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A European perspective on Skiing at Great Canadian Heli Skiing

Posted by & filed under Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Guest Testimonials, Heliskiing.

 

European visit 1

 

Its funny how you may take something for granted when it is in your own backyard.  All it takes is someone else to share their perspective with you in order for you to open your eyes fully and to have even more gratitude for what you already have.

There is a family staying with us that comes from Munich Germany.  In the last few weeks they had been skiing at Kicking Horse Resort and Chatter Creek Cat Skiing.  Eventually, they made their way to our lodge and they joined our phenomenal guides on an adventure of a lifetime.  Martin, the father in the family,  told me that he has “spent most of his life skiing all across Europe.”  He is an adventurous spirit that shows signs of being one of those skiers that probably threw daffy’s and backscratchers as he made his way down the alps.   What I wasn’t expecting from him was his unique perspective on why skiing with us was so tremendous.

As I listened intently, he explained to me that ” tree skiing in Europe is usually restricted and considered out of bounds.”  He went on to say that ” most skiing is done well above the tree line,” and nothing could have prepared him for the amazement he would have skiing through our glades in our tenure.  Our tenure is a unique piece of land that is famous for champagne powder and many different varieties of forests.  Some of these forests have trees that are wide apart and you can make large powder GS turns through them.  Others, have what Martin exclaimed to be “magical trees,” because they hold their snow and their branches become closer together as they are weighed down.  These forests allow for tremendous glade skiing which is always a crowd favorite for our guests.

After the conversation, I had a new found love for the magnificent backyard that we have at our doorstep that is only a quick heli ride away.  It occurred to me that our guests are truly fortunate as well and this may be one of the reasons they come in with huge grins after a great ski day.

 

European visit 2

 

European visit 3

 

Heliskiing Fashion Show, keep warm! stay dry!

Posted by & filed under Heli Skiing Clothing Gear, Specials.

 

 

Warm clothing is essential for Heliskiing…but Fashionable is a bonus!

When you stay dry and warm on a cold winter’s day, you can truly enjoy the gorgeous conditions that old man winter has provided.

Not all clothing is created equally though, and at Great Canadian Heli Skiing, we believe in providing our guests with option to purchase great clothing that is known to keep our guests dry and warm in a variety of weather.  If you haven’t seen the lineup of technical clothing from Arc’teryx this year, then this is your chance!

The staff at Great Canadian Heli Skiing recently held a fashion show for some of our guests and the photos below will showcase some of the very fashionable designs that we have on hand if they are looking for some more attire.

 

Fashion show 4

 

Emma

Rho LTW Zip Neck

A natural base layer for prolonged backcountry use. Itchless stretch-knit MAPP Merino remains nearly odourless and

soft next to the skin, while retaining insulative properties when damp. A spandex infusion helps the garment stay in

shape for extended adventures.

FULL FEATURE LIST

Technical Features

• Breathable

• Great warmth-to-weight ratio

• MAPP Merino Wool

Sentinal Jacket – Blue Python

Relaxed fitting, waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® jacket with helmet compatible Storm Hood™ and a Slide ‘n

Loc™ snap system links the integrated powder skirt to pants in deep snow.

 

 

Fashion show 6

Fashion show 6

 

Lenka

Gamma LT Hoody – Amethyst

DESCRIPTION

Versatile hooded softshell jacket offers moderate warmth and wind resistance. Burly™ Double Weave fabric has

excellent breathability, DWR (durable water repellent) finish on the outer face provides moisture repellency, and built-
in 4-way stretch which moves with the wearer. A helmet compatible StormHood™ provides extra coverage.

FULL FEATURE LIST

Technical Features

• Weather resistant

• Moisture-resistant outer face fabric

• Breathable

• Highly durable

• Wind resistant

Sarah Toque –

Slouch-fit Merino wool/acrylic blend toque with a patterned chunky knit detail and topped with a large fluffy pom pom

 

 

Fashion show 7

 

Veronika

Cerium LT Hoody – Night Hawk

DESCRIPTION

Putting Down Where It Counts

Strategic placement of synthetic and down insulation has Coreloft™ synthetic insulation, that retains warmth when

wet, placed along the hem, collar, sleeves and underarms— areas prone to contact with moisture. 850 fill European

Goose down lines the core and sleeves where warmth is most needed.

Low – Down Sunnies – Matte

 

 

Fashion show 2

Ruby

Sabre Jacket – Blue Pythoon

Designed for use on mountain terrain and on-piste adventures, this fully waterproof jacket is constructed using N80p-
X GORE-TEX® textile that is highly durable with a soft face and a flannel backer that lends light insulation. A relaxed

fit leaves room for winter layers and the new styling has a sleek, clean appearance.

FULL FEATURE LIST

Technical Features

• Waterproof

• Snow-shedding

• Windproof

• Breathable

• Lightly insulated

• Durable

Low down Sunnies – Black

 

 

Fashion Show 1

 

Justin

Alpha SV – Black

Alpha Series: Climbing and alpine focused systems | SV: Severe Weather. Anatomically superior, advanced

waterproof GORE-TEX® glove, engineered using our new Tri-Dex™ Technology; Ideal for use in the backcountry.

Smith Googles

Rush Jacket

DESCRIPTION

The Rush jacket strategically combines two different GORE-TEX® Pro fabrics to provide durability in high abrasion

areas and wearable comfort elsewhere. Anatomical patterning and articulation enhance mobility while snowsports

specific feature set meets the demands of an uncompromising user.

FULL FEATURE LIST

Technical Features

• Waterproof

• Breathable

• Durable

 

 

Fashion show 5

 

Rebecca

Stingray – Blue Moon

DESCRIPTION

This versatile stormproof jacket is designed for on-area laps and has been upgraded with a lightly insulated GORE-
TEX® with 3L softshell construction textile that is both supple and more durable. Performance features include

articulated shaping for athletic mobility, a helmet compatible DropHood™ with stealthy one-handed adjustability, and

a laminated powder skirt with gripper elastic.

Rolling Stripe Toque

Longer length wool/acrylic blend beanie with bold lateral stripes and a roll up brim

Alpha SV Gloves

DESCRIPTION

Our revolutionary Tri-Dex™ Technology patterns each finger individually for exceptional dexterity and a precision

touch. N80p-X GORE-TEX® fabric has a durable outer surface to increase longevity. The inner glove liner is

constructed of high loft fleece insulation that maximizes warmth and is removable for a quicker dry time. Leather

reinforcement areas on the palm and fingers are durable and long lasting. An external wrist cinch with ladder lock

buckle adjusts easily and is secure. Removable wrist leashes prevent gloves from dropping when not in use. A wide

gauntlet fits easily over any jacket sleeve.

Master of Alpine Situations

The Alpha SV Glove is built for the most extreme conditions. Removable wrist leashes prevent a critical loss, leather

reinforcements provide protection from rock and secure grip on ice tools, wide gauntlet fits over any insulated jacket

sleeve and a one handed wrist cinch secures glove position.

Tri-Dex™ Technology

Tri-Dex™ Technology uses a three-lobe pattern to individually map a three-dimensional shape for each digit.

An unparalleled advancement in dexterity, the technology also uses micro seam technology to reduce bulk,

enhance comfort.

Durability

N80p-X GORE-TEX® fabric has exceptional abrasion resistance. Engineered to deliver the highest level of windproof

waterproof/breathable protection, this smooth surfaced textile readily sheds precipitation, ice and reduces overall

wear and tear. Leather reinforced palms and fingers are durable and long lasting.

Liners

The inner fleece liner is a hi-loft Polartec® Wind Pro® textile with high wind resistance, low stretch, exceptional

warmth and breathability to keep working hands dry in cold environments. Removable liners are easy care: remove

them for drying; machine wash to reduce odour. Velcro® interface holds the liner in position, maximizing comfort

and dexterity.

 

Fashion show 3

Jena

Stinger Bib – Tobiko

DESCRIPTION

Made with GORE-TEX® Pro fabric, the tough, efficient and hard-working Stinger Bib provides complete weather

protection and is engineered for deep powder days in the backcountry or on the hill. Forward leaning articulation

in the knees and seat delivers complete freedom of movement, and ¾ length side zips blow off steam during uphill

charges. Large external volume thigh pockets lie flat when empty and integrated suspenders attach to front of bib.

Keprotec instep patches and sturdy Cordura® powder cuffs stand up to buckles, boots, skis.

Deep Expectations

Billowing snow, high winds, unexpected exposure or equipment changes – the advantages of a bib pant are many.

Having protection that extends well above a jacket hem prevents snow or cold drafts from reaching the lower back.

Heavy Duty

N80p-X GORE-TEX® Pro: you can tell it’s durable. The face is textured yet slick, which means larger yarns, very

tightly woven to create a smooth abrasion resistant surface. Nylon is exceptionally durable, slightly noisy and

somewhat rigid. The more raspy the GORE-TEX®, the more hard use it can stand.

Cordura® Cuffs

Buckles, edges, rock and ice are brutal on clothing that is designed to be as lightweight and breathable as possible.

Cordura® is a heavy-duty fabric synonymous with backpacks, military use and motorcycle gear. Uniquely hard-
wearing integrated snow cuffs.

Steadfast

Expedition fit allows room for maximum winter layers that big mountain days can require. Articulation in the knees

and seat allow room for those layers and also provides complete freedom of movement. The ¾-length side zips open

to dump heat rapidly or adjust for ventilation. Pockets have volume pleats to accommodate bulky items needed at

the ready.

Covert Hoody – Malachite

Breathable fleece hoody with a casual design; Ideal for layering or as a stand alone piece.

Heli skiing as a holiday tradition

Posted by & filed under Guest Stories, Heliskiing.

 

Toronto Family heli skiing

Toronto Family heli skiing

 

 

Over the past few days there has been a buzz going around the lodge of a great man that has brought his family heli-skiing with him as a winter holiday tradition.  This gregarious individual has shared his passion for heli skiing with his adult children.  This is the story of Stephen S.

Stephen is one of those people that have a natural charisma about them and his joy for life is infectious.  If you ever have the pleasure of meeting him, he will hold your ear with worldly conversations and he will ask you about yourself and what matters to you.  With hard work and a natural flair for relationship building, Stephen who studied to be an engineer, worked his way up the corporate ladder into the position of being a CEO of a large mortgage lender.    Stephen takes an interest in all of those around him, and his success has come from reaching out and forming great relationships with his clients, community, and of course his family.

Stephen is an incredible family man and he knew that he wanted to bring his family together this Christmas season.  He understood that it would be difficult to organize a time that would be convenient for each of his children and himself to leave their work lives and pursue fresh powder. Flexibility in scheduling was  the reason that Stephen has visited us in the past and had chosen to visit us again.  He knew that his family from Toronto could easily take a flight out of Pearson International Airport and fly into Calgary and they would be at the Lodge for dinner and skiing the very next day.  He reiterated the fact that his family could start skiing any day of the week with us was a big reason for choosing us this year.  His children had busy lives and hectic schedules, and  to be able to accommodate their lives was of the utmost importance to him when choosing  a heli skiing package.  Now to be clear, Stephen goes out heli or cat skiing about 5-6 times a year which makes him essentially my hero when it comes to balancing work and play.  The man has seen more mountains then most guides and for him to choose our services and trust our team to look after his family over the holidays is something we are truly grateful for.

This humble man becomes the epicenter for excitement after he returns from  a great ski day!   He walks back from the helicopter with stories about his 2 sons, Patrick and Brendan, and his daughter Hilary.  He shares that they came back from skiing a run where Hilary wore her GoPro as she followed behind doing a chase scene with her 2 brothers.  It isn’t clear if Stephen has given himself a pat on the back for being such a great father, but it is clear that he has enabled his children to keep youthful and to enjoy life by providing them with the chances to experience great activities and to be playful and active.   When it comes to dinner time at the Lodge, he recounts the stories of his day on the slopes with a humble nature that a only a seasoned heli skier can possess.  His excitement is obvious, but he is discerning about the snow conditions, and lucky for us, we have Champagne powder!  At the end of the day, Stephen is known to sabre a champagne bottle to celebrate with the people that matter the most to him; his family.

Stephen is an incredible individual, and we are thankful to have him as a guest and a part of our extended family of repeat skiers here at Great Canadian Heli Skiing.  Thank you Stephen for showing the rest of us that Heli Skiing is all about sharing our joy for snow and life with others.

 

Main reasons Stephen stays with us recapped:

  • Convenience of flying into Calgary,
  • Flexibility of dates
  • Easiest to get to from Toronto.
  • Dislikes 7 day trips, enjoys 4 days.
  • “Trusts GCH’s experienced Guides and operation with the safety of his family”
Toronto family 2 Heli Skiing

Toronto family 2 Heli Skiing

 

Training to exceed our guests expectations.

Posted by & filed under Heliskiing, Lodge Lifestyle.

 

Heli Briefing Photo of Heli Briefing above courtesy of HeliSKI Canada photographer Steven Dutcheshen

 

 

Have you ever wondered what it takes to prepare our staff so we are ready for another great season?

Well here it is… This is what our staff has been doing to get ready for our guests!

 

Guide Training:  Our guides are some of the best in the industry, but they train as if each season may potentially bring different conditions then the last.  They practice snow rescues, skiing down many different pistes, reading the weather and reporting back the conditions each day and they are actively involved pursuing more knowledge about avalanches from many special speakers.

Front Desk Training:  Our front desk staff act the same way a concierge would at a luxury hotel.  They are there to help our guests settle in and let their regular life anxieties fall away as they enter the lodge.  They are trained to work hand in hand with other departments in order to make sure that the unique needs of each of our guests are addressed and accommodated.

Housekeeping Training: Our Lodge rooms with a mountain view don’t just clean themselves!  Our staff trains for a week to maintain our high level of standards for cleanliness all throughout the winter season.  It is important to train for the schedule where guests return from a day of skiing in the afternoon to a clean room that will provide a great rest for the next day.

Kitchen Training:  Our menu is extensive and it is no small task to prepare mouth watering dinners every night as well as breakfasts and lunches that are meant to fill but leave our guests  feeling light enough to make some fast “S” turns through the glades in the day.  Our Chef takes his staff under his wing for a week and trains them how to prepare some of our harder dishes that are made out of local ingredients.  The result is food that tastes simply amazing and guests that can’t wait to get back to the lodge when the helicopter lands after the last runs of the day.

Outdoor Gear Training: Our guests go up against the elements every day and we pride ourselves on having the knowledgeable staff and the durable clothing needed to keep them dry and warm while out on the slopes.  Our staff goes through extensive training to understand the importance of layering clothing. From fabrics that are hollowfill that allow moisture to pass through to wicking fabrics that bring moisture to the outer shell, and then finally the semi permeable shells that are breathable; we understand what our guests need to be comfortable.

Serving Training: Our servers take pride in working together to provide a great experience for our guests.  Our guests are meant to feel as if they don’t have to ask for what they may want to have next in front of them.  This means that water is poured and wine is brought to the table in anticipation to a guest requesting it.  Plates and bowls are removed between courses flawlessly without an interruption to the discussion that our guests may be having with each other.

Finally,  our staff does all of this so that we can provide our guests with the “boutique,” experience that we have become so famous for providing.  We have a high level of excellence that we continue to build upon season after season.

Chef Dan getting food ready

Photo of Chef Dan training his great kitchen staff.

 

Getting excited for first tracks yet?

Posted by & filed under Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Heliskiing.

Every year at Great Canadian Heli Skiing we are fortunate enough to take out many guests on their first powder tracks of the year.  It is a truly exhilarating experience to be skiing down pristine back-country early in the season.  It is that same feeling that you may have had when you first drove a car very fast from a stopped position.  There is a rush of endorphins, time seems to slow down, your eyesight narrows on a point of focus  and your heart quickens to prepare you for what is fast approaching.

Taking a helicopter to the top of a mountain to start off a season is certainly a unique way to usher in a new year of fresh powder!  You don’t have any lines to contend with and with pillow drops and glade skiing you are sure to find untouched snow to call your own so you can leave your mark.  To whet your appetites for a great 2014 season we have added a video of the first tracks from last year.  Now all you have to do is imagine yourself in these situations…or better yet…come visit us!

Here are some sample packages

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/2-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/3-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/4-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/5-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/6-day-heliskiing-package/

 

Perfect gift for a skier at Christmas

Posted by & filed under Specials.

Christmas Helicopter

Christmas Helicopter

The countdown is on, the holidays are almost upon us.  There is already a winter chill in the air and Jack Frost is nipping at all of our toes.  Decorations are being hung and Christmas tree lots are springing up everywhere.  The Christmas season and holidays around this time of year are truly about giving and looking at the sheer joy in someone’s face as you have shared some holiday charity with them. Since you are reading this blog it can be assumed that you or someone that you love has a deep interest in helicopter skiing or snowboarding.  Imagine this…

Imagine the look of surprise when your loved one opens up a gift beneath the tree to find a polar fleece Arcteryx Great Canadian Heli Skiing fleece shirt inside. They are sure to try it on for size right there and then and they might start to imagine all those steeps and deeps.

Now imagine them crying with happiness when they find out they got it because it means you bought them a heli ski trip of a lifetime!

Amazement…Shock…Joy…these words best describe the feelings that a loved one would have if you put them in that situation.

When it comes to gift giving, memories last a lifetime and they tend to be the best gifts you can give.  If your loved one is hooked on the sport then maybe you should give the gift of helicopter skiing down some of the best powdery slopes ever.

Our staff of helicopter pilots and ski guides can help make their dreams come true. You can also rest safely knowing that each night they will be staying in a warm and comfortable room in our lodge with a staff of chefs and hospitality professionals at their fingertips.  This means that they will be treated as family and we will make sure they are well fed and ready for each day on those gorgeous mountains.

If this has pulled on your heart strings and you know that your loved one will remember this forever then we suggest calling Deane at 250.344.2326 midweek or contacting us through our email at  info@canadianheli-skiing.com in order to know more or arrange the purchase of a gift certificate.

With your minimum purchase of a  $1000 gift certificate towards one our heli skiing packages you will receive an arcteryx fleece sweater. We will mail you the arteryx fleece with our logo so you can put it under your Christmas Tree or come up with your own way to surprise your loved one over the holidays.

Here are some sample packages

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/2-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/3-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/4-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/5-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/6-day-heliskiing-package/

 

Here is how to book:

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/how-to-book/

Wow a Heli-Skiing Trip for Christmas

Wow a Heli-Skiing Trip for Christmas

A great heli ski gift under the Christmas tree

A great heli ski gift under the Christmas tree

Can I please get a Heli-Skiing trip for Christmas?

Posted by & filed under Specials, Uncategorized.

 

Christmas Helicopter

Christmas Helicopter

Thanks for taking the not too subtle hint of my passion for heli skiing seriously!

Great Canadian Heli Skiing that has been in operation for over 25 years offers many great packages that would make this Christmas the best one ever!

Here’s the scoop…

Ski Packages start at $3710.oo plus applicable taxes and they include accommodation at gorgeous Heather Mountain Lodge, delicious meals to me warm and full of energy for those fun filled ski runs, small group sizes with talented ski guides and of course UNLIMITED VERTICAL!

I suggest calling Deane at (250) 344.2326  or contacting Great Canadian Heli Skiing at their email  info@canadianheli-skiing.com in order to know more or arrange the purchase of a package or a gift certificate.

With a minimum purchase of a  $1000 gift certificate towards one their heli skiing packages I will receive an arcteryx fleece sweater. They will mail  the arteryx fleece with their logo so you can put it under the Christmas Tree or come up with your own way to surprise me!

Thanks so much… I will remember it forever!

Here are some sample packages

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/2-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/3-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/4-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/5-day/

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/6-day-heliskiing-package/

 

Here is how to book:

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/how-to-book/

 

Wow a Heli-Skiing Trip for Christmas

Wow a Heli-Skiing Trip for Christmas

A great heli ski gift under the Christmas tree

A great heli ski gift under the Christmas tree

 

 

Why you should bring a camera heli skiing

Posted by & filed under Heli Skiing Clothing Gear, Heliskiing.

It has been said by many that “a great picture says a thousand words.”

It can evoke feelings that provoke the senses.  Photos can capture the feelings associated with a stitch of time that cannot be recreated.  So why is this important when it comes to heli skiing?

We urge you to bring along your DSLR cameras, video equipment, Go Pro helmet and pole mounted cameras and your hopefully waterproof and cold resistant point and shoot cameras when coming on an adventure with us.  You may just capture some of the most mesmerizing photos and videos that you will ever take.

At Great Canadian Heli Skiing we help our clients live out their dreams and we are in the business of helping our clients create some of their most exciting memories that they will have in their lifetimes.

It is great to talk about these memories over a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night a few years later, but with so much digital photography equipment at your disposal, it would be even nicer to pull out some shots that will shock and amaze your friends for years to come.

Recently, local photographer Bruno Long that is from Revelstoke shared with us that he ended up with his photo on the cover of Backcountry Magazine.  It is an amazing silhouetted uphill shot of Jake Teuton in some deep powder as he descends some of the steeps that our guides took them to when they visited us. It truly captures the tranquility that experienced from a remote mountain location and the exhilaration of first tracks that heli skiing can provide.

Bruno Long photo featuring Great Canadian Heli Skiing terrain

Bruno Long photo featuring Great Canadian Heli Skiing terrain

 

So if you are a budding shutterbug or a seasoned photographer that cleans your lenses every night in hopes that you will take amazing pics the next day, we may have just what you are looking for.

You can capture sensational photos that will cause your friends jaws to drop when they see them.

If you are really lucky and you are dedicated to becoming a published photographer for skiing and snowboarding, we urge you to practice your craft with us this season.

You will find more information in our packages section of the website below

http://canadianheli-skiing.com/flexible-packages/

 

 

 

 

We are preparing for an Epic Ski Season in 2014

Posted by & filed under Heliskiing, Newsletter.

The Season for Heli Skiing is fast approaching and Great Canadian Heli Skiing is preparing for an even better season in 2014!

Early Snowfall in Heli Skiing Country has dumped an impressive amount of snow on our property and more importantly, the surrounding mountains!

How do we go about preparing for an epic season though?

Well it all starts with shovelling out the driveway…

Driveway 2014 Heli Ski

Driveway 2014 Heli Ski

The next big job was to clear some snow for the heli pad.

Clearing Heli Pad

Clearing Heli Pad

After that we went inside and did some painting and started to set up our ski store.

Heather Mountain Heli 2014

Heather Mountain Heli 2014

The next job was to sit back and relax and take in those mountains and dream about all of the great Heli skiing that we will be providing over 2014.

Sit back and relax Heli

Sit back and relax Heli