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post #1 of 20
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Being that I have never been to Northern Escape I was not sure what I was going to find. Brochures and Marketing people always tell you how good something is and once you get there sometimes your disappointed. We'll I can tell you this, our trip to Northern Escape beat my expectations. Incredible terrain, top notch lodging and staff and damn fun skiing.

 

Granted the freshie reset was a little lacking on this trip but the terrain and a little blue skies defintily made up for the DEEP face shots.

                                                            Tommy Frey loving the wide open terrain

 

We were greeted at the airport and whisked away to the NE Heli lodge which was a 15 minute drive from the airport. The lodge is called the Yellow Cedar Lodge constructed from Big Yellow cedars which surround this zone. First nights diner was Duck Confeit and it was cooked to perfection. I think things are off to a good start.

 

Day-1 we explored Catland, their cat skiing terrain which runs through gladed trees in an Old growth forest. No cutting here all natural by Ma Nature!

 

                                                                        Deseri coming out of the timber.

 

                                                                       Lots of little features for John Witt to play on.

 

Day-2 Bluebird and some heli time as we explored the upper portion of their zone Pacha Mama. The scenery was incredible and lifted the spirt. The cloud layer was satying pretty high so we only had a 1000 meters of sun then back into the forest. Skiing conditions changed with the cloud cover but it was all consistent.

 

                               You can't go wrong with soft snow, bluebird skies and steeps

 

Day-3 Plenty of fun in the heli exploring around their tenure. Fun open sections, steeps and poppers throughout.

 

                                                                                    Our Chariot

 

                                                                       Bob Legasa Chargging the steeps

 

Definitly worth the time to head back up to NE Heli! I can't wait until the next time ecsecially if we hit it during one of their iconic storm cylces.

 

Here's the video from our experience. Enjoy

 

 

post #2 of 20
Looks incredible! I've had Terrace on my list for a couple of years. Great looking mountains in that area. Nice shots, video, and edit! Freeride killing it!
post #3 of 20
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Thanks GoldMember. It's a pretty rad place, we were somewhat limited on our trip because of the so-so conditions but from what we could see and ski Northern Escape has terrain that would be epic with normal snowfall and temps. Amazed at the variety and size of the tenure.

There were pillows and poppers everywhere we looked which always added a some excitement to each run. Our Buddy John was like a rabbit in there, jumping off of everything in his path.

 

 

I can't wait to get back.

post #4 of 20

I sincerely appreciate the report, but this is what I am afraid of.  I see it costs about $5500 for a 3 day stay, which would give me 4 all-inclusive 3 full days of skiing trips to SLC.

I'd spend $1700/day if I was guaranteed "deep face shots", but for me, I'll stand in lift line and take my chances of resort powder every third or fourth trip. 

post #5 of 20
To each their own, Snowbird devotee. I have had both chest deep in LCC and with a heli trip. More likely to get it with the heli and to get it all day for as many days as you're there.

For me, I will take that when I can get it. At the resorts, it's a mad rush for one or two runs then hunting and pecking around for five untracked turns. It's great skiing in LCC but cant match the best days when you hit it right with a cat or heli.

Not really sure why you responded to this thread. Kind of a Debbie Downer type post but, whatever. I liked the stoke.
post #6 of 20

Where are the Shotz Ski shots? 

post #7 of 20

Even the suboptimal conditions looked pretty friggin sweet!!!! Also, I'm sure the heliski experience is much more than just the skiing. #BUCKET LIST

post #8 of 20
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Not really sure why you responded to this thread. Kind of a Debbie Downer type post but, whatever. I liked the stoke.

You are right, it was a Debbie Downer, it didn't make me feel good to write that post, but sadly that's the point.  I know it would be a downer to me if I paid up, talked about and waited months for the trip, only to ski packed or fluffy conditions.  I wouldn't care how good the scenery or service was. 

Most people who have this kind of trip wouldn't have bothered to post about it, and I appreciate that the OP did.

You pay your money and take your chances, even if its' comparatively big money - that's the reality.  Most of us are on some kind of budget for skiing.  

post #9 of 20

^^ Like I said, to each his own. With all things, there are trade-offs. While it's not always deep, 6" of untracked fresh coupled with blue skies, helicopter rides, and good stability is still a lot of fun. While it may not be deep, you can ski some things that typically are not available when it's deep, due to avalanche conditions. The other element is that with today's fatter skis, you tend to ride on top of the snow anyway, to some extent. Again, untracked, even if not deep, is pretty good skiing due to other positive factors that you may not otherwise enjoy.

 

The overall experience is always fun for me but, if your principle interest is in deep, deep powder and only that will make your trip worthwhile, then yes, it's a bit of a crap-shoot. This year hasn't been a stellar snow year in this area of the world. However, again, the odds of getting deep powder are substantially greater in locations like Northern Escape and other BC ops than most locations. But, as noted, it is expensive and not justifiable for many skiers. To each their own.

post #10 of 20

The vast majority of days on a heli are much better than the best days at a resort even a great powder resort like Snowbird.  There is no competition for lines and the snow is always untracked.  It is not always deep but IMO it blows away what is available at the Bird even on the deepest days where you  might get 2 runs of completely untracked snow if you are lucky.  That's not discounting how awesome Snowbird is at it's best but even at it's best it simply doesn't compare to days in the heli in my experience.  I'd take the trip above over any day at Snowbird regardless of how much snow they got simply for the lack of competition and every run is completely untracked every turn.  When money comes into the equation and it certainly does with heli skiing the expectations go way up so I'd be little a disappointed in the results of that trip but no one controls the weather but that is true in dropping a bunch of cake and vacation time to get to a resort where the odds of getting completely untracked snow for more than an hour or so are slim even if it snows every day.  I guess it boils down to valuing deep and soft vs untracked.  I highly value completely untracked when compared to deep, soft but tracked.  There can be bad days on a heli but the odds are pretty low...unfortunately I've hit those low odds:(.  That won't stop me from saving up and going again....damn children interfere with everything;)

 

JMO

 

And to be very clear I prefer deep and untracked:D 

post #11 of 20

I skied NorthernEscape last January when the cat terrain had been taken out by hot temps a week or two before and there was little new snow.  Still, it was an incredible trip.  You just cannot compare resort skiing with one of the largest tenures in the world.  We had soft snow virtually every run, mostly mid-calf deep.  There were one or two runs were we found windslab, but it is, after all, back country skiing.  And we had two first descents -- 45 degrees and knee deep.

 

It was so good that I'm headed back at the end of February and taking my son-in-law.  I think it is a quality operation with incredible terrain.

 

Mike

post #12 of 20
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I skied NorthernEscape last January when the cat terrain had been taken out by hot temps a week or two before and there was little new snow.  Still, it was an incredible trip.  You just cannot compare resort skiing with one of the largest tenures in the world.  We had soft snow virtually every run, mostly mid-calf deep.  There were one or two runs were we found windslab, but it is, after all, back country skiing.  And we had two first descents -- 45 degrees and knee deep.

 

It was so good that I'm headed back at the end of February and taking my son-in-law.  I think it is a quality operation with incredible terrain.

 

Mike

Your report last year is what made me pull the trigger with NE, they don't get the same press as the larger places in southern BC so it was comforting to see some personal experience with them. Even though the conditions were atypical for when you went, it seems like it was still worth it.

 

I'll be there a couple weeks after you, in early March. It can't come soon enough...

post #13 of 20
Sorry to be a heli pimp. Hope you have a great time!
post #14 of 20
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Sorry to be a heli pimp. Hope you have a great time!


See, and this is why I think you'd get along fine with @Freeride.   

Just don't try to keep up with the Apres' Ski activities ;)

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Not really sure why you responded to this thread. Kind of a Debbie Downer type post but, whatever. I liked the stoke.

 

Gotta agree.

Unless I win the lotto or something, I doubt I'll be able to swing a heli-trip, but I love seeing the stoke of those who do!

Just about all stoke is good in my book.

post #16 of 20
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Sorry to be a heli pimp. Hope you have a great time!

 

Absolutely nothing wrong with heli-pimping. I support the concept!

post #17 of 20
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See, and this is why I think you'd get along fine with @Freeride.   

Just don't try to keep up with the Apres' Ski activities ;)

 

We're conducting liver endurance tests on those trips.

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We're conducting liver endurance tests on those trips.

Livers need exercise too:D

post #19 of 20

First run opening day is about the only time in a season where inbounds compares anything like "virgin" untracked snow.  Moguls covered in 2 ft of new still ski like moguls, and the luge tracks through the trees aren't really much better after a huge dump. 

 

best bang for your buck with heli funds is high alpine, blue and stable.   If deep deep pow is what you're after, buy a sled or get fit walking up the hill. 

post #20 of 20

I do quite a bit of Steelhead fishing up in that part of the world in late summer and early Fall.  NW British Columbia is better on a bad day than most everywhere else is on a good day...IMO.  Getting up there in the winter is on my bucket list.

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