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The Best Heli-Skiing in the Lower 48


I took a trip just south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently with High Mountain Heli Skiing. The day kicked off in town with introductions to the guides, an overview of safety rules for the Bell 407, avalanche safety, and transceiveruse. Once in the air, it was only a few minutes before we hit pure winter. Our guide and HMH owner Jon Schick has been heli-skiing in the area since 1974, so he knew where to find blower snow without wasting any time. All day long, we dropped into run after run of poofy trees, soft chutes, and wide open bowls. A perfect, unbelievable, bluebird powder day, topped off with a ride back up along the Teton Range to the heli-landing pad in Teton Village, where a few cocktails were definitely in order at the Mangy Moose.

Want to have your own heli-skiing adventure? Check out my choices for the best heli-skiing companies in the lower 48:

High Mountain Heli-Skiing, Jackson, Wyoming; heliskijackson.com

Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience, Lamoille, Nevada; helicopterskiing.com

Silverton Mountain Heli-Skiing, Silverton, Colorado; silvertonmountain.com

Telluride Helitrax, Telluride, Colorado; helitrax.com

North Casade Heli, Mazama, Washington; heli-ski.com

Powderbird, Snowbird, Utah; powderbird.com

EpicQuest, Sun Valley, Idaho; epicquest.com

--Brigid Mander

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