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Great Canadian Heliskiing, Anyone been?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have the opportunity to ski the first week of April with this operation, wondering what to expect?

 

Thanks,

 

JF

post #2 of 11

Superb outfit, small helicopters, 4 people + guide. Great lodge and food. Great guides and terrain. Expensive as hell, but some people go back every year (Eat the rich!).

post #3 of 11

I haven't been, but lots of my friends from Aspen have.  A father of one, was the original investor when it was based at the top of Rogers Pass.

Premium outfit, A Stars with 3 groups,  unlimited vertical, good snow, good but not radical terrain. 

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Wow, thanks for the quick replies.  I was afraid of the not rad terrain, but the unlimited vertical should make up for it!

 

Anyone else?

 

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JF

post #5 of 11

"Not rad" as in it aint Valdez but plenty of steep shots in the trees - you just need to tell them thats where you want to go. (Agree the glacier is, as a friend says, "glorious intermediate skiing")

post #6 of 11

I would agree, with the different snowpacks it's probably not prudent to push envelope quite as much.  I was at ARL, outside Valdez with friend that had just been at Great Canadian.   We had just skied a 2000ft. pitch of 40+ followed by glacial valley with 2000ft. of 25ish. He commented at the bottom that the valley would have been the run at GC.   Good skiing, but not the pucker factor of  Valdez. 

He's an extremely skilled skier, but was there with a client that paid and may have limited his exposure.

post #7 of 11

I've been. Lots of steepish trees, the open stuff pretty mellow for my taste. Good operation, nice lodge, most of the guides friendly. It's the only place I've heliskied so don't have much to compare it with. I'd go back I guess, if I had the cash. I just catski now. 

post #8 of 11

I'm going there in 2 weeks; I'll post a trip report.

post #9 of 11

Lead guide, Greg, is a phenomenal skier. And JT, if he still guides there, is a very fun guy. You'll have fun. 

post #10 of 11

Something like 6ft in the past 7 days, +2ft more forecast for today/tonight. 

 

There is everything from mellow glacier, pillow lines, and vertical faces. Conditions will dictate how aggressive your guide is in selecting terrain. 

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
I will look forward to your report Gnarlito.

I am hoping the late season brings stability & we are able to explore some of the steeper faces.

Thanks,
JF
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