By Greer Schott
Heli-skiing in Alaska can be epic, but so can the weather—there’s always the risk of being grounded. When you’re making the trek all the way to Alaska, the last thing you want is your adventure vacation to turn into a sit-in-the-lodge vacation.
That’s where EpicQuest’s new Ultimate Flex Package comes in. It’s like travelers insurance for skiers, and when you tack it on to your Girdwood, Alaska, heli-trip for a few hundred extra bucks, you’ll get guaranteed snowcat or Alyeska Resort skiing if your helicopter can’t take off. If bad conditions don’t let up, just try again next time–you get credit towards skiing on a re-scheduled trip at a later, hopefully calmer, date. It’s based on vertical, so you’ll be sure to get your 50,000 feet, now or later.
“Nobody’s ever thought of it this way before," says Chris Owens, EpicQuest vice president of operations. "We had to scratch our heads and ask ‘Are we crazy? Is this really the right thing to do?’ And the answer is, it is the right thing to do. “ Even so, “This kind of flexibility is unheard of in Alaska's heli-ski industry.”
And when you’re paying a few grand for the experience already, the flexibility is definitely worth the extra dough.
Need to Know: $5,250 for a 5 day heli ski package with Ultimate Flex add-on, http://www.epicquest.com/trips/snow/alaska/girdwood/
Photograph courtesy of EpicQuest
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