Category: Heli Canada

MAD ABOUT MICA – Mica Heli Skiing

Photos by Mattias Fredriksson Pillow skiing is now a thing. Few do it better than British Columbia’s Mica Heli Skiing. In case you’ve somehow dodged all visual representations of skiing over the past 20 years, here’s what you missed: pillow skiing is now officially a thing. Students of the Schmidtian steep-and-deep ethos were mildly disappointed in the new millennium when imagery for everything from hard goods advertising to helmet cam edits migrated from balls-to-the-wall Alaskan spines into fat, airy cushions, but their chagrin didn’t last long: depending on the line, pillows can be just as challenging as spines, or can provide simple low-key fun, and from an aspirational standpoint, more attainable. Those keeping track of ... Read more

Affirmation of Life Heli Ski Trip – CMH Galena

Affirmation of Life Heli Ski Trip – CMH Galena – Carol Nichols Many people take their health for granted. Carol Nichols is not one of those people. She has been battling cancer for the last year and she is not taking it lying down. This vibrant, energetic, dynamic and talented woman decided not to put off taking a heli ski trip – CMH Galena with her friend Andrea Mancuso Webber and her daughter Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso just because she was fighting cancer. Heli skiing CMH Galena was the dream trip of a lifetime, and to go with Andrea and ... Read more

GoPro Mother-Daughter CMH Heli Skiing Trip staring Julia Mancuso and Mom

GoPro Mother-Daughter CMH Heli Skiing Trip staring Julia Mancuso and Mom Check out this amazing video by GoPro of Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso. See her Heli Ski at CMH Galena Lodge with her mom Andrea Mancuso Weber. Majestic mountains are the backdrop for this bonding experience between 2 generations of ripping skiers going heli skiing in the Canadian Backcountry. GoPro’s team of Caleb and Conor were there to capture the experience from every angle and perspective telling the story in the way only GoPro can. Happy Mother’s Day to the strong women who raise us, encourage us and inspire ... Read more

CMH Heli Skiing Galena Lodge – Julia Mancuso

Photo by Mike Arzt CMH Heli Skiing Galena Lodge – Julia Mancuso Every year CMH Heli Skiing Galena Lodge hosts an ambassador trip with Julia Mancuso, U.S. Ski Team Member and Olympic Gold Medalist. Galena Lodge is in British Columbia, Canada and accessed from the Kelowna Airport. Every year the lodge hosts a week in late March where guests can sign up to ski with the fabulous Julia Mancuso. Imagine yourself at Galena Lodge CMH heli skiing in Canada shredding with one of the best skiers on the planet, now imagine joining her in the jacuzzi, joining her for a ... Read more

THE 40 YEAR OLD HELI SKIING VIRGIN

HELI SKIING IS BETTER DONE LATE THAN NEVER I would be alone, a 40-something woman in a group of…who knew? It would be eight strangers, plus me, a heli skiing virgin. It was the end of a long, cold, slow winter — the kind people whine about in my city. Snow piled high on side streets. Over-laden cars were plowed-in and unable to move. The sun seldom made an appearance, and when it did its intensity wasn’t powerful enough to pierce the chill. Then the call came through: Would I like to try heli skiing? Tyax Lodge There was a single spot on a late-March expedition into British Columbia’s South Chilcotan Mountains. TLH Heli ... Read more

Best ski trip deals at Canada’s BIG 3

Sponsored SNOW BLACK FRIDAY IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES.. Imagine a place where the best ski trip deals 0r, Black Friday was a daily occurrence. A spot on the globe where Cyber Monday was a weekly event. A land of big mountains, pointy peaks, pristine glaciers, and incredible feather light powder snow – ON SALE – all winter long! This is no fantasy folks; it’s reality for American skiers and riders headed to three of Canada’s most spectacular ski areas nestled in the Banff/Lake Louise region of the majestic Alberta Rockies thanks to a very strong U.S. Dollar that’s about 30% ... Read more

Heli-Skiing: Mike Wiegele’s Rotary Club

Heli- Skiing: Mike Wiegele’s Rotary Club Where Helicopters Meet Hospitality, You’ll Meet Mike Wiegele. By Roger Toll The day begins early in Blue River, with a 6:45 stretch class. At 7:30, the mountain guides gather to review temperature and humidity forecasts, snow pack stability, and wind slab danger. By 8, everyone’s gearing up: pulling on boots, filling day packs, heading to helipads. The guides check avalanche transponders to see if they’re beeping. A distant sound of rotors — thwack, thwack, thwack — and a helicopter descends from above the spruce trees, and then another, and another — eight in all —swarming ... Read more

Heli-Fondue: Canada

Heli-Fondue: Canada Heli-fondue at the height of BC’ Canada’s Panorama. —Lori Knowles If a full menu of heli-skiing isn’t your thing, how about a tasting menu of heli-fondue? On select winter evenings, Canada’s RK Heliski hosts après-ski fondue festivities at the top of Panorama Mountain Village, BC. A Bell helicopter retrieves guests from the RK Heli Plex—an iconic structure of wood, glass, and stone at Panorama’s village base—and sweeps them to the ski area’s summit at 7,000 feet. En plein air, waiters stir steaming pots of cheese and chocolate fondue as guests sip Okanagan wine and drink in a panoramic ... Read more

Bella Coola Heli Ski

Bella Coola Heli Ski – No Joke BELLA COOLA HELISPORTS OFFERS   MYTHICAL SKIING IN A MYSTICAL SETTING BY LESLIE ANTHONY PHOTOS BY PAUL MORRISON “what do you call a ski guide without a girlfriend?” “Homeless.” We chuckle at this oldie, coming as it does from the mouth of Bella Coola Heli Sports lead guide Jia Condon. And while what lies below our jutting ski tips also brings a smile, it’s no laughing matter: 4,000 vertical-feet of unimaginably good powder, on a stable snowpack during the deepest season ever in one of the deepest places going, only days after widespread warming ... Read more

TOP TEN FACTORS IN CHOOSING A HELI SKIING OPERATION

Photo Credit Last Frontier Heliski TOP TEN FACTORS IN CHOOSING A HELI SKIING OPERATION ALASKA VS CANADA Aah, heliskiing, the epitome of the ski experience for many. Further, faster, higher and longer than any resort or skitour in the world can offer, but where is best? Do you prefer Canada’s trees and pillows, or are the savage steeps of Alaska calling? It’s any skier’s ultimate dream: fresh, untracked snow, epic terrain, and just you and your mates there to enjoy it. An increasingly unlikely prospect in most resorts around the world these days, which is why so many of us ... Read more

NORTHERN ESCAPES HELI – ALL QUIET ON THE NORTHERN FRONT

NORTHERN ESCAPES HELI – ALL QUIET ON THE NORTHERN FRONT IF NORTHERN ESCAPE HELI CAN’T MAKE YOU STOP TALKING, THEN NOTHING CAN Words by JESLIE ANTHONY Potos by PAUL MORRISON We arrive in the rough and tumble Northern British Columbia community of Terrace on a rare, clear evening. High pressure along the Pacific Coast during the two-ish-hour flight from Vancouver afforded views of an enormous, silent sea of rock and ice in every direction: Jagged, snow-covered peaks; precipitous, fluted faces; planar ice caps and glacial tongues; deep, steep-walled valleys. Marcus and Christian, a pair of chattering Germans for whom even the prospect ... Read more

THE HOTEL

THE HOTEL SPARKLING HILL RESORT By  Kingfisher Heli Sparkling Hill, the embodiment of luxury, has a heli pad right outside the door. Kingfisher Heli is the official heli-ski operator for the resort, and Sparkling Hill is a short drive from Silver Star Ski Resort for stormy days when flying isn’t possible. My visit to Sparkling Hill took place a week before Christmas and the hotel was even more festive than normal, with a 20-foot Christmas tree and Swarovski-laden reindeer filling the lobby. We were offered gluten-free cookies upon arrival and shown to our spacious rooms infused with crystals, including a ... Read more

SPARKLING COLD: HELI-SKIING IN CANADA’S OKANAGAN

SPARKLING COLD CRYOTHERAPY AND HELI-SKIING IN CANADA’S OKANAGAN BY BARBARA SANDERS “Mom, just don’t die”. My 9-year-old son’s words whirled through my head as I left our hotel room dressed in a robe monogrammed, Sparkling Hill. Who dies at a spa? Still, I had to admit, I was nervous. I was embarking on my first session of cryotherapy—an icy cold version of a sauna in which the temperature sits somewhere below a frigid -166 degrees Fahrenheit. Were my son’s concerns valid? Could my body handle it? Don’t people die when they fall through ice ponds due to rapid changes in body temperature? And ... Read more

Wing Man – Hans Gmoser – CMH Heli

  Every time that I look from mountaintops that I reach during the summer, I can see hundreds of fantastic ski runs, and the desire to skim over those distant snowfields grows so strong within me it hurts… as I look down from the peaks I get the feeling that a man should have wings to carry him where his dreams go. Since we are not angels, a pair of skis is a good substitute. —Hans Gmoser   After a magical week in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, we landed one afternoon atop a glacier abutting the iconic granite tooth for which the Canadian Mountain Holiday’s Bugaboos operation is named. ... Read more

All Quiet on the Northern Front

We arrive in the rough and tumble Northern British Columbia community of Terrace on a rare, clear evening. High pressure along the Pacific Coast during the two-ish-hour flight from Vancouver afforded views of an enormous, silent sea of rock and ice in every direction: Jagged, snow-covered peaks; precipitous, fluted faces; planar ice caps and glacial tongues; deep, steep-walled valleys. Marcus and Christian, a pair of chattering Germans for whom even the prospect of heli-skiing in the Canadian wilderness already makes this the trip of a lifetime, are beyond impressed. “It’s like a hundred Alps,” states Christian as we debark. Mike, ... Read more