Local Guide Runs Global Heli-Skiing Guiding Business
There’s skiing at a ski resort, and then there’s skiing miles and miles of untracked powder with your pals. That’s where heli-skiing guide Mark Rikkers comes in.
Rikkers, a long-time Telluride local and lead guide at Helitrax, runs his business Global Powder Stoke in partnership with a suite of personally vetted high-end operators around the world. While Telluride has a ski resort, it also has some amazing heli-skiing available. Helicopters are amazing tools in the mountains, allowing you to safely access pristine, untracked snow for the ultimate guided skiing experiences. For skiers and snowboarders of all levels, Telluride is a mecca.
Telluride is a special place on many levels. Living in Telluride offers adventurous people a direct gateway to new experiences, especially in the mountains. The ski area and surrounding backcountry are world class, and the town is homebase to Colorado’s premier helicopter ski operation, Telluride Helitrax. Helicopters are amazing tools in the mountains, allowing you to safely access pristine, untracked snow for the ultimate guided skiing experiences. For the uninitiated, the idea of heli-skiing can be intimidating; for the experienced, heli-skiing often becomes the focus of adventurous pursuits around the calendar and the globe.
When do you know if you’re ready for the next step? Skiers and snowboarders who can confidently take on single black diamond trails in powder and mixed conditions (like Bushwhacker at the Telluride Ski Resort) are good enough to go heli-skiing. Seasoned guides tailor terrain choices for a wide range of ability levels – you don’t need to be an extreme skier to experience the thrill of untouched powder skiing with no one else around. For those new to the sport, single-day experiences at an operation like Telluride Helitrax are the perfect way to become comfortable before committing to longer, lodge-based trips around the world.
With a focus on safety and all-inclusive packages, Rikkers works as a private guide and agent, coordinating a circuit of tailored odysseys for his guests in unforgettable locations. He believes these odysseys are unique opportunities for groups of families, friends and colleagues to connect and bond through thrilling experiences coupled with intimate lodge settings and luxurious services. In many locations, non-skiers are encouraged to join and take advantage of myriad other adventures and wellness activities offered on and near the stunning properties. To optimize the experiences, Rikkers highly recommends that guests thoughtfully choose a crew of people who are like-minded and have similar goals.