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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Office Staff

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Office Staff

Your heli-skiing holiday doesn’t start when you get to our lodge… it begins when you contact our friendly and knowledgeable Office Staff.

If you are new to the concept of heli-skiing, or you have a million vertical feet one-piece suit and want to find out why we believe we are the best helicopter skiing operation in Canada, then speak to our office team who are truly heli-skiing experts. Find out why heli-skiing in a Small Group of 4 is so much better than skiing in a group of 12, or why Unlimited Vertical offers the best value for your Dollar/Euro/Pound. Our Office Staff are the best in the industry at accommodating your schedule . No other multi-day heliski operation in Canada will let you start your trip on any day of the week… contact Deane to choose your specific dates.

Deane Pickering

  • Name: Deane Pickering (pronounced “Dean”)
  • Position: Sales Manager
  • At GCH Since: 1996
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English
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Hundreds of guests have been welcomed by Deane’s friendly voice, and keep coming back because of her excellent trip and group organizing skills. She loves the diversity of our guests and sharing the details of the heli-skiing experience. Deane has lived in the mountains all her life and enjoys riding her motorcycle, camping/fishing and hiking with her family in the off season.

Maaike Porter

  • Name: Maaike Porter
  • Nickname: No nickname for Maaike, she would just like people to pronounce her name properly (ie “Mica”)
  • Position: Owner and CFO since 2000
  • At GCH Since: 2000
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: Dutch and English
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Growing up in the Netherlands Maaike’s family would escape the sea level flatness of her home to holiday and ski with her family in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Now she has it all in her backyard to share with her family in Golden. Maaike is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), which combined with her Dutch heritage is a calculated asset to the company. Or, as her husband Greg likes to complain, “she has deep pockets but short arms”. You would also mistakenly think that she has short legs when watching her ski deep powder.

Greg Porter

  • Name: Greg Porter
  • Nickname: GP
  • Position: Owner and CEO since 2000
  • At GCH Since: 2000
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English.
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Greg is a go-West-young-man kind of guy! Growing up in Ontario while frequently travelling to compete Nationally with snowboarding, Greg consolidated his resolve with every Western trip that he would make Western Canada his home. However, “owning a heli-skiing business in Small Town BC is beyond even my wildest Ontario boyhood dreams” Greg said. Although he feels like his kids do not seem to know how good they have it, Greg says he is reminded of this every time he goes out into the mountains to heli-ski. “I know each time I go out (heli-skiing) or our guests go out, there is the potential to have ‘the best ski day of our lives’. It’s my job to make sure the company delivers this as many times as possible!”

Jean-Marc La Flamme - Technology, Innovation, Marketing

  • Name: Jean-Marc La Flamme
  • Nickname: J@mmer
  • Position: Technology, Innovation, Marketing
  • At GCH Since: 2018
  • Home Towns: Revelstoke, Blaeberry, Golden, Kootenays… oh and Toronto
  • Home Resort: Revelstoke
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, but has high tech translating earbuds
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A Canadian-Swiss digital nomad with many winters of Alp skiing experience, now firmly planted for over a decade in the Kootenays, Jean-Marc has pioneered technology companies for over 20 years. As a “Webmaster” building first generation Government of Canada websites by hand in the 90’s and moving to manage web teams with Yahoo! and WestJet, he shifted into the startup scene focusing on disruption in transportation and financial technologies. He is a founder of community technology strategies and innovation teams, bringing services such as fibre internet, flight, car and ride share, as well as coworking spaces and startup programs that have serviced hundreds of professionals. A huge passion for technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence & virtual reality but also affordable living and community development. So yes, he loves to ski, bike and practice the #FutureOfWork!

Brooklynn Pickering

  • Name: Brooklynn Pickering
  • Position: Sales and Marketing Coordinator
  • At GCH Since: 2018
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
  • Languages Spoken: English.
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Brooklynn was born and raised in Golden BC. Her passions include film photography, reading and writing, and various other artistic outlets. She loves the small town mountain lifestyle and all that it includes. Great Canadian and Heather Mountain Lodge have always been a part of her life because her mother Deane has been with the company since she was a toddler. One could say we are part of her genetic make up! Partner, Max and puppy Lily complete her family life.