Luxury Package Brings Heli-Skiing to the Vacation Villa

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Resorts West and Wasatch Powderbird Guides announce heli-ski package with on-site lift-off

Luxury vacation rental provider Resorts West, in partnership with Wasatch Powderbird Guides, today announced a helicopter ski package that pairs lavish accommodations with a private heli-ski tour, complete with on-site lift-off from select vacation homes.

The Helicopter Dreams Package starts with seven nights’ lodging at a 6- or 7-bedroom ski home and a private two-hour heli-ski tour for up to eight guests. The heli-ski tour, open to skiers and snowboarders, is customized to the group’s experience and ability. Up to four guests may ride in one helicopter, and up to eight guests may ski or ride together as a group. Groups of eight ski with two expert guides.

Utah’s backcountry offers some of the world’s most renowned powder skiing thanks to the proximity of the Wasatch Mountains to the Great Salt Lake. Although Powderbird strongly advises that guests are comfortable skiing in powder conditions before heli-skiing, lead guide Mike Olson says that experience in the backcountry or on extreme terrain isn’t always necessary.

“We take people out on all kinds of terrain,” said Olson, an industry veteran of more than 25 years. “Obviously, the more comfortable guests are in powder, the more enjoyable their experience will be.” Guests should also be comfortable with kick turning, traversing and controlling their speed in a variety of snow conditions. An online self-readiness test is available at powderbird.com/adventures/skier-ability.

After a day of first tracks and fresh powder, guests enjoy a gourmet meal provided by Powderbird at the helipad. A 60-minute deep-tissue massage is later performed in the guests’ home by En’ Suite Spa. The Helicopter Dreams Package also includes four days of lift-served skiing or snowboarding at Canyons Resort for eight adults complete with equipment rentals.

“We are always looking for ways to take a luxury experience and elevate it even further,” says Joe Ballstaedt, CEO of Resorts West. “Combining the seclusion of heli-skiing with our luxury serviced homes creates that truly exclusive experience that our guests are always seeking.”

Each vacation home featured in this package offers more than 10,000 square feet of living space, a projector screen theater with recliner seating, gourmet kitchen, hot tub, sauna, ski locker room and private fitness center. All guests of Resorts West receive a Private Concierge, complimentary shuttle service and daily housekeeping with the option to add a private chef, personal trainer, spa treatments, grocery stocking and luggage shipment.

Resorts West’s exclusive Helicopter Dreams Package is open for the 2011-2012 ski season starting at $135,144, or $16,893 per person based on eight people who heli-ski. Price reflects total without taxes, fees or tips; services are reserved separately from accommodations. This package is based on availability and restrictions may apply. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Please contact info(at)resortswest(dot)com or call 1-877-773-1117 for details.
Homes available through this package include Peak 72 and Alpine Sanctuary for on-site lift off. Other Canyons and Park City area properties are available in 3- to 6-bedroom configurations with complimentary shuttle service to lift-off at the Canyons Resort base.

About Resorts West

Since 1999, Resorts West has led the luxury accommodations niche at each of Park City’s three world-class ski resorts, setting the standard of excellence with unparalleled service and luxury properties. Resorts West’s elite vacation rental properties range from 2-bedroom slope-side condos to 8-bedroom private villas, each offering private concierge service and daily housekeeping. Resorts West also exclusively manages the Resorts West Ski Dream Home at Deer Valley Resort. For more information please visit http://www.resortswest.com.

About Powderbird

Wasatch PowderbirdTM Guides was born in 1973 when a few ski professionals began taking adventurous travelers on heli-ski trips to the backcountry of Utah's majestic mountains. Today, Powderbird is headquartered in a state-of-the-art heliport at Snowbird Ski and Mountain Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, with additional operations out of Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. Powderbird also offers heli-ski excursions in Greenland, Argentina, Chile, Turkey, Japan – and just about anywhere that spectacular peaks are begging to be carved. Enjoy the best heli-skiing in the world plus the finest regional cuisine, luxury accommodations, and indigenous cultures with Powderbird. For more information, visit http://www.powderbird.com.

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