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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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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.

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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.

 

Before You Heli Ski, Here’s How To Ski Powder

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If you are new to Heli Skiing and only just beginning to think of moving away from the groomers and into some seriously deep powder, you need to make sure that you are ready for this thrilling sport.  That means mastering the art of skiing in deep powder, because we are located on the Powder Highway and it’s going to be more snow than you’ve ever seen before!

To make the most of your time in the powder and to ensure you get as much out of your trip as possible, we’ve asked Guy Hetherington to break it down for us.  As the Director of ALLTRACKS Academy, CSIA level 4 examiner, self confessed powder junkie, and Head Coach for their ski instructor courses and off piste camps, he knows his stuff.  Here’s his breakdown of how to master thigh high powder.

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“Many skiers on our ski instructor courses and off-piste ski camps are very competent on the groomers, but when they ski in deep powder they lose all control and technique. It is not that skiing powder is a different sport, so why does this seem to happen to so many people? When you ski deep powder on the Heli Skiing trip, you are not riding on the snow,
you are riding in it!


As the video demonstrates, the number-one technique you need to learn to overcome this is “Cresting”. Cresting is the ability to bring your skis up above the surface of the snow, in
order to turn them more easily. Mastering Cresting means you will able to ride deep powder snow on the Heli Skiing trip, just as well as a groomer. Follow my simple seven-step Cresting guide before your Heli Skiing trip to ensure you get the most out of those powder days:

  1. Find a relatively gentle slope with deep snow.
  2. Ski in a straight line.
  3. Once you have gathered some momentum, start bouncing – pushing your skis into the
    snow. Once they get to a certain depth, the snow will push the skis back towards the
    surface.
  4. When you feel the “push back”, give into it, pulling your knees up towards your chest.
  5. Repeat this action to establish a rhythmical flow. This is the most important lesson for all
    powder skiers.
  6. The last technique is to simply add direction change. The timing of the direction change is critical. It needs to happen when the skis are at their highest point.
  7. Add in a pole plant and you will find that turning left and right happens seamlessly.

My guide will ensure you get the most out of your Heli Skiing experience. Enjoy every moment!”