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Here’s To 30 Years of #bestdayever Heli-Skiing

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What does it take to run a successful heli-skiing company for 30 years straight?  It’s the people. It’s the place. It’s the spirit of celebration in skiing. And we celebrated just that on April 6, 2018 in Golden, British Columbia.

Golden BC Civic Centre

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing’s 30th Birthday was a night to remember.  Owners Greg & Maaike Porter remembered arriving in Golden in the pouring rain, and within minutes realizing it would be where they would build their dream of operating a heli skiing business. Since acquiring the operation from Wayne Bingham, they’ve continued to prioritize being the leader in small group heli-skiing.

Greg and Maaike Porter

Greg & Maaike Porter looking back at 18 years of Great Canadian.

And they aren’t the only ones who have been around the block for a while! One of the highlights of the evening was recognizing long time team members with their own Powder Privileges for their years with the company.

From left, Mike Johnson, Stan Metcalfe, Alison Dakin, Deane Pickering, Sylvia Forest, Rob & Sue Dalinghaus

Great Canadian Heli Skiing Veterans: From left, Mike Johnson (10+ years), Stan Metcalfe (5+ years), Alison Dakin (10+ years), Deane Pickering (20+ years), Sylvia Forest (20+ years), Sue Dalinghaus (20+ years) Rob Dalinghaus (25+ years).

What do all those years add up to in terms of heli skiing? Well for a guide, Rob Dalinghaus has accumulated 1,500+ Skier Days, thats over 20,000+ heli ski runs skied!

For Pilot Mike Johnson, who maneuvers up to 100 landings/takeoffs per day, he has completed 30,000+ for just GCH in his last 10 years! Lastly,

Deane Pickering is a trip booking power house who has booked over 35,000 skier days in her 22 years with the company!

This group was awarded with some custom embroidered Arcteryx  swag and of course, the coveted Best Day Ever Mugs!

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From there, the crowd was treated to some amazing musical talent.  The lineup included Wil, Bend Sinister and DJ Mihajic Touch who made sure feet were stompin well into the night.

Here’s to 30 Years and to another 30 more!

What Makes A Best Day Ever ?

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Our style of heli skiing is famous for small groups and unlimited vertical. Those two factors have put us on the map for offering one of the best heli-skiing experiences in the world, but besides skiing astronomical amounts of vertical, and keeping pace within your small group… what else makes us special?

We’ve realized there’s a common occurrence that happens to our guests during their holiday.  Just like there are many ways to describe snow, there are many ways that guests describe having their Best Day Ever with us.  “That was the best run of my life!”, or “I’ve NEVER had a day like that!” and the less coherent “Yaaahoooooooooo!!!” going all the way down a run that doesn’t even need to be put into words.  It’s a feeling all of us can relate to.

So we’ve compiled a look at what that is for our guests, guides, staff and so many that have joined us over the years.  Keep checking in on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for lots of current #gchbestdayever posts and if you are wanting to get in on that yourself, contact us today!

The best day ever moment in the field:

The best day ever at Apres: Mugshots for all who claim a #gchbestdayever

 

Best Day Ever on the Heli Pad.

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Best Day Ever of the Pro’s.  Christina Lustenberger knows it’s a good day when the parking lot looks like this.

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Best Guide’s Day Ever

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Best Staff Day Ever

Testing the goods. Snow so light it floats!

Testing the goods. Snow so light it floats!

Tag us with your best ski day ever with #gchbestdayever.  Let’s keep adding to the list!

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!