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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 la station de ski Kicking Horse. 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.


“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
    neige. Once they get to a certain depth, the snow will push the skis back towards the
  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!”


When to Book a Heli-ski Holiday

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When it comes to planning a heli-ski holiday, the question to ask is rarely “Pourquoi?”, it’s “When?”

One of the most common concerns that our guests have is when the BEST time is to book. Along with some great answers on our FAQ page regarding this, we tend to answer that question with another one:

“What type of skiing do you like?”

What kind of heli-skier are you?

Telling us as much information as possible about your preferences, abilities and expectations allows us to not only get to know you better, we are able to truly advise you the best possible dates for what you’ve described and what we have available. Being a boutique operator along with 30 years of experience, we have the knowledge and attention to detail that simply can’t be matched by larger operators. We quickly get to know you on a first name basis, and can spend the time to take care of you!

Donc, when you tell us you want to ski as much Vertical illimité as possible, we’ll suggest March with longer days and lengthier runs. If you have a love for steep trees and pillow fields, earlier in the season, like December or January would be ideal. Looking for the best of both? Bien, mid season is the time for you, however we’d recommend a longer trip of 3+ days to give you the best chance to see multiple weather systems. Are you a fair weather skier and prefer warmer days than frigid ones? Mid to late season will keep your toes warm, but snow cold. If you are a first timer and need a more gentle introduction to heli-skiing? March will be ideal for glacier skiing where you have plenty of visibility and time to master the powder technique.

In the end, we choose our season based on the best possible dates for epic powder December through to April. The more we know about when you’re looking at dates, the better your holiday!

Speaking of which….

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