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Old 06-30-2011, 05:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a bit of advice on the best value place in the world for a heli boarding trip (1 week)

Group of three advanced riders, all heli boarded once before (one day) and about to hit 40, so a wee bit of money to spend and the desire to get it in before we get too fat to get up after a stack

We're coming from all over (Scotland, Oman and Singapore) so there's no ideal destination in terms of travel, reason I'm putting it out there as a 'world' question. I've looked a wee bit already and some of the best value seems to be in the 'Stan's (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some of the US stuff seems a bit mental price wise.

Please hit me with any suggestions, happy to go research myself, just after ideas, it's a big expense and something we'll probably never do again (Least for a week) so wanna make it a special one.

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Old 06-30-2011, 07:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For a trip of a lifetime like this first place id be looking is Alaska the backwards from there.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For a trip of a lifetime like this first place id be looking is Alaska the backwards from there.
Had a look there already, but prices I'm seeing are around the $7000 mark. I've seen trips in for less than half of that in the stan's, or volcanos in the far east of russia in old military helicopters. If you know somewhere there that's reasonable I'd be all over it.
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I would personally look into the heli operations out of Mentone, Alabama. Most people do not know of this place, but it looks pretty legit. Terrain is pretty sick too.

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For half the price you get an old Russian Helicopter. So you spend $3500 on a helicopter that has 20X the chance of going down? I'd bet if that happened on your trip, at that moment you'd be willing to pay $24,000 to be riding in a newer helicopter in Alaska...
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For half the price you get an old Russian Helicopter. So you spend $3500 on a helicopter that has 20X the chance of going down? I'd bet if that happened on your trip, at that moment you'd be willing to pay $24,000 to be riding in a newer helicopter in Alaska...
That's what I was thinking. If I'm flying, I don't want it to be on some decrepit old piece of shit.
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I would personally look into the heli operations out of Mentone, Alabama. Most people do not know of this place, but it looks pretty legit. Terrain is pretty sick too.

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Guys,
Looking for a bit of advice on the best value place in the world for a heli boarding trip (1 week)
We're coming from all over (Scotland, Oman and Singapore) so there's no ideal destination in terms of travel, reason I'm putting it out there as a 'world' question. I've looked a wee bit already and some of the best value seems to be in the 'Stan's (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some of the US stuff seems a bit mental price wise.
Please hit me with any suggestions, happy to go research myself, just after ideas, it's a big expense and something we'll probably never do again (Least for a week) so wanna make it a special one.
Cheers.
Try NZ. Your dollar will go far, the helicopters are safe, they speak english (better than americans) and the riding is just about on par with any where else. There are numerous companies in the South Island that run heliskiing, and you'd be able to do a trip through various south island districts over the period of a week using different chopper companies (watch Thats it thats all for some of the typical NZ scenery...you'll be blown away)

Still, the 'stans....i have heard that the riding is as good as anywhere else, plus you get to go to a place that not many people can say they've holidayed at, and get a look into a very different culture. I heard that you can actually do Mule Skiing there...and some of the packages actually come with your own armed guard for alot less than the cost of a pesky helicopter.
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Still, the 'stans....i have heard that the riding is as good as anywhere else, plus you get to go to a place that not many people can say they've holidayed at, and get a look into a very different culture. I heard that you can actually do Mule Skiing there...and some of the packages actually come with your own armed guard for alot less than the cost of a pesky helicopter.
I saw some guys doing that in a video, semi-mainstream one (Warren Miller maybe?).
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I would love to ride NZ, the stans or Alaska.... I would pick the cheapest trip of the three given the choice.... I am all about experience. The rugged, rural aspect of the stans or russia would be incredible...
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