So you’ve skied them all, you know your thrills and you think what else? Don’t take my word for it; heliskiing in Swedish Lapland need to be on your bucket list. Cold powder far into the season and even the option of trying it under the midnight sun. Here’s a taste of what you might expect.
Keen skiiers might dream of the career that never came to be – that as a ski bum, or even better: life as a professional guide in the mountains. But life and seriousness came along and all of a sudden the career is out of reach. And to be frank: even though they get some absolute magnificent skiing at the best spots in the world – the life of a mountain guide is hard work and serious business. Imagine being responsible for other peoples lives in unexplored territory and being able to do it in such toned-down fashion that they still keep their focus on their main objective: awesome fresh tracks. Me, I’m happy to be along for the ride while someone else focuses on safety and finding the best current snow conditions.
As the heli starts picking up speed, me and the others in the group relaxes a bit and starts enjoying the view. Amazingly in very short flying time, the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic. We started off at the ski-resort Björkliden with plenty of skiing above the tree limit.
And real mountains.
But this is something else. You look around in different directions and there are hardly any signs of civilisation. I know that we’re crossing reindeer grazing grounds – but during winter they’re never this far into the mountains. Our guide points our Sweden’s highest peak: Kebnekaise, and once again I can feel my adrenaline levels rising. Sure to say, right now I’m far more nervous about getting out of the helicopter on a peak than I am for the actual run that awaits.