One of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing’s Lead Guides and our Operations Manager, Rob Dalinghaus, spent a fair bit of time researching the various types of avalanche transceivers on the market today.
Rob knew that the ideal choice would be a beacon that was very accurate, yet simple to use. To that end, he opted for the Tracker2 from Backcountry Access. The Tracker2 actually has THREE antenna, making searching that much faster and accurate.
Backcountry Access are renowned leaders and pioneers in snow safety. In fact, they spend more money on research than they do on marketing their products! Like here at Great Canadian, safety is the #1 priority at Backcountry Access before anything else. BCA supply many reputable heli-skiing operations and ski patrols with their safety products.
Do a Combo tour at Great Canadian that combines heliskiing with resort skiing (Kicking Horse Mountain Resort) and/or catskiing at Chatter Creek. Photo: Dylan Page.
There’s a great article on cat-skiing at nearby Chatter Creek and heli-skiing with us at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. Author Bernard Krieger visited the Golden / Revelstoke region and sampled one of our exciting packages: a combination tour that includes several days of cat-skiing at Chatter Creek with several days of heli-skiing at Great Canadian. For more on the Combos visit our “Packages” pages.
December 2010 was the 3rd snowiest on record for some of us out on the BC coast, making it tough for anyone to leave for the holidays. Oddly enough, we didn’t have the slightest problem leaving, but it might have had something to do with helicopters, fresh pow and king crab legs waiting for us on the other side of Rogers Pass. Yep – Great Canadian Heli-Skiing delivered once again.
The Crew in the A-Star B2 Helicopter
Arriving from all angles, myself, Jordan Manley, Daryl Treadway, and Leah Evans all converged upon Heather Mountain Lodge and called it home for the final days of 2010. And why wouldn’t we? Cool staff, the best steak I’ve had in years, hot tubbin’, and a helicopter in our front yard. Too bad we couldn’t call it home forever.
Heli Ski Guide Rob with Daryl Treadway and Leah Evans
But we weren’t just there to stuff our faces (well I wasn’t anyway), we were on a mission to find some sunshine and pow, and photo-document the high alpine radness that Great Canadian has in their tenure. Conditions for the first 2 days were a little bit ‘milkbird’, but I could care less, knowing that Great Canadian’s sub-alpine burnt tree and pillow skiing is really where it’s at. And boasting a 98% fly day percentage, we knew we’d be up in the bird either way… even hanging out of it at one point (wait for the photos in next year’s magazines, crossing fingers).
Daryl Treadway getting over the head shots!
For day 3 the weather went crispy cold and clear, so it was time to pitter patter and get on at’er. We hadn’t seen the alpine on our last trip to the region, so jaws were dropping and cameras were clicking as we buzzed through the tenure. Avalanche conditions weren’t dreamy enough for us to head for the big lines, but the flight left plenty to my imagination for next time… and the next time. Instead we hit some mellower pow and milked it the only way we know how, faceshot after faceshot. It turns out -20 ain’t that bad when the sun’s out and your skiing pow, and you can always break dance until the heli shows up. Right Leah?
We found the pow, saw the peaks, devoured steak and crabs, and ended 2010 in style. Mission accomplished? I think so, now we’ll just wait till fall to see if the images in print are as good as the ones in my head.