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17000ft of vertical in Eastern British Columbia

Since hellaskiing is just what your Cali frat brothers always said when you asked what they planned to do once Steven's opened, opt instead for heliskiing at Silver Star, a sweet Victorian village-style destination in the Monashee Mountain range, just collaborating with pros at a company called Eagle Pass, presumably run by that football Doug Flutie threw in '84. Here's the lowdown on SS's new package:

What: You get six to eight runs (split between morning and afternoon sessions) on over 270k ski-able acres between 11k and 17k feet, in small groups led by guides who'll provide helicopter safety lessons, as well as beacon training, which usually just means pointing at a map between I-5 and Rainier Ave.

Where: Your twin-engine Bell 212 Helicopter takes off right from the winter village at this off-the-beaten-by-obnoxious-tourists-toward-Whistler-path resort that boasts 10 different hotels and more than a dozen restaurants and bars, including the Bulldog Grand Cafe, the Silver Grill, and a bakery called Bugaboos, where eating something delicious is your Destiny, Child.

Why: Because, if dropping in sans-lift isn't enough, they're hooking you up with a personal radio and specialty powder skis made popular by Sean Patrick Flanery in the 1995 film (or help modifying your snowboard), and filling your belly with a mountainside lunch and, once you're back in the village, "après ski snacks", which damn well better include at least 80yds of Flutie Flakes.