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Flexible Packages

TAKE A SNOW DAY, OR TWO TO SIX.

Your schedule is our schedule. We offer 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6-day packages that start on every day of the week to make it easier for you to join us.

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YOUR EXPERIENCE

IF OUR GROUPS WERE ANY SMALLER, YOU’D BE FLYING THE HELICOPTER.

Great Canadian Heli-skiing was born in 1988 when a guide and few heli-skiing guests wanted to re-capture the spirit and feeling of adventure lacking from operations whose only goal was to get bigger.

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OUR STORIES

BETTER, NOT BIGGER.

Great Canadian Heli-skiing was born in 1988 when a guide and few heli-skiing guests wanted to re-capture the spirit and feeling of adventure lacking from operations whose only goal was to get bigger.

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Conditions + Terrain

YOU DIDN’T PAY TO GO HELI-SIT-IN-THE-LODGE-ING.

The Purcell and Selkirk ranges are our playground and they offer every type of skiing imaginable; pillows, glades, and wide-open powder fields.

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BOOKING + PLANNING

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

Find our location, learn what to bring and check our availability.

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GCH STORY

Office Team

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

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

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 Team 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.

Maaike Porter

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

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!”

Deane Pickering

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.

Jean-Marc La Flamme

Jean-Marc
La Flamme

  • 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

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.

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