Take A Helicopter To Ski Where (Mostly) No One Has Skied Before
Adventure sports company Canadian Mountain Holidays is already taking reservations for their winter packages, with a Canadian heli-skiing vacation scheduled for March 13-20. To save you the trip over to Wikipedia, heli-skiiing is when you crave downhill isolation so much that you actually book a helicopter to take you into a remote mountain region. The Tour D'Adamants vacation package - guided by TV sports commentator Bob Roll and Tour de France competitor Ron Kiefel and presumably part of the company's Powder Masters program - revolves around a stay in the isolated Adamant Lodge.
The vacation sounds awesome even before you begin to muse about the near-total lack of other humans, at which point it becomes exquisite. The price tag is where things begin to get a little problematic for us: $10,100 per person. So while we've been known to argue that remote vacations are literally invaluable, we find ourselves having to revise that number downward to mostly invaluable.
The destination is undeniably isolated, buried where four alpine valleys meet in the Selkirks. It's surrounded by mountains and glaciers and pretty much screams "I don't want to be bothered." Base elevation is 955m and goes as high as 3100m, with almost 200 separate runs. Suffice to say there's a legal waiver involved in the trip, and it's comprehensive.
As far as facilities go, there's standard wi-fi in rooms and internet-enabled workstations, presumably so you can Twitter all the people you've paid so much to get away from. Food is gourmet level and served family style, alongside the rest of the lodge's occupants. Whirlpools, saunas, massages, etc are all available for after ski outings, as is a climbing wall if incredibly awesome skiing is insufficient to satiate your adventure sports appetite.
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