A new Revelstoke heliski outfit serves up virgin slopes in a 600-square-mile domain.
The chopper thumps up Victor Creek and lands on a ridge somewhere above Revelstoke, British Columbia. Eagle Pass Heliskiing guide Norm Winter exits into the Crayola-blue Monashee morning. Winter—who has the sky-matching blue eyes that all mountain guides seem to share, deep-set in a face that's all angles—skis down to timberline, then stops to dig a snowpit and gauge avalanche conditions. Satisfied, he clicks into his bindings.
Just above Telluride as the crow flies, an eight-mile gravel road winds through aspen and spruce groves, ascending into blissful Rocky Mountain solitude. Tucked snugly in its own valley at the end of that road is Dunton Hot Springs Resort.
If you buried your savings in the backyard instead of the stock market, this may be the spring to finally go off the beaten piste. There are three basic ways to pursue the untracked: Splurge on a week-long heli trip, complete with all the bells and whistl