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The 40-Year-Old Heli-Ski Virgin

Heliskiing is better done late than never!

BY LORI KNOWLES

It was the end of a long, cold, slow winter – the kind people whine about in my city. Snow piled high on side streets. Over-laden cars were plowed-in and unable to move. The sun seldom made an appearance, and when it did its intensity wasn't powerful enough to pierce the chill. Then the call came through: Would you like to try heli-skiing?

There was a single spot on a late-March expedition into British Columbia's South Chilcotin Mountains. TLH Heliskiing runs deep-powder excursions out of Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa. It's about 200 miles inland from Canada's feral west coast in a range of sharply tipped, effulgent white peaks too far from civilization for steady traffic – or any kind of traffic. I would be a lone, 40-something woman in a group of...who knew? It would be eight strangers, plus me, a heli-ski virgin.

My inclination was to refuse: fear of going too deep, fear of inadequacy, and fear of leaving my young family. But I said yes... yes because as a lifetime skier, I instinctively knew heli-skiing is a rite of passage – as is witnessing a Hahenkamm, skiing Highland Bowl at Aspen, or tasting the warmth and smoothness of a fondue cooked in caqquelon in France's Haute-Savoir region.

I was picked up in Whistler by a van full of strangers....

To continue reading, please click the following link: Snow Magazine Article Featuring TLH Heliskiing

Originally posted by Snow Magazine, January 2016.

Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016

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