Why choose
small group
Heli-Skiing?

You will LOVE skiing in small groups! The heli-skiing new school is all about skiing in fast, agile helicopters in small and personalized groups. Once you go small, you won’t go back!

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Pilots

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 Silver King Helicopters. Silver King 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: Ryan Hinds
  • Position: Pilot
  • Flying since: 1996
  • Flying at GCH since: 2001/2002
  • Home Town: Kemano, B.C., Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese
Ryan HindsRyan Hinds

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. Ryan has combined his fondness of helicopters with the love of the mountains in his company Silver King Helicopters. Based in Smithers BC, Canada, “We are an experienced group who take pride in what we do, and it shows!”

  • Name: Mike Johnston
  • Nickname: 16 Horses
  • Position: Pilot
  • Flying since: 1999
  • Flying at GCH since: 2005
  • Home Town: Golden, BC
  • Languages Spoken: English
Mike JohnsonMike Johnson

Mike has been working in the Helicopter Industry for 15 years. He has worked a variety of jobs across Canada’s North. Now he calls Golden home with his wife and daughter. Mike is proud of the fact that his two year old daughter has already accumulated more heli-time than some of our guests. Mike is easy going and believes his helmet sticker says it all. “My life is better than your vacation.”

  • Name: Darrell Adzich
  • Nickname: The Duke
  • Position: Pilot
  • Years Flying: 25+
  • Flying at GCH since: 2014
  • Home Town: Smithers, BC
  • Languages Spoken: English
Darrell AdzichDarrell Adzich

Darrell lives in the Smithers area on their hobby farm and enjoys working with his good friends and colleagues at SilverKing Helicopters. He started flying helicopters in 1987 and has spent most of his career working in remote sites throughout northern British Columbia and the Yukon territory. For the better part of the last decade of winters, he has “snuck out of the bush” and has been enjoying the smiles and thumbs up of mountain guides and guests enjoying their heli-ski experience.
To support Darrell is his best friend and wife, Norma Jean, who keeps very busy running her own business, as well as taking care of the farm and their two daughters Tsatia and Tianna, while Darrell is away.
Darrell stays active farming as well as maintaining and enjoying the miles of private horseback, walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails that he, his wife and their dog use together daily.

  • Name: Jacob Fort
  • Position: Pilot
  • Flying since: 2002
  • Flying at GCH since: 2015
  • Home town: Bella Coola, BC
  • Languages spoken: English
Jacob FortJacob Fort

Growing up in Bella Coola, Jacob has always loved being outdoors. His parents worked in a remote fishing camp that was accessed by plane and helicopter which led him to know from an early age he wanted to fly. Now he is doing just that.
For the past 14 years he has been flying all over BC doing many types of helicopter work. He spends his summers in exploration camps flying drills and fighting forest fires. In the winters he enjoys flying heli-skiers to experience some amazing skiing and beautiful scenery. One of his favourite things is witnessing the excitement and smiles on people’s faces after a great day skiing.
When not flying Jacob can be found in Smithers with his wife Carrie and 4 children. Life for him is always busy, but he finds time to enjoy fishing, skiing, camping and mountain biking.