You can go paddleboarding in the alpine on this epic heli tour

Aug 28 2019, 10:19 am

Experiencing anything from a new perspective is exciting, but flying high above one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful places in the world takes the thrill to a whole new level.

We’re talking about escaping the bustle of the city and heading to the backcountry to experience the ultimate, private alpine picnic.

Departing from Whistler Heliport, Blackcomb Helicopters will take you soaring 2,000+ metres above mountainous landscapes, glaciers, and lakes. All you have to do is choose your adventure: heli hiking, heli fishing, heli yoga, heli golf (no joke), or a heli picnic.

We aren’t lying when we say this is going to be the ride of your life.

Within minutes of takeoff, the pilot begins to talk you through your surroundings. You’ll be speechless as you look out the window at the lush pine forests and lakes running through the valley below you.

Wondering where your private helicopter will land? Right in front of the glistening, glacial “Marriage Lake.”

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

From here, a certified, experienced, and professional from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) will take you on a short backcountry hike through sub-alpine terrain.

During the hike, you’ll learn about the area’s ecosystem and wildlife, hear local stories, and take in absolutely stunning vistas of the Pemberton Valley and beyond.

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Once you’ve taken in the stunning vistas, your guide will lead the way back down to the picnic area.

If you’ve chosen the paddleboard package from Blackcomb Helicopters, this is when you get to pick out a board and float across the still and peaceful Marriage Lake, taking in the beauty of the granite-coloured mountains (some still snowcapped) all around you.

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Go for a revitalizing dip in the water if you feel brave enough, or simply glide along embracing every moment. The experience will leave you wondering how paddleboarding anywhere else could ever compare.

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Back on land, prepare yourself for a delicious and perfectly presented gourmet lunch, catered by Portobello Whistler.

In Whistler Village, dining means sharing a restaurant with crowds of people; but in the alpine, you’ve got the most majestic terrain all to yourself for an adventure and dining experience that lasts two and a half hours.

Everything about this dining experience is elevated (naturally), with a wide selection of sweet and savoury options to suit everyone: charcuterie, salads, desserts, you name it. No detail is spared, and you can even bring along a bottle of your favourite wine if you want to toast to the alpine.

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Your scenic flight back to Whistler Heliport is equally as breathtaking. You don’t even have to worry about catching a cab when you get back to the base, because Blackcomb Helicopters offers a free return shuttle for up to 14 people.

This mesmerizing heli-picnic tour is only available during the summer months. And for that reason, you’ll need to book yours soon via Blackcomb Helicopters to avoid disappointment!

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Pricing for the experience is $1250 + GST for a group of two and $425 + GST for each additional person. Adding paddleboarding to the experience costs $70 per person and is only available on 2 pm departure tours.

Blackcomb Helicopters/Mirae Campbell

Get ready for the most unforgettable experience of the season! Visit Blackcomb Helicopters for more information.