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Flexible Packages

TAKE A SNOW DAY, OR TWO TO TEN.

Your schedule is our schedule. We offer 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10-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 recapture the spirit of adventure by pioneering small groups.

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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 recapture the spirit of adventure by pioneering small groups.

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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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GCH STORY

Heli Skiing Office Team

Great family at Great Canadian.

Your personalized heli-skiing experience begins when you contact our friendly and knowledgeable Office Team.

At the heart of GCH, you’ll find Maaike and Greg, heliskiers, office workers and dedicated owners that followed their dreams. Fortunately to us all, a big part of their dreams was to help you fullfill your own best ski/board powder dreams.

At the helm even before Maaike and Greg arrived, Deane is the spirit of adventure that guides you before your arrival. She knows all the details of the operation, inside and out. Count on Deane to solve any issue and answer any (heliskiing) question.

Since 2018, Brooklynn takes part, like a little Deane rhizome, to complete and extend Deane’s functions.

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.

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.