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Europe vs Canada web cams on Dec 1st – it’s grass vs powder!

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This morning I came across a great blog post from the team at Non-Stop Adventure, a company that offers a massive range of snowboard and ski instructor courses, training camps and holidays. If you are looking at becoming a ski/snowboard instructor, or just want to take your riding to the next level, check them out!

Their blog looks at the difference in current conditions between Western Canada and Europe. To our European brothers and sisters, we hope that you will get some powder soon! If not, we have plenty to share and welcome you to join us for some resort skiing and of course some mind blowing heli-skiing! In our heli skiing terrain, we already have a 2 metre BASE!

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The following is taken from the Non-Stop Adventure Blog:

Europe and Canada, homes of the heavyweights of world ski resorts, face another season under the critical eye of the ski and snowboard travelling public. Already it seems that Europe is against the ropes…

It’s only the 1st of December, but already fears are starting to rise about the snow conditions in Europe this winter. Following a disappointing season last year, hope is starting to dwindle that this year will be any better.

However, things are looking far more optimistic on the other side of the Atlantic, with the second “La Nina” winter in a row. The Western Canadian resorts in BC and Alberta have been absolutely pounded with snow over the last month. Many of resorts are already in full swing, with powder days aplenty, and the snow isn’t showing any signs of letting up.

Whistler November PowWhistler pow, in November! (Photo: Michael Neumann www.whistlerblackcomb.com)

The contrast between European and Western Canadian resorts at the moment is stark. Here are a few webcam shots from some of the bigger resorts. Pictures speak a thousand words!

EUROPE on 1st December 2011:

Meribel webcam 1st Dec 2011Meribel, France

Courchevel webcam 1st Dec 2011Courchevel, France

Morzine webcam 1st Dec 2011Morzine, France

Val d'Isere webcam 1st Dec 2011Val d’Isere, France

Chamonix webcam 1st Dec 2011Chamonix, France

St Anton webcam 1st Dec 2011St Anton, Austria

Soll webcam 1st Dec 2011Soll, Austria

Hintertux webcam 1st Dec 2011Hintertux, Austria

Verbier webcam 1st Dec 2011Verbier, Sitzerland

CANADA at dawn on 1st December 2011:

Fernie webcam 1st Nov 2011Fernie, BC, Canada

Whistler webcam 1st Nov 2011Whistler, BC, Canada

Red Mountain webcam 1st Nov 2011Red Mountain, BC, Canada

Sunshine Village webcam 1st Nov 2011Sunshine Village, Banff, AB, Canada

Lake Louise webcam 1st Nov 2011Lake Louise, Banff, AB, Canada

Mount Norquay webcam 1st Nov 2011Mount Norway, Banff, AB, Canada

Although Europe has had a particularly warm November, with very little precipitation, there is hope for some snow this weekend, with a cold snap on its way in. There’s definitely some catching up to do if the big European resorts want to open on time. Fingers crossed!

Without doubt though, Canada is the place to be this season if you’re looking for a powder fix! At the moment it’s looking like the snow will just keep on coming.

Find out more about Canadian ski and snowboard holidays, powder camps and improvement courses here.

Guten tag Deutsche! Cheap Flights to Calgary & Pulverschnee!

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Liebe Great Canadian Freunde und Heli-Skier/boarder,

Lufthansa flight to come heli skiingWow – Lufthansa hat eine Nordamerika Aktion gestartet – mit Sonderpreisen für Flüge nach Calgary!

Wer noch bis zum 29. November bucht fliegt von Januar bis März 2012 ab 599 Euros nach Calgary.

Genauere Informationen findest Du hier:  http://www.lufthansa.com/de/de/Discover-the-world-guenstige-Lufthansa-Fluege-Nordamerika

Nur zur Information:
Wir bekommen gerade Unmengen an Schnee. Es schneit bereits seit vier Tagen durch. Wir haben schon jetzt fast 2 Meter Snowbase in den Bergen. Und das ist erst der Anfang!

PULVERSCHNEE! This heliskiing photo was taken during La Niña last year....it could be YOU this year. :)PULVERSCHNEE! This heliskiing photo was taken during La Niña last year….it could be YOU this year. :)

Dieser Winter soll ein neuer „La Niña” Winter werden. Letztes Jahr während „La Niña” hatten wir dermaβen viel Schnee, dass wir Gebiete fahren konnten die wir schon seit 10 Jahren nicht mehr hatten.

Wie wir hören liegt in den Alpen zur Zeit noch nicht viel. Wie schaut’s aus? Klingt Heli-Skiing mit uns und „La Niña” nicht besser als zu Hause zu bleiben mit „La Nada”?

Wir würden uns freuen wenn Du mit uns den tiefen, trockenem, kanadischem Pulverschnee genieβt!

Powder at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - a good place to go before heli skiing

Powder at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - a good place to go before heli skiing

New Current Photos From Our Mountains!

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Heliskiing Guide GG at Rogers Pass BC with TransCanada in backgroundHead Guide GG in Rogers Pass with the TransCanada visible in background. Photo: Mark Klassen

Head heli skiing guide Greg Golovach was out in the mountains checking on conditions and doing some skiing.

Greg said that conditions were “awesome” especially since it’s only November. He hit up the Rogers Pass area which is famous for its relatively easy access to the backcountry and amazing quantities of quality, DRY, powder. Places like Whistler and Mt Baker might be gettting tons of snow too, but the quality just doesn’t compare. Rogers Pass is only a 15-20 minute drive from our heliski lodge, so we get plenty of that snow!

Since taking these photos on Friday, the region has had several snowfall warnings….and there’s another one tonight calling for another +20cm!

Heliskiing Guide GG at Rogers Pass, BC, CanadaHeliskiing Guide GG letting rip at Rogers Pass.     Photo: Mark Klassen