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Need to get somewhere…like a yoga class? Summon your chopper! You’re not pretentious. You’re practical.
Here are some words I hope you find comforting: You are not selling out on festival culture by taking a helicopter to EDC. There comes a time when we can all recognize that a glittery posterior stuck to the seat of a car in thousand-degree Vegas heat is not a necessary part of the experience. Likewise, heli-ubering to CES, flying a date to the base of the Grand Canyon, and now, choppering to yoga—are beginning to spell convenience over pretention.
This is the seventh year Maverick Helicopters is transporting festivalgoers to EDC, says vice president of marketing Bryan Kroten. “We’re moving 400 to 500 people a night,” he says. “Anyone can fly there via helicopter. Some groups charter it, but we also offer per-person packages, so you never know who you’ll be sitting next to.”
There are more helicopters in the Las Vegas market than anywhere else in the world, he says, which is making helicopter travel in the city a “mainstream” option. With the bulk of its flights taking visitors into the Grand Canyon (a two- ½ hour sunset trip from the Strip that lands for Champagne in the base of the canyon and returns over the city lights is only $574 per person), “to be able to do offshoots like heliyoga is just modernizing the experience,” he says. And let’s face it: There are some things you can only do by helicopter.
On a recent trip with Silent Savasana cofounder Dray Gardner for Maverick’s new HeliyogaLimitless flight, we flew over the Technicolor-hued Rainbow Vistas to land atop a perilous-looking mesa in Valley of Fire, where, with Gardner’s voice over headphones coaching us through a series of poses, we balanced over an endless, ancient view.
Inaccessible by any other form of travel, it’s as modern a perspective shift as you can get, and some would say a bargain.