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newsletter – may 2013

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Conquering your Bucket List

lone skier

Dream Less, Live More

Teddy airborne

So did you do it? Did you do something awesome this year, check something off your bucket list, challenge yourself to live out one of life’s dreams, or simply make a life defining memory with college ski buddies or reconnect with your teenage kids? Congratulations to all of you that took that step and made it happen; I hope you are already planning your next adventure. For those of you who didn’t or couldn’t, just remember Next Year, Turns into the Next Year very quickly. So make Next Year, This Year, NOW.

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing 2013

Toronto crew enjoying the view
Mark and Neil
Dinner time

We had a record number of guests making Great Canadian Heli-Skiing happen this year, hosting the most customers ever in our 25 Year History. We got to share in 65th birthday parties, honeymoons, graduation rewards, executive retreats, customer appreciation celebrations, industry networking, anniversaries and even the opportunity for our mountains to be a memorial for great lives lived. We have a big and fascinating family at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. We even did some heli-skiing, well actually a lot of heli-skiing. There was only one full down day all winter long, and some big vertical days some even more than 13,000 vertical metres (43,000 vertical feet). We discovered several new runs, which is impressive considering we have been playing in the same terrain for 25 years. But most importantly, we were able to spend more time with those of you that keep coming back, and made many new friendships. A big thank-you is owed to our guiding team and pilots, for another year of exceptional Safety and Service. Also we appreciate so much how hard our Lodge staff works to take care of all the behind the scenes details to sure you are dined, rested and having fun while you are not skiing. Of course all of this would not even happen if you hadn’t spoke to Deane and her smiling voice at our office. Most importantly, we thank all of you that joined us this winter to some Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.

Mario Vogler’s video: Toys for Boyz

New 2013 Guest Video

If you have not had enough winter yet, or simply want to get stoked for next year, we have some eye candy for you. If you are looking to see some thrills and spills Check out this new video that our Swiss friend Mario Vogler made from his trip to Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. Get so stoked during the section when they are straight lining down the mountain, Pure Fun. Or if you want to see how the Weiss family has made skiing and heli-skiing at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing a part of their lives check out Kayli and Danny’s video.

New cabins, interior

Summer 2013 and 2014 Improvements

What comes now that the lodge is closed down (due to lack of skiers, not lack of snow)? We have a basement renovation started, some landscaping to our two new cabins, planning for further room improvements and new massage rooms for the 2014 winter, not to mention getting ready for our summer lodge guests and weddings.

My Surfing Holiday

There is always so much work to do that the off season can seem as busy, or busier, than the operational season. I am sure you can relate to how the years fly by as you try to keep up with life. Finding time for family and personal goals can be difficult. So as I badger each of one you and challenge you to “act now” and check off your bucket lists, I try to practice what I preach. I am heading off today to pursue the perfect surf wave and my journey towards getting tubed surfing. As an intermediate surfer, I often relate to those of you who are new to heli-skiing, as I worry about my surfing fitness, or if I have the right equipment, or what I need to do to get better, or if I am going to be capable (not kill myself) on the waves that I am going to visit. Even more challenging is that stress of just taking the time to try and get away, it always feels like the week before leaving is twice as busy, but I do it because I know how rewarding that feeling is when the wave is caught. The moment that will replay in my mind when I need to reassure myself that I am still living life. So if you caught your own epic moment surfing, skiing, travelling… this last year, or have some good surfing advice for me on how to get barrelled and not die – drop me a line. I would love to hear your story.

Well time to go on my vacation, I will be thinking of you, but more importantly I will be spending time with my family and chasing my surfing dreams, so that I am fired up to come back and start working on making 2014 the best holiday of your life. For those of you booked already I look forward to sharing my surfing stories with you next winter. For those of you not booked, make sure you are signed up so you don’t miss out. If checking off a bucket list item is not motivating enough, maybe knowing that British Columbia has changed its taxes and heli-skiing just became 3.5-7% less expensive will help.

Make it happen. Call Deane at 1.866.424.4354 or email her at info@canadianheli-skiing.com and make 2014 the most epic winter of your life.

Happy holidays.

Greg Porter