- by Serge
- Thursday May 30, 2019
Happy Spring from the Kootenays
ISSUE NO. 54 Spring 2019
April turned into a great month for skiing. Hope you got some in to cap off the season? Only bested by December Powder. Thank You Again for another beautiful winter. Our Team @ Great Canadian Heli-Skiing enjoyed a magical bond like no other year in over 30 years of operations. By the guest reviews, it seems like you agreed.
Looking forward to the BIG 2020! Book Now.
Shoulder season means change for us and we have moved into our new offices downtown Golden! This year we purchased the Old Courthouse and are turning it into a Coworking Space for local and visiting professionals.
"Coworking is a global movement to create innovative, collaborative and community driven workspaces that move beyond traditional work environments."
Heli-Skiing is our winter passion but in order to plan, build and experience Best Day Ever, we have set some big goals for the future. Our team has taken "Building Sustainable Mountain Communities" on as a core focus. This community includes our guests, team, and those who pass through or settle in the mountains to enjoy its wealth. We are striving to improve the economic, environmental, general health and year-round quality of life for our mountain family, and that includes you.
We have gigabit internet and a space for you to work if you want to spend a day or evening in Golden and do warm up laps at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort!
Online Store Clearance Sale
Check out the deals on Arc'teryx!
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Welcome Greg & Chantelle Scroggs:
Introducing Greg Scroggs, Director of Hospitality Operations, and Chantelle Scroggs, Operations Manager of Heather Mountain Lodge. A great addition to our team since November 2018, Greg & Chantelle bring with them many years of Food & Beverage and Hospitality/Entertainment experience in all categories, including owning and operating their own award winning gastropub, Scroggie's Grillhouse & Bar in Ontario for 13 years, along with several successful entertainment venues, and co-founding and producing one of Canada's largest and longest running music festivals. More recently, they co-owned and operated GRS Property Maintenance in Whistler, BC which specialized in both full service renovation and electrical contracting, in addition to operating a property management and cleaning service division. We look forward to many great years of upgrades to the lodge and it's services, along with creating countless BDEs with you and the GCH Team!
Where are you two from and what attracted you to the Kootenays?
Ontario! Like the rest of us :) We love the Kootenays because of its laid back vibes, and the company because of its core focus of building sustainable mountain communities!
Do you have any talents that most people don't know about?
Greg: Drumming...Toured professionally "In my younger years :)"
Chantelle...Competitive Figure Skater "In her younger years :)"
What's a goal you have for yourselves to accomplish in the next year?
Setting down deep roots in Golden BC, enjoying more of this amazing backyard, and supporting new business growth both at the lodge and throughout the community.
What are some causes you care about?
Creating sustainable communities for "Everyone".
What would be your personal mottos?
Greg: Work "Really" Hard, but Play Even Harder!
Chantelle: Live! Laugh! Love!
Sue Gould industry stats
Our Guide Manager Sue Gould was just at the Spring Heli-Cat conference. Great Canadian is a proud partner, collaborating with other operators in the industry.
Here are some stats from the entire industry in Canada last season;
Average total skiers annually - 41,457. You are one of the special few!
Average total skier days - 118,421. How many did you get in?
This is a 26 % increase in skier participation and 20% growth in skier days over the previous 3 year average!
77.6% of all guests originate from outside of Canada. Please feel free to invite us to your community :)
50% of all guests extend their stay beyond their package by an average of 3.4 days. Come check out more of what the Powder Highway has to offer!
Despite helicopter and snowcat skiing being viewed as a trip of a lifetime, 52% of helicat guests are return clientele. DID YOU BOOK YOUR 2020 YET?
Due to the multiplier effect of tourism expenditures within BC, every dollar of helicat expenditures results in an increase of $1.70 to the BC economy equalling $324.6 million in overall outputs within BC.
Thank You for supporting your mountain family!
We are grateful to have shared powerful moments with your passion. Pushing skiing and family life to new heights. Big ♥ to the Treadways.