You drool over the movies, but wonder if heliskiing is only for extreme athletes. RK Heliski’s Lauren Brudenell replies: “If you can get down a black run, you’re good to go.” Expect:
- RK Heliski equips you with custom fat skis (or snowboard) specially built to turn easy and float atop powder.
- Groups are based on ability. Intermediates ski gentler slopes, while advanced skiers tackle more challenging runs.
- Guides give practical instruction on deep snow techniques.
- To effect graceful powder turns, keep your weight centred on both skis equally, exaggerate knee compressions and allow turns to take their own sweet time to complete. My best mountain memories are of powder slopes skied well.—JN