Is Heli-Biking a real option for normal people?

In movies like UnReal by Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films, pro mountain bikers get picked up and dropped off at the top of the mountain by helicopters.  The idea of heli-assisted mountain biking or heli biking seems more like a fantasy than reality.  The next question that comes to mind is “Don’t you have to be really good or extreme to even consider this?” You will be surprised to find out the answer to that question is no…in fact, there are now a few operations providing this service in North America for everyday bikers.

Heli Biking – A Real Option for Normal Folks

Selkirk Tangiers and Revelstoke Mountain

View from Mt Cartier - Photo By: Ryan Van Veen
Amazing views of Mount Begbie and Upper Arrow Lake along the the trail on Mount Cartier – Photo By: Ryan Van Veen

Revelstoke is always at the forefront of pushing what is possible from an extreme sports perspective.  Home to some of the best mountain biking on the planet and awesome access to the backcountry this is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Back in 2015 Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing and Revelstoke Mountain Resort got approved to provide heli biking.  For only $345 they will drop you off at the summit of Mt. Cartier.  The views are simply spectacular and the run down is 7,000 feet to the valley floor.  A guaranteed epic ride!

Whistler and Rainbow Drop

Image taken by Ferbyshellbourne John Droppin' In on Rainbow Mountain.
Image taken by Ferbyshellbourne John Droppin’ In on Rainbow Mountain.

Whistler is home to one of the best mountain bike parks around.  It should come as no surprise that this hub provides heli-biking as well.  Dropped off at the top of Rainbow Mountain you will have the opportunity to ride by a glacier, traverse alpine meadows, and finally dive back into the deep forests in the valley.  For around $325, the companies listed below provide service.

Fat Tyre Adventures LTD in New Zealand

Image Courtesy: Fat Tyre Heli Biking NZ Photo by: Greg McIntyre
Image Courtesy: Fat Tyre Heli Biking NZ Photo by: Greg McIntyre

If traveling to Canada isn’t exotic enough you can always head down south to New Zealand.  The options available by Fat Tyre in Queenstown can cater to any option.  With access to over five mountain ranges Fat Tyre is the king of heli-assisted mountain biking and can provide single to double drops in a day or multi-day tours.

From Whistler to Revelstoke to New Zealand these are just a few of the options available to check off a bucket list item.  Can you think of another location that we should include?  Have you done one of these and was it worth the money?  If this isn’t on your bucket list what is?  We want to know!


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