I will start this trip report with a question - do you remember what you got as a high school graduation gift? Neither do I, but I’m guessing our son won’t soon forget his as a day of heli skiing was his graduation gift. And, uh, I had to go with him as well. Hey - I was cashing in my 10 year anniversary gift…just 14 years late. I had a deposit in for us way back in July for a day over President’s weekend – but that fell through when my son broke his leg 2 weeks before the ski season. After countless postponements, we had the doctors OK for him to ski, and we finally made our way to Golden, BC an 11 hour drive from Seattle.
The video below is a 2 minute snippet of our Thursday, March 19th day. Not shown is the denser tree skiing we did between the open areas up top and at the bottom since it’s hard to get decent video when snaking through the trees. Although we had hoped for a bit more open terrain higher up, with the weather we had and the high avalanche danger all season, we were content with the terrain we skied. There were 2 groups skiing – everyone else was German (skiing was “toe-ta zoopa!”). Snow was very good up top, excellent in the trees, and then getting a bit heavy down below – but still decent since it was untracked. This was our first ever heli day, and hopefully not our last. The whole crew at Purcell was great – guides Bryan and Derek, and our pilot Bruno. One of the office gals got to tag along on her day off – I can’t think of many jobs where you actually want to go to on an off day, but this is one of them. Hope you enjoy the video. We also hit Kicking Horse and Revelstoke for a day each as well - separate trip report/video may be coming for that as well.