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The ski bum(p)

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Meet Karlishae.

She’s a talented heli-boarder and a fearless rider. Her vibe is unbeatable, just as her love for pow turns. Like the rest of us, she’s living the dream of epic mountain days. When the winter returns and the trees turn white again, she calls our cozy heli lodge home. She’s one of the truly exceptional person you get to meet at Heather Mountain Lodge when you ski with GC Heli.

But this winter is like no other for her…as hopping on the heli with a 5 months belly is something to remember forever. Yes, you read right. K-Shae took her unborn heli-boarding for half a day yesterday!

We bet this little one will grow up to be a shredder and can’t wait to welcome this heli-baby in the family!

Judging by that smile, both mama and baby are happy in the backcountry!

Judging by that smile, both mama and baby are happy in the backcountry!

 

 

 

What it’s like to work at Great Canadian Heli-skiing…

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like work (and live!) at Great Canadian Heli-skiing?

Working in the birthplace of heli-skiing, over the 2 mountain ranges that are the Selkirk and the Purcell, means that we get copious amounts of snow in the most amazing terrain! We can catch a few laps in our breaks and ride straight off our backyard! On lucky days, we take off in the heli and shred in the backcountry!

It’s extremely accessible, just off the Trans Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke, but we get to stay at the lodge and share a house with all our fellow powder passionate teammates!

The guides share their knowledge with us and train us on avalanche and backcountry safety. We get the best advice and in depth product knowledge sessions on outdoor gear directly from the companies’ rep!

Oh, and did I talk about the food? Our chef Dan and the whole kitchen team doesn’t only take pride in delivering mouth watering dishes to our guests. They cook food that tastes amazing, out of local ingredients, also for us! We even have wine and beer tastings!

We do work around the clock to deliver the experience of a lifetime, but we’re also having the experience of a lifetime! We can deliver the boutique experience we are known for, because we are living it too!

So make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! We’ll be sharing the jaw dropping and awe aspiring GCH experience!

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Staff house at GCHS

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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skiing in the backcountry

 

 

 

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