[…Continued from Heli-skiing in Turkey]
Having said that, Turkey is a rather spectacular place to ski. Imagine if you would be all alone with a helicopter for a whole week in Zermatt or Chamonix after a snowstorm had left one meter of perfect snow – and that Chamonix or Zermatt had suddenly turned back to what it was 150 years ago. When we fly up or ski down we don’t see any trace of humans except for some barns low down which are only used in summer when the locals drive their animals up to graze. What we look at must be similar to what the early skiers a la Dr Payot saw when he skied the haute route in 1903 (one of the most famous and most coveted ski tours in the world, with fantastic scenery and exhilarating skiing from Chamonix to Zermatt over remote alpine passes, traversing glaciers and requiring a number of nights in mountain refuges). Only he didn’t have a helicopter to get an extreme experience (skiing 11k vertical in perfect powder is extreme) of empty big mountains.
I think the ideal skiing experience would be to combine heli and touring, and to stay in a nice mountain village with some life but it is difficult to get it all at the same time.
Back from Verbier – On to Turkey
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