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