What is
Unlimited
Vertical?

All heli-skiing operations will guarantee a certain amount of vertical feet/metres. At Great Canadian, we offer a generous amount of vertical (e.g. 30,500m/100,000ft for a week long trip).

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When to Book a Heli-ski Holiday

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When it comes to planning a heli-ski holiday, the question to ask is rarely “Why?”, it’s “When?”

One of the most common concerns that our guests have is when the BEST time is to book.  Along with some great answers on our FAQ page regarding this, we tend to answer that question with another one:

“What type of skiing do you like?”

What kind of heli-skier are you?

Telling us as much information as possible about your preferences, abilities and expectations allows us to not only get to know you better, we are able to truly advise you the best possible dates for what you’ve described and what we have available.  Being a boutique operator along with 30 years of experience, we have the knowledge and attention to detail that simply can’t be matched by larger operators.  We quickly get to know you on a first name basis, and can spend the time to take care of you!

So, when you tell us you want to ski as much Unlimited Vertical as possible, we’ll suggest March with longer days and lengthier runs.  If you have a love for steep trees and pillow fields, earlier in the season, like December or January would be ideal.  Looking for the best of both?  Well, mid season is the time for you, however we’d recommend a longer trip of 3+ days to give you the best chance to see multiple weather systems.  Are you a fair weather skier and prefer warmer days than frigid ones? Mid to late season will keep your toes warm, but snow cold.  If you are a first timer and need a more gentle introduction to heli-skiing? March will be ideal for glacier skiing where you have plenty of visibility and time to master the powder technique.

In the end, we choose our season based on the best possible dates for epic powder December through to April.  The more we know about when you’re looking at dates, the better your holiday!

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A Heli Guides Summer – Nigel Fisher Tree Faller

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NigelYou might think that heli-ski guides take the summers to relax.  Maybe catch up on their reading list, sip lemonade in the sun and dream about the powder days of winter.

Tell that to guide Nigel Fisher and he’d likely laugh, with a plume of dust and soot falling off his shoulders.

 

Nigel has been working hard long days in Clearwater, BC (430 km from Golden) as a danger tree faller, helping in the effort to fight back the forest fires that have been raging in British Columbia.  He’s traded in the red guiding Gore-Tex for safety-orange fire gear, and we managed to catch up with him and find out how his summer is going.

“Great Canadian Heli Skiing is hella-fun, fire is more of a hellish fun, both require helicopters.  Summer is hot and dry, be glad winter is not. Still looking for the spaces in between the trees no matter the season. ”

GCH Guide Nigel Fisher tree falling in Clearwater BC

We hope you stay safe out there Nigel and can’t wait to have you back to find those spaces in the trees!

IMG_4870 Tools of the Trade.

 

 

Smokey Summers at Great Canadian Heli Skiing

Posted by & filed under Lodge Lifestyle, Summer at the Lodge.

Summer 2017 in British Columbia has proven to be filled with more smoke and haze than sunshine and rainbows.  This is because the province has seen a record breaking number of fires, and a provincial wide state of emergency was declared earlier this month.  Evacuations have been called in communities Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Cache Creek to name a few.

Luckily ,our town of Golden and Heather Mountain Lodge have seen no serious fire threat, and the smoke has cleared, but we did see some drama playing out in our area.  Our lodge and staff were a huge part of the firefighting effort. Last week, the lodge was used as a staging area for fire crews and helicopters to fight fires in Glacier National Park.  When a fire flared up across the valley from our lodge in early July, Social Media host Muzza was there to capture the smoky skies and water bombers. This fire posed no threat to us, but the views do show how dramatic these fires can be.  Happy to now have things back to normal and see the amazing response of the fire fighting efforts! 

BC FireFighters At Heather Mountain Lodge

Executive Chef Josh Gaudet and his team were kept busy last week feeding the crews that fought the fires. The crews said it was some of the best eating they’ve seen.

Forest Fire Water Bomber

A small fire was quickly extinguished across the valley.  What a sight!

Staging at Heather Mountain Lodge

The helipad looking a bit different these days.  Seeing those whirly birds reminds us of winter!

Forest Fires British Columbia

Our heartfelt thank you goes out to those fire crews spending their days and nights keeping us safe, and our condolences to those across the province whose lives have been forever changed by the fires.  We are looking forward to winter again when we can look at the snow capped mountains and the smoke has cleared, and hey, there may be some new burn runs to explore.