Even if you forget the skiing/snow boarding - there's something exciting about being flown to the top of a mountain and jumping out of a chopper!
The only word for the snow boarding itself was "Awesome": fresh tracks in the powder all day! There had been fresh snow recently, so the depth ranged from half a metre to seriously deep, and we had sunshine all day.
The flight in over the mountains and glaciers gave us some great views, which the video does not do justice to. I particularly loved flying between the mountain peaks that seemed just a few metres apart on occasion. Some of the other participants weren't so keen on the helicopter part: Jani's face in chopper - she was visibly scared! And the guy opposite me on the penultimate run said "I don't travel well backwards" (I thought: "now you tell me!").
The snow base was deep. To check an area is okay for the chopper to land on, the guide put probes down 3 metres - and found nothing but snow! That means the trees that poked half a metre above the snow were actually at least 3.5 metres tall.
It was a perfect blue sky, and a fresh powder day. One of the skiers, Jani, captured it perfectly: "Don't be confused, this is not a picture from a magazine"!
We all had training on off-piste skiing, mountain rescue (in case of avalanche), and a helicopter orientation. The key thing was to keep your head down when going under the rotor blades - I was particularly worried about my Go-Pro that sticks up several inches above my helmet!
I mentioned to one group that being dropped off on the top of a mountain made me feel like Prof Brian Cox ... but all the other guests were Canadian, so they had no idea what I meant. Then another group - also Canadians - said "hey, we're all like that professor on the BBC!"
After lunch, the guide suggested that he and I do a run together, just the two of us. It was challenging, but fun. When we stopped on a flat bit, I said "I guess this is where I have to start walking?". But he had other ideas - he simply radioed the chopper! He told me where to stand - about 3 metres away, and we crouched down - within a few minutes the helicopter was landing right between us - with only inches to spare.
The whole experience was absolutely incredible.