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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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Great Canadian Gears Up – A Sneak Peak of Opening A Heli Ski Lodge

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There’s no magic formula for opening a heli ski lodge for the season.  It changes each year with new staff, conditions and a multitude of other factors which luckily, we have had 30 years of practice with.  Opening the lodge for the 2018 season was no exception.  Our team worked like a well oiled machine to prep for what we are best known for, small group heli skiing with utmost attention to detail.

Here’s a look at what we got up to.

We love the smell of heli briefings in the morning!

We love the smell of heli briefings in the morning!

Thumbs up for the season!

Thumbs up for the season!

Testing the goods. Snow so light it floats!

Testing the goods. Snow so light it floats!

Lead Guide Rob doing what he does best.

Lead Guide Rob doing what he does best.

If you hit a tree, you kiss the tree.

If you hit a tree, you kiss the tree.

Striking a pose.

Striking a pose.

Can't find the bottom!

Can’t find the bottom!

Al & Ox are ready!

Al & Ox are ready!

Ryan Hinds from Silverking Helicopters going over safety procedure.

Ryan Hinds from Silverking Helicopters going over safety procedure.

Digging deeeeep pits!

Digging deeeeep pits!

We Brought a Three Year Old Heli-Skiing.. Why That Matters

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When we had the chance to give a young tot of three years his first heli-skiing experience, you’re probably not surprised to hear that we had to say YES.

You see there is a certain attitude that Dave Treadway has with parenting that we just can’t help but love.  Some might see heli skiing as a risky move at such a young age, but for Dave and his son Kasper, “I was more comfortable in this environment then crossing a street in the city with him”.

There is a great joy in sharing these passions with not just friends, but family too, and we love seeing the new generation coming out with their parents. This can also lead to some pretty significant moments for parents, like when previous guest Peter brought his son Blake heli-skiing for the first time.  “Nobody else in my family can understand this.  The first time I took Blake heli-skiing he was an intermediate snowboarder with no powder experience. It was not an easy first experience, [but here we are again]. You’re creating memories.  Unbelievable memories.”

Our operation has always been family friendly, and guest safety is #1 with a record to back that up, so you are in safe hands.  The spirit of the #gchbestdayever is alive and well, no matter your age.  See for yourself:

 

The Evidence of an Epic Winter

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This time of year it seems like every ski industry publication and operation is saying that winter will be amazing.  This isn’t an article about the various forecasts and farmers almanacs predictions, this is rock solid evidence of a winter that has already began in a BIG way.  So take a look at the signs and please draw your own conclusions… we’ll be waiting here for you when you’ve seen it for yourself.

 

1. Glading in the Flurries

Even though we started earlier than usual, our glading team bookended their week in the bush with a snow storm.  Rob, Ox, Chucky Stan and Jessica headed home knowing that our terrain was in good hands with mother nature.

Winter Glades IMG_0453

2. Backcountry Updates

Our friends at Golden Alpine Holidays  have been painting the picture of how the snow is piling up in the alpine.  With their lodge bordering the Esplanade Range of our area, we’ve loved seeing their Facebook posts tell us the snowpack has climbed up to 123 cm! Click here for their webcam to see the snow grow! 

 

3.Local Intel

We had to give our heads a shake this week when we watched this video posted by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  What looked like a mid season edit was in fact a “current conditions” update that it’s already ski-able powder heaven up there! Here’s a taste of what that looked like:

 

So there you have it. No nonsense facts of why this winter is looking amazing so far.  We happen to have seats available to be the first to track this amazing start to the season! Contact us today to hear more about our dates and what’s included.