There are good days and great days. And then there are best days ever. Those are our specialty.
GREG AND MAAIKE PORTER BOUGHT GREAT CANADIAN HELI-SKIING IN 2000, ATTRACTED TO GOLDEN’S SMALL MOUNTAIN TOWN LIFESTYLE—AND THE PERSONAL FEELING OF SMALL GROUP HELI-SKIING.
Before long, Greg and Maaike started to notice something extraordinary. Day after day, they would watch guests return from their adventures, and a pattern quickly emerged. There were lots of intense facial expressions, full body reenactments…and inadequate attempts to describe the experience and its meaning. The fact of the matter is, days up here defy description. Words often don’t quite cut it. Day after day, the best our guests tend to come up with is this: “Best Day Ever!”. Our team heard it used so many times, we eventually realized: that’s exactly what we do. We’re in the business of facilitating people’s best days ever. That’s our purpose, and our passion. What could be better than that?
Andy, Greg, Maaike and Brock
IN 2022, AFTER A REMARKABLE TENURE, THE PORTERS WERE READY TO TRANSITION TO A NEW CHAPTER OF LIFE. THEY FOUND A NATURAL SUCCESSOR TO CARRY THE BRAND FORWARD.
When Greg and Maaike began exploring what a potential sale of the business could look like, they were overwhelmed with the number of interested parties from ultra high net worth individuals to large corporations. However, there was one interested party that was different from the rest: Heli. When co-founders Andy Culp and Brock Strasbourger got wind of the opportunity to buy Great Canadian Heli-Skiing (“GCHS”), they jumped all over it and flew up to Golden to meet with the Porters. Heli’s presence in the global heli-skiing market along with Andy and Brock’s energy and passion were impossible to ignore. They were entrusted with the future of the operation and worked closely with Greg and Maaike to structure and close the acquisition before the beginning of the 2022/23 season. The Heli team is committed to championing the legacy of GCHS with all existing staff, guides, and management for years to come.
What makes for a #BestDayEver?
The way we see it, it’s all about thinking small.
Big mountainous landscapes? Of course. Big adventures? Absolutely. But big groups? Not here. In 1988, Great Canadian Heli Skiing was built on a small group promise—just four skiers and a guide. Since the beginning, we’ve sought to recapture the sense of adventure that’s been lost as operations have raced to get bigger. Our goal has never been to be the biggest. It’s to be the best. And to be the best, we chose to stay small.
Why small groups?
Lots of reasons.
Small groups maximize safety, and make for a more personal experience. They make it easier to match guest expectations and skill levels, so you don’t end up feeling rushed by more advanced skiers, or held back by those who like to take it a little slower. They mean less waiting and more skiing. We were the ﬁrst heli-skiing operation to oﬀer unlimited vertical, and the best way to take full advantage is to be smaller, quicker and more nimble. Quite simply, our small groups mean more time doing what you love, with the people who matter most.
As many days as you have, starting whichever day you want
We’re also the only heli-skiing operator to offer hyper-personalized, flexible packages—so you can do two days, or four days, or seven, or eleven. We don’t require your adventures to fit neatly into one-week increments. What matters to us is that you get to have them.
Every #BestDayEver adventure begins and ends at Heather Mountain Lodge—our laid-back mountain lodge in the middle of nowhere (or close to it, anyway).
A Warm Welcome Home To Heather Mountain Lodge
Halfway between Golden and Revelstoke, resting on the very edge of the vast peaks of Glacier National Park, where all doors open to uninterrupted awesome. We like to think Heather Mountain Lodge is the best of both worlds: a homey hideaway located within the rawness of the Kootenay Rockies, but with personal little touches of local luxury. And then there’s our warmly intuitive service. By the time you arrive at our lodge, you may feel like you already know us, because from ﬁrst contact, through your stay and beyond, our entire team is here to make sure you feel comfortable, safe and right at home. By the end of your stay, we hope you consider yourself part of our community (because you are).
It feels homey here because this is our home. It feels like family, because it is. We are a family operation with a passion for sharing our mountain life with you. We feel so fortunate to spend our days exactly where we are, doing what we do, and getting to celebrate your best days ever with you.