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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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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.

Music in the Mountains

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The hills are alive with the sound of music, especially when our guide “Super Sue” is conducting.

This week in Golden, British Columbia, Sue conducted the Purcell Mountain Orchestra for it’s 10th anniversary concert, “Wonderful To Wild”.  The orchestra covered everything from Star Wars to The Sound of Music to Led Zeppelin, complete with costume changes from Darth Vader to Flower Power hippie.

“When I was a little girl I always wanted to be like Fräulein Maria in the Sound of Music and be surrounded by music in the mountains.” Sue told the audience,  “Now here I am doing just that!”

Way to go Sue and congrats on the 10th Anniversary of the Purcell Mountain Orchestra.

 

The force is strong with our Sue.

The force is strong with our Sue.

In her element.

Finishing off with some Rock and Roll.

Take a bow… or a peace sign works too!