Heli-biking has become all the rage in the bike community, and thanks to Whisper Ridge in Utah, the trend has made its way to the U.S. The resort, just outside of Salt Lake City, is better known for its 70,000 acres of backcountry terrain. Now they’re upping their game by incorporating that same land for mountain biking. Their ultimate goal is to become North America’s premier heli-biking outfitter.
This summer, they’ll be offering a “Summer Heli Passport” that starts at $166, and if you don’t cash in on the pass a normal heli drop starts at $200. Once loaded into their aerial shuttle, riders are quickly whisked up to the top of the Limber Pine trail. It’s a 5.5-mile downhill singletrack that weaves 2,300 feet down through a tacky and loamy overgrowth forest that only sees about 60 guest per day. If you’re a fan of type II fun, don’t worry—you can still go full enduro and pedal back to the helipad. And if you want to make it an all-day adventure, you don’t even need to leave the mountain. They’ve got yurts available to book as well.
The program is still in its infancy, but already the resort is hoping to grow. Right now they’re in the process of expanding their riding, with a new trail in the works.