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3 Hottest Ski Gear Trends for 2017

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What a time to be alive! The latest and greatest in ski gear technology just gets better, sleeker and smarter.  The upcoming winter gear is no exception.  We’re chomping at the bit to get our hands on these.  And better yet, these will be for sale at our retail store in Heather Mountain Lodge!  Here’s the top 3 trends we can’t wait to play with:

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1. GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session

Those who have visited our terrain know that those views are worth sharing.  The latest way to capture those deep turns in the trees or the expansive glacier views is with the latest action camera, the GoPro Hero 5 Black or Hero 5 Session.  These bad boys feature exciting updates like voice control in seven languages (we won’t judge you for talking to your camera, but your friends might), 4k video resolution at 30 frames per second, and a cloud service that GoPro has developed to upload your video into the cloud. No doubt these will be an amazing addition to your season!

2. Smith ChromaPop Lenses

Visuals are crucial when you are picking the freshest lines.  The Smith ChromaPop Lens enhances visual clarity, provides greater definition, and better reveals natural color in a full range of weather conditions wherever you are on the mountain. These lenses cut out the colour-clutter for your brain by filtering light in two specific wavelenghths (yay science!).  The clarity you get will be a sharper, and a faster visual range for your brain to register during use.  We’re not saying these lenses will give you superpowers… but it’s the closest you might get to x-ray vision!

3. Arcteryx Winter Lookbook

Featuring imagery from one of the closest towns to our lodge, Revelstoke BC, Arc’teryx has a new lookbook that is sure to inspire some of our heli-ski wear.  New bright colours like “Fennel” or “Magma” are sure to keep you seen as you hurdle down that pillow field.  With lighter fabrics that still hold warmth, everything from jackets to midlayers to pants will keep you comfortable for all those #unlimitedvertical runs.

*Bonus: the look book itself features friend of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Christina Lustenberger and our backyard, Rogers Pass.

 

Seeking to Hire: General Business Manager of Heather Mountain Lodge

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Are you a hospitality expert with proven management skills, epicurean tendencies and looking for somewhere that embraces who you are at work and play? Are you happiest in the mountains, value small town living, and really passionate about adventurous people?

Yes?

We want you to be the General Business Manager of Heather Mountain Lodge & Cabins (sister company of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing) located in Golden, British Columbia. We want you to lead us to new heights with your hospitality 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 guest’s “Best Day Ever”, while living your own.

To apply, please fill in the form below to contact us with your resume and a short description about your experience, goals and passion for the hospitality industry (in 500 words or less).

** Applicants must have at least 4 years experience as a hospitality professional and be able to work legally in Canada.

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** You can alternatively contact me at greg@canadianheli-skiing.com.


 

“16 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. 16 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.

Train Like a Guide! The Ultimate Heli-Ski Workout.

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Ever wonder how our guides get in top shape for the heli-skiing season? Their workout routines are designed to get those ski muscles primed for unlimited vertical.  So we asked our guide Stan “The Power Tool” Metcalfe  to give us a demo of what he recommends for a great heli-ski workout.  As a physiotherapist, this guy knows his stuff and has broken down an awesome circuit to follow before your trip,  so the only shaky legs will be from the thrill and excitment of skiing the best powder on the planet.

This workout can be done 2-3 times per week, and to raise the bar you can add a half hour of cardio (jogging, biking etc).   This circuit has 3 parts, do each exercise for 30 seconds then take 10 seconds rest.  Repeat each part 3 times before moving onto the next one.

**As with any new workout program, make sure you avoid injury or issues by consulting a physician before performing this program.

 

For a printable version of this circuit, click here.

 

 

Could you Repeat That?!

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Every summer, guides of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing head to the backcountry to make sure our heli programs run smoother than a glacier run on a bluebird day.  That means anything from brush clearing, scoping out new heli pads to retrieving runaway skis, poles, or snowboards.

In our most recent round of backcountry maintenance, lead guide Rob found himself in his element: alone with a thermos of coffee, a sandwich and a stylish hat on top of a mountain range.

Rob was checking in on our radio repeater, which rests in between the Spinster and Cupola terrain zones.  The repeater is a crucial part of Great Canadian’s communications, keeping everyone loud and clear as the groups check in with each other.

Hard to stay focused with a view like this!

Our mighty terrain looks like it’s missing something….

Rob in his element.

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The Great Canadian Radio Repeater, all tuned up and ready to go for 2017!

 

 

One heli of a Summer!

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From fighting fires to relocating wildlife, the fleet of Silverking A-star helicopters that bring us our unlimited vertical in winter keep themselves just as busy in the summer months.  What’s keeping them so busy ?  We got the low down from Silverking owner Ryan Hinds.  Here’s his breakdown of the top three activities these machines take to new heights:
Forest Fire Management
When fighting fires there are many duties that a pilot / helicopter can carry out. These include moving fire crews, mapping the fires dimensions and movement and water bucketing. Bucketing takes some skill in terms of accurately placing the water into predetermined areas of the fire. If water is not dropped  at key locations the fire activity can easily increase in size. Wind and temperature are the key factors that the pilot will constantly be monitoring in order to insure that the helicopter can perform at an efficient level.
Grizzly Bear Relocation
Grizzly bears can be a safety issue for remote work sites etc. The bear(s) are tranquillized and transported via helicopter to a remote area as far away as possible from human activity. Usually this is carried out by slinging the bear in a net below the helicopter, but sometimes the bear will be put inside the helicopter. This will allow the helicopter to fly faster and further to relocate the bear. However, in some cases, the bears will return after a short time. I have had a grizzly bear start to wake up sooner than anticipated while in the back seat. It’s a slow process, so it’s not a concern. We simply land and let him out a little sooner than expected.
Mining Operations
We also do a ton of mineral exploration looking for gold and copper. We long-line diamond drill into various mountain locations. Once the drills are in place we support the drilling by bringing fuel, crew and other supplies to the site.