Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled by, as he discovered only too late that it was patrolled by feral park rangers. Learn how a tour guide makes all the difference with today's Groupon: for $129, you get a 20-minute helicopter tour over the Rocky Mountains and one-hour snowshoe outing from Icefield Helicopter Tours in Clearwater County (a $259 value).
Icefield Helicopter Tours escorts explorers through the towering glaciers and breathtaking wilderness of the Rocky Mountains via airborne helicopter tours and picturesque snowshoe treks. After fastening headsets to noggins and sipping complementary coffee, tea, or water, pilots and patrons soar skyward from a 4,386-foot launch point and eventually hover nearly 9,000 feet above Lioness glacier and a 900-foot waterfall. Guides describe each majestic site and elk wedding in one of seven languages, such as English, Dutch, or Japanese, so all riders can comprehend the sites unfolding below them. Subsequent one-hour snowshoe journeys immerse partakers in snowy forestry as pilots lead them along such glacier fed streams and 40-foot waterfalls. Divergent paths accommodate various skill sets and experience levels, boasting locales suitable for beginners as well as clients well versed in traditional yeti waltzes. In addition to humans, Icefield Helicopter Tours invites obedient, leashed canine companions to accompany owners for free.
Rockies Heli Canada
Blades humming, the helicopter from Rockies Heli Canada rises up from the Kananaskis Base and soars away over the valley, crossing snow-capped mountains, rivers, and lakes. Rising to 9,500 feet, trips take tour-goers over breathtaking panoramas like Barrier Lake, Bow River, and Mt. Yamnuska. Passengers watch all of these views glide smoothly by, before landing for a one-hour wilderness exploration snowshoe. After an exhilarating trek through the forest, guests warm themselves with hot chocolate and Irish cream before flying away again to return to base.