What is
Unlimited
Vertical?

All heli-skiing operations will guarantee a certain amount of vertical feet/metres. At Great Canadian, we offer a generous amount of vertical (e.g. 30,500m/100,000ft for a week long trip).

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Guides & Pilots

Our Guides

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing holds your safety as our #1 priority. Our guides are experienced and certified professionals (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Canadian Ski Guide Association and International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations). They are all trained in snow safety, weather analysis, and emergency medical techniques and mechanized ski guiding. You know you are in safe hands since all of our guides have, at the very least, +10 years of experience out in the field. Day by day they will find the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.

  • Name: Greg Golovach
  • Nickname: G.G.
  • Position: Head Guide
  • Guiding Since: 1985
  • Guiding with GCH since: 1990
  • Qualifications: Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (A.C.M.G,) and International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (I.F.M.G.A.) Mountain Guide
  • Home Town: Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • Home Resort: Great Canadian Heli-Skiing!
  • Languages Spoken: English, Russian, French
Greg Golovach

Greg Golovach has been guiding since 1985 and at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing since 1990! Greg is a fully certified I.F.M.G.A. Mountain Guide and became a professional guide “because he could not imagine doing anything else for a living”. Greg’s passion for guiding is evident: not only is he a heli-ski guide, he also guides ski touring, ice climbing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Safety is Greg’s #1 concern. A true man of the mountains, when asked what his dreams are, Greg unequivocally states, “I’m living my dream.” When not guiding, Greg spends his time enjoying the outdoors with his three adorable children, Hunter, Bryce & Tia.

If you are interested in doing any climbing, touring or mountaineering, check out Greg’s website: www.alpineadventureguide.com

  • Name: Rob Dalinghaus
  • Nickname:
  • Position: Operations Manager
  • Guiding Since: 1991
  • Guiding with GCH since: 1992
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Great Canadian Heli-skiing
  • Languages Spoken: English and basic German

Inspired by friends in Grindelwald, Switzerland where he worked as a ski tech, Rob has guided since 1991 and at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing since 1992.

After putting his Aircraft Maintenance career on the back burner in 2002, Rob has worked year-round for Great Canadian as Operations Manager. In general, Rob takes care of all the various things that need taking care of. He admits that although there were aspects of his former full-time career he really liked, he feels that “the current arrangement keeps me around the people and the sport I love”.
Happily married to another GCH Ski Guide, Sue Gould, he lists children Keelan and Neva as his other interests.

  • Name: Dave Rutherford
  • Nickname: “D.R.”
  • Position: Lead Guide
  • Years Guiding: 10
  • Years at GCH: 8
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English

“I have been guiding in and around Golden for 10 years, 8 of these with Great Canadian Heliskiing. Previous to this I ski patrolled and did avalanche forecasting in the Canadian Rockies for 10 years. In the winter when I am not guiding for Great Canadian I guide ski mountaineering and ski touring. Summers are spent surfing as much as possible.

My certification includes ACMG Ski Guide and Professional Membership in the Canadian Avalanche Association. My favorite part of guiding, other than epic deep powder, is sharing guests “Best Day Ever” – on any day!”

Dave holds a B.A. in Geography. His favourite type of day is a snowy day in January at -10 degrees and skiing the steep and deep trees (like Velcro, Big O, etc). First tracks are always a bonus!

  • Name: Terry Makos
  • Nickname: “T.M.”… and any witty terms about his perfect hair
  • Position: Customer Service Specialist
  • Years Guiding: 20
  • Years at GCH: 15
  • Qualifications:
  • Home Town: Kaleden, BC, Canada
  • Home Resort: Apex Mountain Resort, BC, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English

Terry’s been guiding 20 years and has been guiding with GCH for 15 years. When he’s not guiding you’ll find Terry running his highly successful business Footworks, where he provides high performance ski boot fitting and dispenses prescription orthotics for guides, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. TM is our resident oenophile: he’s always looking for a good Shiraz to share with guests at Heather Mountain Lodge! When he’s not working, TM enjoys windsurfing and has a passion for fly fishing and wine.

  • Name: J. Alison Dakin
  • Nickname: “Al”
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 1992
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2007
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English

My early years of guiding were non-mechanized ski touring, mostly lodge based. I sold my ski touring business, and my job in 2006, and thought it was time for a change. I began working part time with Great Canadian Heliskiing in 2007, which soon morphed into a full winter season. After many winters, guiding at GCH has only become more fun. It is a great team to work with, awesome terrain, and the best ski conditions of anywhere. It doesn’t get any better for an office.
Certifications:
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides –  Ski Guide / Hiking Guide
Canadian Avalanche Association – Affiliate Member
Best Ski Days: Having a cohesive fun group that wants to ski and have a great time. Some epic snow is always a bonus.
  • Name: Sue Gould
  • Nickname: Suzy Q
  • Position: Assistant Ski Guide
  • Years Guiding: 16
  • Years at GCH: 15
  • Qualifications: ACMG Assistant Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English

Sue has been guiding for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing since 1996. She can also be found guiding ski touring and teaching avalanche courses around the province. Not wanting to limit herself, she also teaches piano, conducts and directs a children’s choir, performs classical and jazz piano with different groups around BC and Alberta and has been recently appointed Programming Assistant for Kicking Horse Culture, Golden’s local arts council.

Sue likes to feel the love. Her love of the mountains is only surpassed by the love of her 2 kids, Keelan, 13 and Neva, 10. Her other loves? Mountain biking, rock climbing, a really good tequila and her husband Rob Dalinghaus.

  • Name: Kristina Metzlaf
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding Since:  2000
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2011
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G. Ski Guide and C.S.I.A. Level 2 Instructor
  • Home Town: Revelstoke, Canada
  • Home Resort: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Kristina Metzlaftracks

I love skiing powder and I love guiding.
Grew up in Calgary and now live in Revelstoke. It has been an awesome ride along the way.
Can’t wait for next season (and for my tomatoes to ripen).

 

  • Name: Sylvia Forest
  • Nickname: “Syl”
  • Position:  Guide
  • Guiding since: 1995
  • Guiding with GCH since: 1998 (for a few weeks each season)
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Mountain Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English

I started heli ski guiding at Great Canadian in the late 1990’s.  From 1990-2013 I was also employed by Parks Canada as a full-time mountain rescue specialist, and from 2005-2013 managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier National Park, which is adjacent to the Great Canadian tenure. Having retired from Parks fall of 2013, I will be at Great Canadian more regularly, and am really looking forward to the coming seasons!  As a mountain guide, I also guide during the summer months. I am a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and often teach avalanche courses for them. Guiding at Great Canadian is fun and rewarding.  It is very cool to spend time in the mountains with people who love to be there too.  Great skiing is also a bonus!  Sylvia holds a B.Sc. in Physical Geography.

  • Name: Stan Metcalfe
  • Nickname: Power Tool
  • Guiding since:  2007
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2012
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide, CAA professional member.
  • Home Town: Golden, B.C.
  • Home resort: GCH / Rogers Pass / Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English, French

Stan Metcalfe

Stan’s love of sliding on snow began with family skiing in the Alberta Rockies. After completing university, he lived and skied around B.C. and the Columbia Mountains and finally settled into Golden, a hub of great skiing. Ski guiding came naturally to Stan as the balance between needing to work and ski all winter. It is the best solution for an incorrigible ski bum. When not skiing, Stan works as a Physiotherapist in Golden. He has a wife and two kids at home and is holding tightly to the title of the third best skier in the household.

Favorite Run: 40 Watt on a deep snowy day; Bodacious when the weather clears enough.

  • Name: Charles Gerrard
  • Nickname: Chucky
  • Guiding since: 2014
  • Guided with GCH since: 2014
  • Position: apprentice guide (snowboard primarily)
  • Qualifications: Apprentice Snowboard Guide, CASI 4
  • Home town: Golden BC
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain
  • Language: English, French

Charles Gerrard

“I have been living and working in Golden for the past 7 years and in Western Canada for the past 19.  I am new to the guiding industry but have been immersed in the snow industry for 20 odd year through experiences in Switzerland, France, Andorra, New Zealand and Canada. I have worked as custodian/carpenter to back-country huts, taught snowboarding, competed in snowboarding,  coaching clubs across western Canada and New Zealand. I evaluate and train snowboard instructors,  and am currently just chasing dreams of great lines far from the general thoroughfares.  Summers are a mixed bag of projects that include climbing, biking, mountaineering, carpentry, building splitboards….the list tends to drag on.
My favorite part of guiding is the adventure, and individuality of every trip, every day……not much stays the same out there.”

Our Pilots

At Great Canadian Heli-Skiing we use the ultimate heli-skiing machine, the AStar B2. These are powerful, very comfortable helicopters, ideal for mountain flying. In order to fly and maintain these awesome machines, we employ an engineer who lives on-site as well as ‘high-hour’, mountain-trained pilots supplied by Coldstream Helicopters. Coldstream has a huge amount of experience and expertise in working in the mountains. They have extensive infrastructure to ensure the rigorous maintenance schedule and safety inspections required for helicopters. When out in the field, our team of pilots are in constant contact with each other as well as with our lodge and office. Each helicopter is equipped with First Aid and Trauma kits, AED Defibrillators, GPS, Satellite Tracking System, VHF/UHF Radio as well as Satellite Radio. Your safety is our #1 priority.

  • Name: Dirk DeBie
  • Nickname: Dirk Diggler
  • Position: Pilot
  • Years Flying: 12 years – 7 years in Golden
  • Years Flying at GCH: 6 seasons at GCH
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English

Dirk, Coldstream Helicopter’s Golden Base Manager, has a pretty impressive helicopter skiing resume. Before becoming a pilot, Dirk was a ski guide with Great Canadian for 10 years! In fact, he has been with us since the company’s inception in 1988. After a decade of guiding, he jumped from the guide’s seat to the pilot’s and has been flying ever since. Dirk lives in Golden, BC with his son Thomas.

  • Name: Cathy Moore
  • Nickname: C2
  • Position: Pilot
  • Years Flying: 20+
  • Years Flying at GCH: 6
  • Home Town: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English

Cathy Moore has been working in the helicopter industry for over 20 years! She no longer says just how long, as that would indicate just how old she is! Cathy has worked mostly in B.C., Alberta and the Northern Territories with a variety of other jobs that have taken her as far east as Goose Bay. With all that variety of jobs and locations, she is still determined that GCH is “THE” best place to fly with the best guiding and lodge staff available. Cathy has been known to smile (though you have to watch for it) and will not tell us what her latest nickname of C2 (C squared) stands for. Her time is divided by her family in Canmore, Alberta and her time flying with GCH. She is always in motion; ranging from skiing at Lake Louise to helping run the dogs at the family kennels.