wracking.

I prefer relaxing cat-rides, with music, hot drinks, and leg-rest between runs.

Cats can also climb in bad weather.
post #8 of 11
interesting, considering it costs about 60K for a private heli for a week in AK... generally, anyway.

If I had a 100K to spend on helis, I'd sure as hell not buy a pass and limit myself to one mountain range.

100K could give one the world-tour of a lifetime. People who consider heli-skiing their lifestyle surely don't reside in one town.
post #9 of 11
Not to be the local cloud of darkness, but this particular year I'd want to have a look at an operator's balance sheet before I wrote that check at the front end of the season. I'm just sayin'...
post #10 of 11
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Not to be the local cloud of darkness, but this particular year I'd want to have a look at an operator's balance sheet before I wrote that check at the front end of the season. I'm just sayin'...
Agreed.

Based upon recent events, discretionary spending is already plummeting. This trend will likely affect heli-ski firms (along with Starbucks, designer clothing and new cars).

The truly wealthy won't miss a beat. They'll ride the Dow up and down with no lapse in life-style.

But, those reaching for the dream, over-extended and cash-light, could disappear in a heartbeat.

If that happens, some heli-operations may not see spring. Your $100,000 could be wiped-out in a bankruptcy petition.
post #11 of 11
The crew I went with (did not know anyone) was a dad and his two sons. Dad (one very cool dude) wanted to "create" a life memory for his 20+ yr old boys before they got married and had kids etc. They purchased three days. Our initial day was bumped, the second day was bumped, we flew the 3rd day....they had two more days to get in.....Hope they made it.

Point being....I know he paid full price, he told me. This guy could care less if the price was $20,000 or $50,000.
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