In an unprecedented end-of-season move, Alaska Heliskiing in Haines, Alaska, has partnered up with Expedition Broker & Lockheed Martin to begin the first Blimp-accessed ski and snowboard operation. “We’re always trying to stay a step ahead of the competition and Expedition Broker has been leading the hot-air market for years now,” reported Ryan Johnson, co-owner of Alaska Heliskiing, “so we see it as a no-brainer.”
“Helicopters have always been so darn contentious in Haines,” stated Greg Schlachter, owner of Expedition Broker. “Who doesn’t like a zeppelin? I mean even their names are fun, whether you call them blimps or dirigeables.”
Brad Ryan, interim Haines Borough Manager mentioned “I think this will be a win-win for both residents and the industry and possibly lead to expanded summer tourism.”
After reaching out to a few industry leaders to get input, Canadian Mountain Holiday corrected Alaska Heliskiing that they are not the first to offer airship-access skiing. “Our founder did a couple first descents in the Bugaboos aboard the Hindenburg prior to its accident in Jersey,” claimed a CMH representative.
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