Ten Reasons You need to Try Heliskiing in British Columbia

A little taste of what BC has to offer the heliskier in you.  Photo - Caton Garvie

A little taste of what BC has to offer the heliskier in you.
Photo – Caton Garvie

BC is truly a place apart when it comes to snow. Almost completely covered in some of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain ranges on earth, British Columbia is a wonderland when it comes to skiing and riding. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the world of heliskiing. Taking people out to ski from a helicopter was pioneered in BC and since those early days in the 1960s, BC has become the world’s foremost destination for heliskiing and heliboarding. There is a myriad of operators and mountain ranges to choose from. Whether it’s the deep snowpacks of the North Coast, the champagne powder of the Interior Ranges or the majestic, sweeping peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the mountains of British Columbia offer something fantastic in the world of heliskiing.  Continue reading

The Wild Within: British Columbia, Canada

The debate remains: can media capture and express what a first-hand experience is truly like? More so, can it send a person back to the way they felt when they were there? Can it move a person to explore a new place?

The wild out there, the wild within. Photo: Dave Silver

The wild out there, the wild within. Photo: Dave Silver

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Gift Ideas For The Skier On Your List

All I ever want for Christmas is socks. Well, socks and money. Socks FULL of money would actually be ideal. I’ve learned, however, that not everyone shares this affinity and that some people even get offended when gifted Smartwool PhD’s for the fourth year in a row. Fair enough. This year, I’m expanding my horizons a bit and going with a more general ‘winter activity’ theme, since the majority of my friends and family spend half the year on snow. If you’re on the hunt for useful, semi-original gift ideas for the skier on your list, Google no further. From stocking stuffers to show stoppers, we’ve got you covered.

Literally anything you see in this photo would make a great gift Photo: Reuben Krabbe

Literally anything you see in this photo would make a great gift Photo: Reuben Krabbe

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Getting Your Ski Legs Back

You would think that spending 7 months a year in ski boots, year after year, would do the trick to having permanent ski legs. Nope. Every year, a week into the ski season (which is a week into work for me), I pretty much can’t walk from charging too hard on my summer legs. You would also think that, after skiing for the last thirty years, I would have learned a few tricks to getting my legs in shape or at least have a system set up for doing so. Nope.

What you need your legs for... Photo - Rand Lincks

What you need your legs for…
Photo – Rand Lincks

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The 15th Annual Powder Awards

The 15th Annual Powder Awards went down over the weekend, and it was a ski-star studded red carpet that rolled out the biggest awards in the sport. A simultaneously amazing and tough year for skiing, the addition of monumental all-female films like Pretty Faces came at the same time as the loss of some of the brightest stars of the ski world, and the community took a moment to come together and honour it all at Powder Magazine’s awards show.

The 15th Annual Powder Awards took place on December 5, 2014. Photo courtesy of Powder Magazine

The 15th Annual Powder Awards took place on December 5, 2014. Photo courtesy of Powder Magazine

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Time for A Tune Up

I did the most hilarious thing the other day: I walked into a ski shop downtown the afternoon before opening day at our local resort, and asked if anyone could tune my skis. “Not a chance,” said the beautiful/slightly condescending woman behind the counter. “The entire town wants their skis tuned for opening day. You’re looking at sometime next week.” Oh, we laughed and laughed! What fun. Seriously, though. It’s time for a tune up.

Smart move Photo: Dave Silver

Smart move Photo: Dave Silver

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Skiing and Social Media – The End of Adventure?

It’s the norm these days, and not just with skiing. For a lot of people, everything they do is catalogued, filmed and photographed so it can be posted to some form of social media. Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…all of these platforms offer the opportunity to showcase to the world what it is we do with our time. In the realm of mountain culture, social media is the new means by which we see how athletes push the boundaries of our sports. Sure, there are still full length ski films, but more and more, our connection to professional athletes in skiing is through social media. That filters down to the mere mortals of the sport. So many of us constantly post photos and video footage of us doing what we love. But I am finding, more and more, that something is lost with that. Every time I head out for a day of ski touring or some other outdoor endeavour with a group of people, more often than not, social media plays a role in the outing itself. There is constant stopping for photos or videos. There is the pervasive, even invasive need to record everything about being outside for day in the mountains.

Wouldn't you rather spend your time doing this than trying to figure out how best to photograph yourself doing this? Photo - Dave Silver

Wouldn’t you rather spend your time doing this than trying to figure out how best to photograph yourself doing this? (believe me, the irony of this is not lost on me.)
Photo – Dave Silver

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Your Everyman’s Guide to Opening Day

Every year around this time, skiers and snowboarders get together to celebrate the magic of Opening Day at their local ski resort. Maybe this is the year that you have vowed to charge harder than ever before. Maybe you are coming out of an injury and are going to come out of the gates at a more “sustainable” pace than you did last year. Or maybe you got married over the summer and have nothing to prove to your shred-doggin’ wife/husband anymore. Regardless, this is the Comprehensive Guide to Opening Day for Everyman/woman.

Just like you and me. Photo: Willi Kunz

Just like you and me. Photo: Willi Kunz

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Best Jobs In A Ski Town

One thing about living in a ski town is that it’s awesome. Another thing about living in a ski town is that it costs money and, contrary to my wildest dreams, you can’t actually pay for things like rent and groceries with things like high fives and tales of adventure. You’re going to need a job. The good news is that not all jobs are created equal. As a matter of fact, some of the best jobs in a ski town are pretty darn sweet.

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Workin’ it Photo: Reuben Krabbe

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Top Five Ski Towns

I’ve lived in a fair few ski towns over the years and visited countless others on winter road trips. I’ve seen the lists out there of top ten mountain towns and top ten ski towns. I’ve watched the absolutely ridiculous Ski Town Throw Down that Powder Magazine puts on. I say ridiculous because it feels so contrived to me. Sure, it’s voting, so there’s something democratic about it, but there are no parameters, no reasons. It’s just people who like certain towns, or live in those towns, who think they are the best.

Life on two planks.  Photo - Bryn Hughes

Life on two planks.
Photo – Bryn Hughes

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A Day in the Life of a Heli-Ski Pilot: Understanding Helicopter Safety

For a heli-skiing operation to run safely, there is one massive factor that has to be absolutely dialed: flying a helicopter. On top of that, heli-skiing pilots are required to do precision mountain flying in extreme winter conditions, which means that the pilots that fly the machines at our lodges have to be some of the most experienced pilots in the business. Lucky for us, they are. 

A precision landing in the mountains. Photo: Dave Silver

A precision landing in the mountains. Photo: Dave Silver

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Rules Of The Ride: Ski Lift Etiquette

Helicopter etiquette is pretty simple: get in, help each other with the seatbelts, don’t hog the window seat, pass the water, get out. Gondolas and chairlifts, however, adhere to a completely different set of rules and standards. There are several ways to do it wrong. Here, we talk about ski lift etiquette and doing it right.

Perfect heli etiquette Photo: Dave Silver

Perfect heli etiquette Photo: Dave Silver

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November 2014 Heli Skiing News

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This month we release the full version of our 2015 promo video, share a new article about our heliski safari, check currency exchange rates and recap the latest blog updates. Continue reading

The Cold Rush – A Short Feature Film By Last Frontier Heliskiing

Every year we release a short feature film as a way of showcasing a typical week at Last Frontier Heliskiing. We invite two athletes, in this case big mountain freeskier and BASE jumper Suz Graham, and freeskier Chris Booth, and we invite one photographer, this year it was Reuben Krabbe, to come and work with filmmaker Grant Balwin. We book the week months in advance, and spend a week, regardless of weather or conditions, shredding the single largest heliski tenure on the planet.

The Land of Cold Smoke. Photo - Reuben Krabbe

The Land of Cold Smoke.
Photo – Reuben Krabbe

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Afterglow by Sweetgrass Productions

As there continues to be more and more “epic” in ski media, it is a gift that the leading filmmakers in the industry give us when they portray the art behind the sport. There is an inherent connection between the person and nature, and in Afterglow by Sweetgrass Productions, the intricacies of this connection are, quite literally, illuminated in a new and special way.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all...Photo: Courtesy of www.sweetgrass-productions.com

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…Photo courtesy of www.sweetgrass-productions.com

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