(Last Updated On: September 30, 2011)
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Cat Skiing vs. Heli-Skiing: Argentinean Adventures
Two years ago, on an Argentinean ski adventure at Las Lenas Ski Resort, my trip coincided with the Oakley Ski Team.
The Oakley team was filming a promotional video with an all-star cast: Simon Dumont, Seth Morrison, Mark Lassater and others. Imagine my excitement when a few friends and I found ourselves exchanging jokes and learning about the finer points of Cat Skiing vs. Heli Skiing from Oakley’s pros.
Their thoughts, paired with research on FindTheBest, gave me some top-notch insight:
Cat skiing is popular backcountry alternative to heli-skiing. The snowcat’s ability to traverse mountainous terrain in nearly any kind of weather, especially when helicopters are unable to take-off, is its main advantage.
On average, cat-skiers can reach 1,500 to 13,250 feet of elevation and can complete about 12.47 runs in a day, conditions and ability permitting. If you’re not an Oakley sponsored skier, and price is of concern, this is typically a cheaper way to get your kicks.
Here is a list of the best Cat-Skiing operators across the globe, if you know one that is not on this list, please add… http://cat-skiing.findthebest.com/
Heli-skiing is when helicopter operators drop skiers at very high alpine locations, often inaccessible any other way. On average, heli-skiing will land you anywhere from 1,100 to 36,000 feet of elevation. The potential elevation is much higher than a snowcat’s, though the average (13,359) elevation for both is about the same.
On average, a heli-skier will get about 6 runs in for the day depending on ability. But, the guys warned me that skiers should understand that the risk involved with heli-skiing is greater.
The best Heli-skiing operators across the globe are listed here, add your favorites: http://heli-skiing.findthebest.com/
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