- by Social Media
- Thursday December 20, 2012
Behind the Scenes: Early Season at Great Canadian Heli-Ski
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We aren't writing poetry, folks! Rob takes notes as Stan tests the snowpack.[/caption]
The day starts in the dark as guides wake early, fiddling with the espresso machine in the Lodge. The smell of fresh coffee follows us out to the Guides Shack where the morning meeting begins. Warm light from the porch creates an orange glow on the snow falling steadily on the forest and the helicopter parked outside. Early season is all about preparation. That perfect powder you crave falls in layer cake complexity, forming a snowpack that we study and observe continuously throughout the year. Our obsession is safety so that you can focus purely on the moment when you ski or ride with us.
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Sylvia throws snow while she and Stan dig a snow profile pit on Smoke.[/caption]
Digging deep into the science of snow requires the combined effort and skill of our entire guiding team. With decades of experience in the mountains, our guides are perfectly equipped to provide you with a worry-free skiing experience. We've got guides out on every line we ski measuring the evolution of the powder as the snow begins to pile up. Got questions about snow safety? We can answer them! This snow profile pit on Smoke showed us 160cm of consolidated snow, perfect for shredding turns. This year is shaping up to be a good one!
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Sylvia, Rob and Stan stomp out a landing spot on Smoke.[/caption]
So how DO we decide where to land the helicopter in the mountains? Well, the answer requires some serious stomping! That beautiful, airy powder that we all love, on its own, does not create the safest or ideal landing spots. So guides head out every day in the early season to prepare landing sites at the top, mid, and bottom of all the areas we ski and ride. Compacting the snow with skis, boots, and shovels creates a firm and safe landing area for our helicopters. Every pad is marked with dark stakes to provide reference points for our skilled mountain pilots. Our passion is skiing long beautiful powder lines and doing it safely!
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The light shifts and the landscape glows. We love our jobs![/caption]
Its never all work out there! The breathtaking views we get while we're up preparing the lines for you are some of the best in the world. The mountains are where we work and play, and we love them. Come and see for yourself why this place is so special to us!
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The light leaves as the day draws to an end. Perfect finish down Drop Zone![/caption]
The last run of the day is perfect powder. Drop Zone is creamy all the way to the creek!