HAVE YOU READ what heli-skiing guide Paige Bell has to say about heli-skiing, about being whisked away from the crowds to untouched stashes of backcountry powder?

Flip back a few pages and read for yourself, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

The first time, she says, it’s all so new and exciting it’s hard to take in the full experience. The second time you savour it a bit more, understand the lay of the land, relax a little and begin to soak it all in. The third time you really start to get it — this spectacular feeling of being out there in the backcountry with endless, untouched snow before you. There is a quiet and a magical calm. You realize you’re somewhere special, doing something you’ll remember forever. Big powdery bowls, sub-alpine tree skiing, glittering glacier runs — all for you.

Even for seasoned guides, it never gets old.

Some of the popular heli-skiing areas around Whistler are Brandywine and Spearhead to the south and Mount Currie and Cayoosh to the north. Each has their own specific features to recommend them; all are breathtaking, with varied terrain.

Whistler has been in the business of heli-skiing for decades. Our guides know their stuff. They know where to find the good snow, they know where to keep you safe. There is big backcountry terrain out there and a vast world to explore.

Just beware: Skiing will be forever changed for you. When you think of Whistler, you’ll think of that deep, West Coast champagne powder in the backcountry — just you and your turns and that heavenly feeling of floating on earth.

The heli-skiing season runs from December to April. It’s generally recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers in good shape.

When 90 per cent of the world’s heli-skiing takes place in B.C., can you think of another reason not to do this while you’re here in Whistler?