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How Great Canadian Heli-Skiing Guides Stay Sharp

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Our guides are the best in the business.  As our guests know, not only are they a pleasure to ski with, they know their stuff and keep us safe when skiing our best days ever.  When they aren’t guiding, it’s time to brush up on their skills.  For example, this past March our guides Rob, Sue and Stan took part in the latest training with Avalanche Search and Rescue in Golden, BC.

They went over new techniques when it comes to shovelling and group rescue.  Thanks to Sue, we have some great evidence of our guides in action! These skills will be shared with the rest of the guiding staff at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season.

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Lining up for some probing!

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Stan showing off his skills.

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Rob is a real pro.

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Sue getting the inside “scoop”.

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Golden’s Hero Doggos!

Heli Ski Lodge Seeking To Hire: Marketing and Sales Manager

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A mountain destination for Heli-Skiers, Hikers and Wedding Guests searching for their “Best Day Ever”.

HeliSki Sales and Marketing Manager

Position: Marketing and Sales Manager

Start Date: May 15th 2018

Full Time Salary: Base Salary (plus results based bonus) to be negotiated.

We are in the business of “Best Day Evers”. Our companies provide a mountain destination for Heli-Skiers, Hikers and Wedding Guests, passionate for the wilderness and national parks. Both our employees and customers are happiest in the mountains, value small town living, and are really passionate about adventure. Are you a hospitality and/or luxury travel marketing & sales expert with proven management skills, and looking for somewhere that embraces who you are at work and play ?

Yes?

We want you to be the Marketing and Sales manager of Heather Mountain Lodge and Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. We want you to lead us to new heights with your marketing and sales expertise,  share in our work hard play hard lifestyle, and become a part of our mountain community. We want you to create, deliver, and celebrate our guests “Best Day Ever”, while living your own.

Dream Less and Live More.

Contact Greg Porter

Please send Resume to: greg@canadianheli-skiing.com

Applicant Requirements:

  • A diploma or degree related to Business Administration or Sales and Marketing, or 6 years in a related professional position.

  • Proven leadership as a top manager or #2 position, with an exceptional track record in achieving sustainable employee/guest loyalty and financial results.

  • Online marketing expertise including search engine optimization, online ad campaigns, marketing automation, social media and online travel agencies.

  • Experience and knowledge creating and executing Sales and Marketing Plan and Budgets.

  • Exceptional communication skills.

Job Preferred/Assets:

  • Skier or Snowboarder and general passion for the out of doors.

  • At least one second Language, in addition to being able to read, and clearly speak, and write, in English.

  • Full service destination resort or hotel marketing and sales experience.

Benefits:

  • Live and work in an active mountain community, with strong local culture and people that love the mountains, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, climbing, paddling and travel.

  • Incentive bonus/competitive salary

  • 3 Weeks Paid Vacation/Holiday

  • Educational Assistance

  • 100% subsidized staff meals and onsite accommodation for operating season

  • Complimentary heli-skiing and unique mountain based staff appreciation experiences

  • A sustainable work and play mountain lifestyle

Our Companies:

 

Heather Mountain Lodge and Great Canadian Heli-Skiing offices are located in Golden BC and the Lodge itself is nestled in the mountains, halfway between Golden and Revelstoke, BC, and both owned by a local family. Our culture celebrates our wilderness location and our small neighbouring communities that value a work hard, play hard ethos. We are in the business of delivering “Best Day Evers” to our heli skiing, hiking or wedding guests from around the world. We make it our priority to learn what each guest’s “Best Day Ever” is, and our mission is to deliver it.

The lodge is exceptionally located, easily accessible by car 100 meters from the TransCanada highway, yet built remotely and off the grid with full views of the mountains of Canada’s Glacier National Park. We act as a home for our heli-skiing guests from around the world in the winter (December 1 to April 15), Glacier National Park hiking guests and mountain destination wedding guests in the summer (June 15 to September 30).

The property presently has 22 guest rooms, 2 private cabins, licensed dining for up to 70 and 11 staff rooms, with expansion plans and building underway to service the recent growth the lodge has experienced. Our heli-skiing operations is described as boutique, servicing 24 guests with 2 helicopters in six groups of 4.

Our office is located in Golden BC.

“18 Years ago, tired of being a weekend warrior in the city, we moved to where we were happiest, where the mountains are our backyard, where we liked to play. 18 years ago we moved to Golden British Columbia and bought Heather Mountain Lodge and Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. It was the best decision of our lives”.

-Maaike and Greg Porter, owners of Heather Mountain Lodge and Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.

Here’s To 30 Years of #bestdayever Heli-Skiing

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What does it take to run a successful heli-skiing company for 30 years straight?  It’s the people. It’s the place. It’s the spirit of celebration in skiing. And we celebrated just that on April 6, 2018 in Golden, British Columbia.

Golden BC Civic Centre

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing’s 30th Birthday was a night to remember.  Owners Greg & Maaike Porter remembered arriving in Golden in the pouring rain, and within minutes realizing it would be where they would build their dream of operating a heli skiing business. Since acquiring the operation from Wayne Bingham, they’ve continued to prioritize being the leader in small group heli-skiing.

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Greg & Maaike Porter looking back at 18 years of Great Canadian.

And they aren’t the only ones who have been around the block for a while! One of the highlights of the evening was recognizing long time team members with their own Powder Privileges for their years with the company.

From left, Mike Johnson, Stan Metcalfe, Alison Dakin, Deane Pickering, Sylvia Forest, Rob & Sue Dalinghaus

Great Canadian Heli Skiing Veterans: From left, Mike Johnson (10+ years), Stan Metcalfe (5+ years), Alison Dakin (10+ years), Deane Pickering (20+ years), Sylvia Forest (20+ years), Sue Dalinghaus (20+ years) Rob Dalinghaus (25+ years).

What do all those years add up to in terms of heli skiing? Well for a guide, Rob Dalinghaus has accumulated 1,500+ Skier Days, thats over 20,000+ heli ski runs skied!

For Pilot Mike Johnson, who maneuvers up to 100 landings/takeoffs per day, he has completed 30,000+ for just GCH in his last 10 years! Lastly,

Deane Pickering is a trip booking power house who has booked over 35,000 skier days in her 22 years with the company!

This group was awarded with some custom embroidered Arcteryx  swag and of course, the coveted Best Day Ever Mugs!

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From there, the crowd was treated to some amazing musical talent.  The lineup included Wil, Bend Sinister and DJ Mihajic Touch who made sure feet were stompin well into the night.

Here’s to 30 Years and to another 30 more!