Sure lucked out on conditions. I booked a day up at RK last November during a special, and just happened to pick this past Sunday, January 14th because that weekend fit into my schedule.
Drove up and arrived at Panorama about 8pm the night before and checked in just as the snow started. Snowed all night and picked up 40cm overnight! Arrived at RK around 8am and got provided breakfast, met the guides, safety stuff. On the heli by 10am and skiing by 10:15am. Conditions were epic, snowing hard all day on top of the 40cm overnight. Avy danger was high and clouds were low, so we stuck in the alpine. Terrain ramped up in pitch throughout the day, eventually skiing some 45 degree slopes that did produce some significant sluffing. I had bought a 5 run package, but we were skiing fast as a group and they threw in an extra run for free. The rest of my group (mostly college students (mags?) from Montana) opted to buy one more run, and after that there was room for just one more on another trip flying that day. I being the lucky one, got to finish out the day with them, getting in 9 runs total for an estimated 30k vert!
Afterwards celebrated the day with the guests and guides in the bar with shot skis and lots of grins. This was my first time heli-skiing (catskiing regular) and I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it.
Skied the resort the next day. About 17cm fresh on top of firm snow. Panorama is a large mountain (4000ft vert) and it sure takes awhile to get to the top. 2 high speed quads and a fixed grip. Happened to be two-thirds the way up when they switched the sign opening Tayton Bowl. Immediately headed that way and hiked my way out to the very end of Never-Never Land. (I think I was still on a 'heli-high' and none of this terrain I passed by looked suitable.) Skiing was fairly good for the top 800 ft or so, then the rain event a week or two ago showed up. Very long run out from Tayton bowl. I think the entire lap took well over an hour.
I love BC:
Ride for the day:
POV from my day with RK heliski:
(Sorry about the ticking noise. Seems like the GoPro was rattling in the enclosure? Any tips?)