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Why Skiing makes you Happy

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Skiers now have a valid excuse to book that epic heli-skiing holiday – it’s officially good for our health!

Researchers claim the pleasure gained from a skiing holiday is enough to improve a person’s overall happiness – even if they only get to the mountains occasionally! So now is the time to solidify that happiness in your life by booking your heli-ski vacation for next season!

Engagement is defined as the manner in which you lose yourself in an activity, and are almost oblivious of all else around you. Therefore, the skiers and boarders who get the most benefits are those who get “into the flow” meaning they focus on their skiing and forget everything else in their lives while on the slopes. So by booking now you get to enjoy the anticipation and motivation of getting in shape, and when you join us next season you reap the benefits of becoming engaged. Furthermore, it’s been proven on various occasions that adult playfulness can influence people’s happiness, while socially convening around a sporting activity such as skiing has positive psychological outcomes and contributes to overall well-being, sweet! I always knew those mountains at my doorstep were more than just a pretty sight.

Besides the mental euphoria that skiing elicits there are the obvious physical benefits attached too. You can burn upwards of 3000 calories a day skiing! There are three prominent health benefits associated with skiing and snowboarding which every person at every ability experiences:

1)    Tones your stomach muscles – who doesn’t love abs?

2)    Improves your cardiovascular system – i.e. your stamina

3)    Helps you lose weight

So in other words, if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding don’t deny yourself the “health benefits” and get out and do it! And yes, I am aware that this is simply a way to justify all those hours and paychecks spent on mountaintops, that said I’m sure you all will agree!

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Snowboarder shredding amazing video perspective

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Prepare yourself for an Awesome snowboarding video!

What do you get when you combine an awesome snowboarding guest that has a passion for video production and chest deep powder?

The answer is a fantastic video created from a very talented shredder. Our recent guest has an amazing ability to hold a pole mounted camera very still as makes his way down through glades, burnt forests, pillows, and all types of unique BC terrain. This shout out goes to Jim, a world class snowboarder that has given us some great footage!

So what do you expect when you click the play button? Just some jaw dropping great turns with incredible faceshots! The scenery is awesome and the riding is just great!

Follow your ski dreams. Live like “Harry the dreamer.”

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Many of our guests are dreamers… they have answered the beckoning call of powder in hopes to ski that “perfect run,” and some even make a lifestyle out of it! Out of those whom have pursued that dream for their entire lives, there is one that stands out as a legend:

“Harry…the dreamer”

Before he had even arrived at the Heather Mountain Lodge, whispers of his name echoed through the halls.  Like an old Clint Eastwood movie where Clint was about to arrive in small village, guests and staff acted the same way as the villagers in the bar and the passed stories of “Harry,”  from one to the other.

It was fitting when he finally arrived this year, that he matched his description of a “ski bum unlike many other.” His relaxed demeanor and gregarious personality immediately draw you in and you can see why he has left a trail of great relationships with other skiers and the staff during his travels.  Now, it will come as a real shock to most, but “Harry,” is a name that was bestowed upon him by his fellow ski peers, his actual name is “Al.”

When I asked how he ended up getting named “Harry,” he went onto explain that he was named after “Harry the dreamer, from an old Greg stump ski movie about a guy who’s life is extremely boring…that left for out west to live a dream life.” This astounded me because it reminded me of many ski hero epic tales where the skier must leave all they had ever known to experience the true delights of deep snow.  So how did this all start?  And who named him this in the first place?

He told me “in the movie (Harry) is a bald headed guy that sleeps on a mattress on the floor and dreams about skiing all night long.  He eventually goes off and lives out all of his dreams after he abruptly leaves the life he is currently living.”

Al surprised me when he said that “he had named someone else in his ski group “Harry the dreamer.” Over the course of a few years,  the group started to call its members “Harry the dreamer.”   At one point in time, there was over 40 people that called themselves Harry the dreamer.   As the years passed on and the skiers slowly left the group, he was eventually bestowed the name that he had given another.  In a weird cycle of events, he had become the ski hero from that movie incarnate.  Al had left the east to go out west and become a resident of  Salt Lake city, and he has been an Alta season pass holder for 32 years.  His whole journey had started with a feature of many great stories, the catalyst that changed the course of his entire life; his fantastic wife “Sally.”  His world changed when Sally accepted Harry’s invitation to go out west in a van with him and his dog.

How does he thank her for urging him to follow his dreams which involve skiing our great tenure?  He always sends home great photos based on the theme of “When Harry met Sally.” This year “Cathy, ” one of our great helicopter pilots from Coldstream Helicopters, took some skiis and with the help of the guides, made them into swords.  The theme this year involved “Sally” being one sword and “Hairy” being the other.”    The swords made their way to the top of the mountain and made for an epic photo shoot.   They were also used to saber some delicious champagne to celebrate!

When asked for words of wisdom…. “Harry” simply replied: “Stay focused on what you want and you will get it.”

Why does Harry come here? “The whole package, the culture and because it is on one hand very professional and on the other hand very personal.”

Thank you Harry!

 

Pirates on a ski day

Helicopter video perspective of heli skiing

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Sometimes, when everything just comes together, magic happens… Or it did the day that this video was taken from a helicopter looking downwards at some UK skiers as they journey down a run called “Miss Intensity.”

We are tremendously fortunate to have great helicopter pilots that work with us through Coldstream helicopters.  Their flying skills get our guests and guides to their locations safely all across our large tenure just outside of Golden BC.  On this day in particular, we had perfect skies and great skiing, and “Mike,” the pilot, decided to follow along and take some video footage from his aircraft.  The video and the photos created from it are outstanding, and we urge for you to share it with your friends and family via your social networks so they understand why you choose to ski with us!

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing Run – Miss Intensity – Shot from the Helicopter

Why a VIP guest visits years in a row.

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Flying in, let's do it again

“Let’s do it again!”

That is the sentiment that drives many of our guests to return to our operation year after year.

It made me wonder if there was something that triggered that thought, an underlying experience that created the motivation to sign up for a heliskiing trip for the next season a year in advance.

I found my answer when I was interviewing one of our guests recently and it came with a wonderful story that blew my mind.  Jeff came in from his third day of skiing with the same look on his face that you see when a guy  just drove a sports car really fast for the first time; it was a look of shear excitement.  This successful businessman that is turning 50 soon told me “I just hit the biggest air I have ever done…off of the run 40 watt at the very top…I jumped two pillows at the same time.”  Jeff was overjoyed with his bluebird day in the mountains, and this was his just a part of his yearly tradition.  I wondered if maybe he had a favorite run, and he responded that “there was too many to count, Hunter with huge pillows, Long chute after lunch, Bodacious and deep powder….We hammered all of it.”  He mentioned that it had to do with the great alpine entry’s and the fact that “its all good whether knee high or chest deep snow.”  He volunteered that he chose to ski with us because of our guides and the fact that “you feel safe and they will let you go as hard as you possibly can.” Obviously in his case, his whole group went really hard that day and they all pushed themselves to greater heights of powder self mastery.

Then Jeff told about the experience that had changed his life in regards to powder skiing.  His eyes darted off to the side as he accessed the beautiful memories and he smiled with a sheepish grin.  He told that it all started 4 years prior.  He had joined another group and they went up in the helicopter after a large snowstorm that left 45cm. It was a super cold day and the snow was very dry and light.  As they headed down the mountain, about halfway down their guide Syl, started to laugh hysterically, pulled her goggles unto her toque and stopped rather abruptly.  The rest of the group stopped by her side and they asked her why she was laughing so hard.

Her answer said it all: “I don’t know what you have done in your lives gentlemen, but this is one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your lives.” That was the moment that Jeff said he got hooked. He said “The guide was laughing, that it how you know that you have a great day ahead of you.”  He said that a moment like that in these mountains compares to ” skiers herion,” and once that had happened, he was hooked.

In his final words Jeff simply said “a moment like that is off the chart.”  I suppose knowing that those moments are possible is a good reason for guests to take advantage of our incentive plan.  If your curious about it…Just give us a call.

To Jeff…and all the others like Jeff  that have experienced a similar moment.  We will see you next year!

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