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Heli in Northern BC

post #1 of 17
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We are a group of mostly ex-ski-bums and other powder derilects who have worked long and hard enough to be able to afford a week each year in BC.

We book the entire 18 person lodge at Northern Escape Heliskiing in the northern Coast Range of BC (north of Bela Coola) for the first full week of February each year, and have two cancellations that we need to fill.

So: Wanted: two guys who love thier pow, wine, and a bit of partying at night and have about $5500 to spare... 7 full days, skis if wanted, groups of 6 skiers in a Koala Heli with one guide per group, safety equipt, an average of over 1000 inches of quality snow each year, room and board.

Jan 31-Feb 6, a full 7 day trip that allows for skiing all 7 days. 100,000 vert.

Price is $6800 cdn, which as of today is under $5500 usd. The Canadian dollar is finally falling!

Easy enough group of guys to deal with, all with skiing foremost on our minds. Ages vary from about 30 to 65, all solid skiers who can keep up with no problem. We are from Denver, Montana, California, and a few easterners who have passed close examination and are allowed to go too!
post #2 of 17
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If you would like more info or may be interested, pm please!
post #3 of 17

skiing the Selkirks?

I went up to Lake louise, Golden & the Kicking horse area this past summer and can't believe the vertical up there!
I wanted to get a group together to do the same thing but can't find anyone willing to drive that far.
Whats you proposal?
post #4 of 17
Hey great way to start out here! Welcome!

Sounds awesome! Wish I could do it but I would need to do some pretty major house remodeling to get a wife pass for that one!

Somebody here needs to do this and give us a trip report with video!
post #5 of 17
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Hi all,

I rec'd a question about the terrain... so here is the deal.

There are really two types of terrain that we ski. The alpine is mostly glaciers, hero skiing at low 30's pitch, wide open and as good as turns get for when the sun is out. You can eat up a lot of vertical on this as it is so easy and addictive.

When it storms we ski the trees, which are "old growth" large canopies with good spacing; about as good as I have skied anywhere in Colorado, or BC including the Kootenays, Selkirks and Monashees. Lots of good spacing in which to link good turns together, but you can't be afraid of pitch and trees and can truly trust the snow as it is "pure"; the feel under your skis stays very constant from turn to turn. Pitch in the trees is in the mid 30's and higher, depending on your choice of line and if you like to huck stuff. The giudes are good at informing you ahead what line to take based on your personal preference.
post #6 of 17
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Hey Bumpking,

Golden BC is truly a powder mecca; haven't skied Kicking Horse but have skied with an awesome operator who is 90 Kilometers NW of Golden: Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges. Great folks, unbelievable ski zone accessed by snowcat once you heli in from outside of Golden.

The entire town of Golden are ski freaks... I stopped last year at the local optometrists office to get some eye drops and ended up talking with him about great ski lines! A way cool town worth the trip.

Also worthwhile would be a look at the new Revelstoke Mountain Resort that opened last year... I have skied the terrain before it was developed as a ski hill and it is great.

With the Canadian dollar tanking against the US dollar it's like getting 25 cents back for every dollar you spend right now; hoping that remains through the ski season at least. 5 years ago the US dollar bought $1.50 in Cdn dollars; woohoo!
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post #8 of 17
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Okay, the exchange rate today is $1.236 per canadian dollar, which means that the cost of the trip would be $6800 / 1.236 which brings it down to $5501 USD... surely temptation must be creeping in boys! That's $785 USD per day for heli, food, and lodging. That's cat-skiing prices, or for some people a day in Vail!

BTW: The reason I am trying so hard to fill our last two slots is to ensure that all 18 of us get the discounted rate... right now the last four guys to sign up are looking for two more to put them right.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by lovemypow View Post
Okay, the exchange rate today is $1.236 per canadian dollar, which means that the cost of the trip would be $6800 / 1.236 which brings it down to $5501 USD... surely temptation must be creeping in boys! That's $785 USD per day for heli, food, and lodging. That's cat-skiing prices, or for some people a day in Vail!

BTW: The reason I am trying so hard to fill our last two slots is to ensure that all 18 of us get the discounted rate... right now the last four guys to sign up are looking for two more to put them right.
Wow, that's an amazing deal. I'm sorely tempted, but just don't have the cash.
post #10 of 17
I'm also sorely tempted.

It's not the cost of the trip. It's the resulting attorney and alimony fees.
post #11 of 17
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JaoBrien6 and Strato: You guys just need more imagination. JB: Can't you see from the news reports that this great country has been built on credit and/or theft? Choose one. And for you, Strato, learn from the politicians: it's all about how you spin the facts. Once she knows that the fact is that you are going to do this sometime in the next few years anyway, and that this is such a good deal that you are actually saving her money and she should thank you.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by lovemypow View Post
JaoBrien6 and Strato: You guys just need more imagination. JB: Can't you see from the news reports that this great country has been built on credit and/or theft? Choose one. And for you, Strato, learn from the politicians: it's all about how you spin the facts. Once she knows that the fact is that you are going to do this sometime in the next few years anyway, and that this is such a good deal that you are actually saving her money and she should thank you.
You're clearly a man gifted with written and spoken word. You've mastered our country's levers of power, and your wife (or sig other) undoubtedly adores you for saving money on this trip.

Heck, I'd pay $5500 just learn these things.
post #13 of 17
You mean I can Heli ski in Northern BC, break the bank, and then apply for a government bail-out? Sign me up!
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Isn't this a great country?
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by lovemypow View Post
JaoBrien6 and Strato: You guys just need more imagination. JB: Can't you see from the news reports that this great country has been built on credit and/or theft? Choose one. And for you, Strato, learn from the politicians: it's all about how you spin the facts. Once she knows that the fact is that you are going to do this sometime in the next few years anyway, and that this is such a good deal that you are actually saving her money and she should thank you.
Do you think you could call my wife? She doesn't seem to understand.
post #16 of 17

Time for a trip report! 

post #17 of 17
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Time for a trip report! 

 

With pics!

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