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Winter’s coming

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Posted 2018 Oct 4 by J@M La Flamme

WINTER’S COMING… actually it’s here.

Can you feel it coming in the air tonight… Oct 1st we went from fall to winter! 50+ cm with more on the way. We’ve got space in Deep December, Jammin January or Astounding April. Book Now.

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing Guides with Team Best Day Ever

Last week the guides met for first time to kickstart year #31! Guide Manager Sue Gould says; “We spent time identifying why we love guiding and why we specifically love guiding at Great Canadian Heli-skiing”. Without a doubt the main message was being able to work with a great team and engaging with global mountain lovers. Trusted collaboration is paramount, where we know we have each others backs and can stand on each others shoulders to go the extra mile, or kilometre, for our guests. We are excited about our skilled team at Heather Mountain Lodge and new guide/pilot accommodation being built as we speak! We also have new radios, one for each guest, and new communications systems to make sure the program is tight, and the experience, just like the powder, is #BestDayEver

Choose Life… Choose a Private Heli

For the most discerning enthusiast, who values their time, and operates without compromise. Just yourself, and three friends in your own helicopter, you choose the number of days skiing on your program, Private Limousine transfer from Calgary International Airport, and each in a Single room. Live More… Dream Less…

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Your Lodge Your Way

Our final wedding was held at Heather Mountain Lodge. A plated dinner for over 50 people. We are setup for your unique corporate events. The team is stoked to feed us all ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ feasts again this winter. Aiming for superiority in healthy food, wine and beer selections, to reach new culinary heights, aligning with our heli-skiing.

Have you shared our company and your experience with your friends? Good Karma! Please do

Deane’s Note

Everyone is talking about the blankets of early snow covering mountains out here and while I am thrilled about that too, the big excitement in the office is for our upcoming online store “The Great Canadian Heli-Skiing Boutique”! Yup, soon you will have access to some retail therapy with unique products and your favorite brand. Take home more than memories from your #BestDayEver and you don’t even have to pack it! We will send your treasures to the destination of your choice. It is going to be awesome. Stay tuned for more details.

In other exciting news, it is my pleasure to introduce my new partner in crime Jean-Marc La Flamme! Jean-Marc comes from our sister city, over the pass in Revelstoke. He brings decades of exercising Technology & Marketing. Give him a warm welcome when you are here this season.

You are going to be here… Aren’t you?? If not, Call me :)))

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PH: 1-250-344-2326

EMAIL: deane@canadianheli-skiing.com

Interview with Sue Gould

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Posted 2018 Aug 24 by J@M La Flamme

Congrats on the new position Sue! What is it and what are your goals?

Sue Gould guide

Well it’s a new position called Guide Manager and I’m very excited about it. It combines my wisdom of 20+ years of heliski guiding with my background in business with my skills in leadership and organization. Having grown up in a family business where “ROI” could be heard as often as “pass the salt”, I absorbed this way of thinking through osmosis. In addition, while running a music studio for over 30 years, being a faculty member at the Banff School of Fine Arts, leading a community choir and later a community orchestra, as well as performing music with a variety of bands and groups, I have learned a great deal about managing people to achieve results.

My lofty goals this year are mostly to stay out of the way of our highly skilled lead guide team while assisting to smooth out the inevitable bumps along the way. I will also continue the long process of documenting how we guides do our daily business so as to capture the collective wisdom of long time guides like Rob, Al, DR, Syl among others.

How long have you been guiding for and how has the industry changed?

Rob and Sue

I started guiding for GCH in 1996… yup that’s 22 years ago! There were no airbags, no mandated helmets, no internet per se, and the lodge had just been built (in fact I even swung a hammer on HML during the summer building of it!) It was a little bit more “wild west” in the backcountry at that time. It still saw minimal traffic. Since then, there has been an explosion of backcountry users. So many more mechanized and ski touring operations than ever before. And a lot more rules. It was inevitable. With more people comes more incidents and more public scrutiny. But that has made us look hard at our safety policies and only made them better. We are so much better at sharing timely information amongst other operations now. Equipment has also played a big part in allowing people to ski more than ever before. I feel like GCH has become a well oiled machine.

What are the guides doing this summer?

Some of our guides are year round guides and work taking folks climbing, hiking, rafting and kayaking in the summer. But many have other trades as well such as carpenters, physios, a musician (that would be me), a landscape business owner, and even a professional chainsaw worker!

How do they prepare for winter?

Well, training for the next winter usually begins on the last day of the season – so April 1st! We bike, climb, hike – whatever we can do to keep the body in shape. But once the snow starts to fly, the ski touring begins. Many take sleds into the alpine to go touring long before the valley bottoms are in shape. This also helps us get our heads into the snowpack which is crucial to honing our forecasting skills for winter. We also buy and repair gear so it’s all ready to go. And of course every operation out there runs a training week of some kind which allows us to pull out all the first aid and rescue equipment to ensure its in good working order and that we remember how to use it. We also get out in the field skiing :), doing some run familiarization for new guides, setting up heli landings and pickups, and gathering baseline snowpack information. It’s great team building!

You played at Kaslo Jazz Fest. How cool is that!? Can you share your favourite tune or band and a musical Best Day Ever with us?

Sue at Kaslo jazz festival

Kaslo Jazz Fest was amazing! Highly recommend everyone go next year for a real Kootenay experience. I have so many BDE’s in the music game that I wouldn’t know where to start. I am so fortunate to have made music with some the best classical and jazz musicians in the world! But one event does stand out….my trio was hired to play for the G8 Summit in Kananaskis back in 2002. Quite the ordeal with just getting clearance to play at such an event. But it was fun to have the attention of Helmut Kohl, Jacques Chirac, Jean Chrétien, Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair et al. Jacques Chirac was the most gracious as he spent quite a bit of time listening intently with forthcoming praise! That was cool.

Favourite band? I usually let my 16 year old daughter be the DJ at home with everything from Billy Joel to Queen to Ed Sheeran (my new fave!) But when left to my own devices I often gravitate to good ol J.S. Bach. That music speaks to my soul.

You chose guiding full time instead of globe trotting musician. It must have been a difficult decision. How did you make it and others?

All decisions in my life have stemmed from passion. Never logic or finance driven (sadly) :)
The fact that I have experienced so much richness of experience in life has come from jumping in before thinking too much! I think I got that from my father… a very successful business owner, airplane pilot, sailboat captain and scuba diver. His sense of adventure was without limits.

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