by David F. Peachin with photography by David F. Peachin and Ed Lord
Mar 1999, Vol. 3 No. 5
When the helicopter pilot pulls the rotary blades into lift-off pitch, those adrenaline glands begin pumping. Heli-skiing in a Eurocopter ASTAR-B1 helicopter in the San Juan mountains near Telluride, Colorado is the dream of every aggressive, intermediate skier. Skiing above the tree line in track powder alpine terrain at 12,000 feet, is not a sport for the masses.