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Great Canadian HeliSki Is Like A Porsche…

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Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines!

There are some similarities between heli-skiing and car racing. They both involve a huge adrenalin rush and fast, sexy, aerodynamic machines!

Harry's Porsche Sponsored by Great Canadian Heli-Skiing

Harry's Porsche Sponsored by Great Canadian HeliSkiing

Racing his Porsche and heli-skiing at Great Canadian are both passions of Al “Harry the Dreamer” Tiley. Despite living minutes from Alta Ski Area in Utah, famous for its dry powder, Harry often heads north to come heli-skiing with us ….sometimes making a couple trips in 1 winter such is his passion.

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing (GCH) has teamed up with Harry to sponsor his race car! This past weekend Harry and his GCH Porsche won the MPRA Driver Championship in Utah, although it was no walk in the park! On the first day of the 2 day championship Harry said “I got bumped from behind entering turn 1 (at about 165 MPH) and ended up spun into the infield. The entire field passed me by, I got back on the track and started driving…hard…Sally (his wife) watched the video, laughed through the whole thing and called it a “driving rampage”. We were able to pick off 12 cars and finished 6th…not enough points for the championship”. This meant Harry need a much better finishing position on Day 2 to win the overall Driver Championship…….the pressure was on!

To make it even more challenging for Harry, there “was the return of 3 professional drivers from the IMSA Patron, American LeMans and Grand Am series that pretty much were a lock on the first 3 finishing positions. I need a 4th place finish to win the championship and made sure I laid back in Sundays start to ensure I did not have any more turn 1 issues. Anyhow, I let about 6 cars by on Sunday’s start then once turn 1 was over, we set about to getting by all of them. We finished 4th, got the points and won the Driver Championship!” WAY TO GO HARRY!

Nice heliskiing product placement!
Nice heliskiing product placement!

Next race for Harry is this coming weekend for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey California. This will be the 1st time the event, which happens every 3 years, is being held on the West Coast.

The owners of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Greg and Maaike Porter, will be at the race cheering on Harry and his GCH Porsche!

Harry the Dreamer on heli-skiing and car racing: “The snow was magic, the guides did their usual awesome job, flying was too cool as always and the food simply the best AND…we skied 175,000 vertical feet in 6 days of nonstop deep stuff. I should mention that we have had a total of 3 hours downtime in 40 plus days at GCH. I ski Alta Utah roughly 80 days a year and I always get my fair share of the goods. People ask me why go heliskiing when you have what you’ve got at home. I tell them all that Alta is like driving a great sports car on a mountain road, GCH is like racing a Porsche race car on a great road racing track…amp it up!

Harry's Porsche Sponsored by Great Canadian HeliSkiing

Harry ripping up the track in his Great Canadian HeliSkiing Porsche

GO HARRY GO!!

Do you have a cool race car, motorbike, yacht, etc. and would like to have a cool sponsor? If so, drop us a line!

When Is The Best Time To Go Heli-Skiing?

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When is the best time to come heliskiing in British Columbia, Canada? That’s easy: ANYTIME!

Over the course of winter we experience all types of weather and snow conditions. We are lucky to have vast heliski tenure in both the Selkirk Mountains and Purcell Mountains which gives us the ability to find the best conditions for you.

Everybody has their own idea of what the best conditions are, and everyone is different. A hardcore ripper might think the best conditions for him are when it’s steep and deep. On the other end of the spectrum, someone may prefer a more leisurely pace and want to take in the beautiful surroundings.  At Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, we can cater for all desires which is much easier to accomplish in Small Groups!

The table below highlights when to come heliskiing if you prefer certain types of conditions. These guidelines can help maximize your chance of getting the conditions you want. Remember: these are guidelines and should be taken as such. If you are wanting blue skies every day and the best time to come is in April, there’s still a possibility that it can snow during the day, every day! The below are general guidelines. 

 

Month Most Likely To Have The Desired Conditions

This Month Can Also Have These Conditions

DEEEEEEP POW December & January

February

POWDER December, January, February

March & April – Still snows a lot, though not as frequently as earlier in winter, but when it does snow, it’s often a big dump overnight!

OFTEN SUNNY Late February, March & April

February

SKIING THE ALPINE March & April

February

POWDER + SUNNY February & Early March

January & March

TREE SKIING December, January, February

Early March

STEEPS December, January, February – longer, sustained pitches in beautiful glades.

March & April – shorter, steep pitches in the alpine.

Seasonal Rates – If your choice of dates depends on your budget, low season rates are available in December to early January and late March and April. For more on our rates, see the website.

GCH Teams Up With A Snow Safety Industry Leader

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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.

For technical details on the Tracker2, go here