Ski, Stay and Soar: Q&A Wednesday with Pilot Claudio Bellotto


At Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort we are proud to offer a truly unique ski and snowboard experience. We're also proud to offer a one-of-a-kind lodging package that takes ski and stay packages to another level. 

What am I talking about exactly? This season Sierra Resort is proud to partner with Forest Suites, Inn by the Lake, and Reno-Tahoe Helicopter. The ultimate Tahoe package gets you two days of skiing/riding at Sierra Resort, a two night stay, and two twenty minute helicopter rides (yes, helicopter rides!!!) for ONLY $265 per person. See exactly what you skied from the air or tour around Lake Tahoe. 


Claudio Bellotto is the founder of Reno Tahoe Helicopters and took a few minutes to talk to us about his helicopter operation, celebrities, and what makes flying above "big blue" and the surrounding mountains so special. 


The Italian himself, Claudio Bellotto


How long have you been flying helicopters? 


I've been flying for a total of 12 years and 7 of those years have been in the Lake Tahoe region.  


What is your favorite flight in the Lake Tahoe area? 


I love the Waterfall Tour. It's a breathtaking tour. It includes great views of Emerald Bay, Eagle Falls, Cascade Falls, Fallen Leaf and Echo Lake. Plus, it finishes up with a great view of Horsetail Falls. It is beautiful! 


What kind of helicopters do you have? 


We have a Robinson R44 and newly acquired Bell 206 Long Ranger L 4 which is specifically designed for high altitude operation. They are two great helicopters. 


Who has been your most famous client? 


Larry Page, one of the founders of Google took a tour. I think he is pretty famous (laughs).


Any good helicopter jokes? 


Yes, I have two. We joke around here that helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission (laughs). The other one is, Reno-Tahoe Helicopter company policy is to keep the number of take offs and landings equal (more laughs).


Waterfall Tour Teaser from Reno-Tahoe Helicopters on Vimeo.

Winter or summer rides? 

They are both great but, winter scenery is more dramatic. The winter view is so clear and offers such a unforgettable view of the Sierra Nevada mountains. 


In one sentence why would you tell someone to take a ride? 


Flying in a helicopter is unforgettable, it gives you a perspective of the lake and its surroundings that you've never seen before, even if you've lived here your whole life. It's truly a magical experience. 


...It is a magical experience (Claudio said so) that you won't want to miss. Book your Ski, Stay, and Soar package today!