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Columbia Ice Field Helicopter Ride

posted Sep 2, 2012, 6:58 PM by Michael Schwarz   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 2:04 AM ]
The Columbia Icefield is so big that when we saw an ad to tour it by helicopter we decided to go for it.  Neither of us had been in a helicopter before so that made the adventure even better.  We would be flying at 12,500 feet looking down at peaks that are 11 and 12,000 feet, the miles of icefield and the many glaciers it feeds. Can't wait.

Here's our ride

Off we go! The ride was surprisingly smooth (and noisy).
There's our co-pilot


Alpine lake and waterfall

Glacier (lots of them)

We were flying along and suddenly the earth seemed to open under our feet. We come out over a cliff that dropped 4,000 feet to the road below. Yowser!!

The Icefield Parkway

See the moon?

And the sun shining

Mountains as far as the eye can see in every direction.

Look at that alpine lake and the reflection of the mountain. Awesome

I didn't get the camera out fast enough but a big hunk of glacier fell off and down the mountain

Look at that "U". And then we flew thru it. Plenty of room. It's a lot bigger across than you think.

Time to go back.

Ahhhhhh . . . Cocktails await.