My wife & I purchased a Whistler back-country tour through Sea to Sky Air back in April to surprise our teenaged son for his birthday in May. Our 1st booking had to be postponed due to inclement weather (June in Vancouver this year was the coldest, wettest and least amount of sun since weather records have been kept!), as were our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th bookings...
Finally, we saw that the weather looked good for August 25th, called Sea to Sky Air, and we reserved for the 10AM slot. Our drive to Squamish from Vancouver is beautiful, but we had no idea how much more beautiful our vistas would be from the sky.
We arrived at the Squamish airport, easily found off Hwy 99, with signage aplenty. Ample parking and close to the plane, we turned off the car and explained what was about to happen to our perplexed teen.
We met a few of the guys I had been speaking with through all the bookings and subsequent postponements, and it was sorted out that Peter would be our pilot & tour guide. First Peter did a walkabout around the 4 seat plane that would be flying us around shortly, explaining important facts about air drag, etc, and other important and interesting facts.
The parental units got in to the back seat, (perfect for canoodling,) while Peter and our son jumped in to the front seats. Peter was excellent at explaining the pre-flight routine to his newest co-pilot, who still had a bit of that "deer lost in the headlight" look with what was transpiring.
Soon we were up in the air, my first amazement was how quickly responsive the plane was to both the pilot's deft hand, and the outside weather, but not in anyway concerned for our safety. Peter then handed over the piloting to our son. As mentioned, our son is a teenager, tough to impress, but this experience was a 100% hit! As with past reviewers, we were blown away with the beauty all around us.
My son & I are season's pass-holders at Whistler, so this was a great way for us to show Mom, and from such a fabulous position, where we ski on Whistler/Blackcomb. Very cool to see the runs, albeit with no snow on them, where we rip it up all winter.
We saw glacier fed lakes, an ice glacier, even an avalanche materialized before our eyes, all we kept saying was "WOW"!
Suffice it to say, we recommend Sea to Sky Air to any and all! The professionalism and friendliness of the guys at this small company was perfect for us.
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4 September 2012
Thanks for the review! Your luck with the weather has become pretty famous around the office, so we were ecstatic when you were finally able to get up in the air.
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Pete loves teaching people about flying, so it was especially great for him to be able to take your son up for his first time in the pilot's seat. And as you said, whether your flying up front, or taking it all in from the backseats, the views are enough to keep anyone in a constant state of awe. Maybe come the winter time we can show mom what the Whistler runs look like when they're covered in snow!
It was truly a pleasure flying with you and your family, and we hope to see you again in the future (and hopefully get you up on your first booking!)
The STSA Crew
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