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3 Hottest Ski Gear Trends for 2017

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What a time to be alive! The latest and greatest in ski gear technology just gets better, sleeker and smarter.  The upcoming winter gear is no exception.  We’re chomping at the bit to get our hands on these.  And better yet, these will be for sale at our retail store in Heather Mountain Lodge!  Here’s the top 3 trends we can’t wait to play with:

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1. GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session

Those who have visited our terrain know that those views are worth sharing.  The latest way to capture those deep turns in the trees or the expansive glacier views is with the latest action camera, the GoPro Hero 5 Black or Hero 5 Session.  These bad boys feature exciting updates like voice control in seven languages (we won’t judge you for talking to your camera, but your friends might), 4k video resolution at 30 frames per second, and a cloud service that GoPro has developed to upload your video into the cloud. No doubt these will be an amazing addition to your season!

2. Smith ChromaPop Lenses

Visuals are crucial when you are picking the freshest lines.  The Smith ChromaPop Lens enhances visual clarity, provides greater definition, and better reveals natural color in a full range of weather conditions wherever you are on the mountain. These lenses cut out the colour-clutter for your brain by filtering light in two specific wavelenghths (yay science!).  The clarity you get will be a sharper, and a faster visual range for your brain to register during use.  We’re not saying these lenses will give you superpowers… but it’s the closest you might get to x-ray vision!

3. Arcteryx Winter Lookbook

Featuring imagery from one of the closest towns to our lodge, Revelstoke BC, Arc’teryx has a new lookbook that is sure to inspire some of our heli-ski wear.  New bright colours like “Fennel” or “Magma” are sure to keep you seen as you hurdle down that pillow field.  With lighter fabrics that still hold warmth, everything from jackets to midlayers to pants will keep you comfortable for all those #unlimitedvertical runs.

*Bonus: the look book itself features friend of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Christina Lustenberger and our backyard, Rogers Pass.

 

Train Like a Guide! The Ultimate Heli-Ski Workout.

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Ever wonder how our guides get in top shape for the heli-skiing season? Their workout routines are designed to get those ski muscles primed for unlimited vertical.  So we asked our guide Stan “The Power Tool” Metcalfe  to give us a demo of what he recommends for a great heli-ski workout.  As a physiotherapist, this guy knows his stuff and has broken down an awesome circuit to follow before your trip,  so the only shaky legs will be from the thrill and excitment of skiing the best powder on the planet.

This workout can be done 2-3 times per week, and to raise the bar you can add a half hour of cardio (jogging, biking etc).   This circuit has 3 parts, do each exercise for 30 seconds then take 10 seconds rest.  Repeat each part 3 times before moving onto the next one.

**As with any new workout program, make sure you avoid injury or issues by consulting a physician before performing this program.

 

For a printable version of this circuit, click here.

 

 

Could you Repeat That?!

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Every summer, guides of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing head to the backcountry to make sure our heli programs run smoother than a glacier run on a bluebird day.  That means anything from brush clearing, scoping out new heli pads to retrieving runaway skis, poles, or snowboards.

In our most recent round of backcountry maintenance, lead guide Rob found himself in his element: alone with a thermos of coffee, a sandwich and a stylish hat on top of a mountain range.

Rob was checking in on our radio repeater, which rests in between the Spinster and Cupola terrain zones.  The repeater is a crucial part of Great Canadian’s communications, keeping everyone loud and clear as the groups check in with each other.

Hard to stay focused with a view like this!

Our mighty terrain looks like it’s missing something….

Rob in his element.

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The Great Canadian Radio Repeater, all tuned up and ready to go for 2017!