Helicopter-hiking, fishing in Whistler, B.C.

May 5, 2004
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Helicopter-hiking, fishing in Whistler, B.C.
Question: I want to know about heli-hiking around Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, that is taking a helicopter ride to a glacier and hiking around. Do you know of any companies that provide this service? Also, I want to know the names of some places to rent mountain bikes in Whistler.

Joy Vance
Watsonville, CA
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: Blackcomb Helicopters (800-330-4354) will tell you everything you need to know about heli-hiking in British Columbia. The company operates out of Whistler and will customize a trip to fit your itinerary.

If you want to do some heli-fishing along with your heli-hiking, the company to call is Whistler Backcountry Adventures (604-932-3474). They will fly you to a pristine alpine lake, provide you with float tubes, waders, and fishing gear, and top it off with a backwoods gourmet lunch. The trip generally takes 10 hours and costs anywhere from $350 to $500.

For bike rentals, call Whistler Backroads (604-932-3111). The company, located in the gondola building in the center of Whistler, has the largest supply of high-end front- and dual-suspension bikes in the village. A basic front-suspension bike costs $8 per hour or $35 per day.

If you're a morning person, consider renting a bike at 6 p.m. before the shop closes and returning it at 9 a.m. the next morning when the shop opens. You'll get at least seven hours of good riding for only $17. The shop also has comprehensive maps of Whistler Mountain and the surrounding wilderness for $2.95 per trail or $13.95 for a map of all the trails.

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