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- Tuesday January 1, 2013
Brian – A Heli – Skiing Devotee
December 31st - New Year's Eve - Skiing with Brian from the Eastern USWeather was threatening to blow in, yet the ridge of high pressure kept any precipitation at bay - we were informed that this was to be the weather for the coming days as well. Based on reports from Canadian Avalanche Association the guides pull up of every morning as part of their routine, the day's strategies are being conceived as the morning unfolds.Game Plan? Well! Decisions are made in the air with the lead guides at the helm. The Spinster Creek area is part of Great Canadian's Heli-skiing tenure. It's located NW of Heather Mountain Lodge by a fair distance. There, 6 groups of clients skied terrain and areas that are seldom skied this early in the season. An exciting day was had by all - with groups skiing upwards of 13 runs under their belts. This equates to 35,000 vertical feet, or 8550 metres. The runs average 500-900 metres. The leg burn is on! YAHHHH! The apres ski glow was on.
Coldstream Helicopter coming in for a landing amongst the snowcapped forestBrian has been in the realm of heli-skiing for at least 2 decades as well as an avid sailer, this fellow knows a thing or two about harnessing fear and channeling it into the thrill. Well versed in helicopter etiquette, he shared his preferences when asked. "I used to heli-ski in a larger helicopter, larger groups with other operators. Then, I tried an A-star and never went back. With the experience of being guided in a smaller group, accessing terrain drop off points that a smaller helicopter is capable of gave me more challenging runs and terrain to enjoy. And more powder, of course," he said with a sparkle in his eye.
Brian and new friend Hide from Japan - another devotee to Heliskiing & Wants to retire part time in Canada!Brian was referred to Great Canadian heli-skiing from a cat skiing guide in the West Kootenays. He really knows how to work the terrain and understands how to get his goals met for what he wants to ski - whilst working with and respecting what the guide asks each run. Upon discussing how to make sure you're close enough to your guide's tracks yet skiing your own line, Brian shares, "When I was a beginner, I felt I needed to be really close to my guide's tracks and stay close to his or her line, short of following in it. When I see really experienced skiers skiing right in the tracks of their guides, I think to myself, they're missing the point. We're all out here to ski our own powder. I balance listening to the guide, following instructions, meanwhile using my own skills to access the deepest powder possible. I have to say I have a great time. I don't ski at resorts - I just heli-ski and cat ski.COPY THAT! (radio jargon) As we say around here!So, from feeling cautious in the first few warm up runs to really reading the terrain and utilizing past experiences, the call to get into your own experience out heli-skiing is essential. The guides and the operation itself is set up for that. Suiting terrain to skill level, energy and fitness levels, these factors - along with the weather - are a deciding factor in any daily game plan. Once you've skied bottomless powder on the best equipment money can buy and in great helicopters, you'll be hooked too!
Cold Stream Helicopters Rocking some cool colours