The recipe for an epic ski season varies from person to person. From finding the perfect playlist to buying new heat-molded boots, or hey, treating yourself to some heliskiing, the combinations are endless. The one thing that ties us all together when we want our #bestdayever? SNOW! POW! FRESHIES! Call it what you want, but we think this key ingredient is here to stay. Here’s 5 reasons why we know this is going to be a great year:
1.) Reports from the field
We can’t tell whether GCH Guide Alison Dakin was more stoked about the snow levels or the fact that her 4X4 got her to it when she went for a backcountry tour in the Purcells last weekend. According to her, the conditions were looking great for November, and will just get better as we head into December!
2.) looking outside our window
The team at GCH headquarters in Golden, BC are busy as ever getting ready for the 16/17 season. Nothing gets this team more excited about heli-skiing than watching fat, fluffy flakes drop from the sky, just outside our window. Our Marketing Coordinator Elora snuck out during a recent storm to capture the sure signs of an epic ski season.
3.) Looking to the (ski) hills
The resorts in our area are great at sharing the conditions and helping our stoke levels rise while the helicopters warm up. Many have opened early, and we love our closest hill Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for sharing how amazing conditions are, like this video that their ski patrol took on November 1st.
4.) Stepping into the whiteroom at Heather Mountain Lodge
It’s called the Powder Highway for a reason, and our beautiful lodge is located along this famous route for those seeking a pow day. Last week, our Chef Josh Gaudet captured what we had suspected all along…WINTER IS HERE!
Only time will tell if skiers will be singing “la la La Niña!” this season or “El Nino-no-no”. If the rumors are true and we get the predicted cooler temps and high precipitation , there will be much rejoicing at our Apres parties. What we can guarantee is that Great Canadian Heli-Skiing is located in one of the best powder zones in North America, and our amazing team of pilots and guides are ready to take you to the best snow… in a helicopter!!!! We can forecast until the cows come home, but we are better at delivering that #bestdayever no matter what happens, and we’ll stick to what we know best 😉
There’s still time to book for some early season turns, Check Availability today!
“But I felt like it was looking at us.”
There’s nothing like a spooky halloween story to get the heart racing. With the chill in the air, we can’t help but wonder what kinds of paranormal phenomena can be found in our area. According to this article in the Revelstoke Review by storyteller Brennan Storr, “The Pass” is notorious for the night of “The Rogers Pass Fireball”.
“All of a Sudden the Sky Went Like Daylight”
In the moments leading up to the Rogers Pass Fireball, there was no indication to the few present that this still winter night was different from any other. Temperatures hovered around freezing on the morning of December 18, 1997 as three two-man C.P.R. crews, two aboard trains and one headed home to Revelstoke in a taxi, watched the night sky erupt.
Even some fifteen years later, witnesses to the Rogers Pass Fireball are reluctant to discuss details of the incident. “I haven’t talked about it since it happened,” says one man who refused to say anything else on the record, “and I don’t want to start now.”
What details that have emerged tell of a booming sound followed by the appearance of an enormous yellow ball of light, crackling with what appeared to be electricity, streaking across the canyon. Says one source, “All of a sudden the sky went like daylight – bright daylight – and this big yellow ball slowly went over the valley.”
The fireball, which made no sound after its initial appearance, was then said to stop its progress and hover above the valley for ten full seconds before finally disappearing behind Mount Sir Donald in the southeast.
While, in the broad strokes, the Revelstoke Fireball shares characteristics with bolides – particularly large and bright meteors entering the earth’s atmosphere – those present feel as though something much different was taking place.
“I don’t know what it was,” said another witness who claimed the light was so intense that other drivers on the highway began to swerve in shock. “But I felt like it was looking at us.”
To read more spooky halloween stories of our area, check out Brennan’s book “A Strange Little Place: The Hauntings & Unexplained Events of One Small Town”
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:
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.