The sit-on-your-ass part of the holidays is over, buddy.
Now it’s time to send it.
Just launched, Heli gathers a bevy of adventure-travel operators under one hub, making the world’s best surf and ski excursions bookable in just a few clicks.
As for where to being? We dialed Brandon Darnton at Heli for five of his favorite picks.
CMH Adamants Lodge
Located deep in the northern Selkirks (near Calgary), this heli-access lodge sits at the center of three pristine valleys and serves up a mix of perfectly spaced trees, wide-open glaciers and big alpine bowls.
Shiro Experience, Japan Powder Tour
Ride deep powder and experience the authentic Japanese culture in Myoko. It’s a total of eight days of skiing -- including two days of ski-touring, where you'll earn your turns on the volcano Mt. Myoko, one day of Cat-skiing, one day of sidecountry guiding in the powder Mecca of Seki Onsen, and four days road-tripping resorts with a private van and sidecountry guide to ski the best snow. Overall, it’s nine nights in traditional Japanese hotels with access to Onsen (a Japanese hot-spring bath).
Wind Voyager Cartouche
Kitesurf from the one of the largest catamarans in the world. Cartouche is a custom built 95' sailing catamaran built to be the ultimate floating water-sports resort. Featuring two full-time kitesurfing instructors on board (and all the gear you’ll ever need), Cartouche hosts up to eight guests and features two bars, spacious sun lounging and fly bridge seating, a Jacuzzi and a large dining/lounge area with an outdoor cinema.
Rise Up Surf Retreat
This seven-day adventure is made for experienced surfers who want to spend as much time as humanly possible surfing Northern Nicaragua’s best breaks. From the guesthouse at Punta Aposentillo, take in expansive views from the cliff-top perch overlooking a bay with gentle surf. The property boasts a second secluded beach that is home to some of Nicaragua’s sweetest waves, including the world-class beach break “The Boom.”
Kite Buen Hombre, Dominican Republic
With deals starting at $1400, this might be a good place to start your adventures. Here, you’re getting 12 hours of kiteboarding instruction (with six hours of additional supervision and unlimited additional practice with the gear). Four nights -- food and beach assistance included -- in a rustic, beach bungalow. Bonfires, snorkeling and morning dives optional.