This post is all about cooperation: two individual forces working together to make simple, wonderful things happen in this otherwise rough-and-tumble, dog-eat-dog world. This post is also all about free heliskiing and how you can do that, thanks to the combined efforts of Last Frontier Heliskiing and Goldwin Sports in their Reach the Peak contest. If you like cooperation and free heliskiing, I think you’re really going to love this post.
Thumbs up, indeed! Photo: Caton Garvie
Shoulder season is officially upon us – that time of year when it’s too cold and wet to bike or hike or climb, but not yet cold enough to ski. Those able to escape hop the first train/plane/automobile south in search of sun and surf in the few weeks before the snow flies. Others, like me, can’t leave for one of at least a dozen reasons and, thus, we mope. We also watch a LOT of movies. Fortunately, this year’s shoulder season lineup features an unprecedented number of female skiers ripping and hucking and shredding like we’ve never seen before. Here, we review a few of the season’s most righteous chick flicks.
HEY, LADIES! Photo: vimeo.com
Waist deep at Last Frontier Heliskiing.
Photo – Reuben Krabbe
For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamt of going heliskiing. As a teenager I would have visions of endless lines deep in the heart of some remote mountain wilderness where a few hearty souls spent their days out on the edge of snow exploration flying in helicopters to shredd waist deep blower until their legs were jello. Continue reading
Have you grown tired of the ski resort experience and you’re considering backcountry skiing? Perhaps you’ve calculated all the time spent on the chairlift and in cafeteria lines compared to the amount of time spent on the slopes. Have you chosen ski routes for its location to the lodge cafeteria rather than for pure enjoyment? Let’s be honest, claiming a fireside lunch seat or getting any seat at all can take precedence when spending a day at the resort. We’ve all done it.
But then your friends told you they were away all weekend skiing soft, fluffy powder away from the crowd. Perhaps photos of stunning mountain lines started to occupy your mind and you started wondering if backcountry skiing was for you. Switching from resort to backcountry skiing can be daunting. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of backcountry ski tips for beginners.
No lunch lines here…Can’t beat the fresh alpine!
When it comes to safety in the backcountry, there are no shortcuts and no guarantees. Understanding snowpack behaviour, being familiar with regional weather patterns, and learning to read the terrain are all important factors in mitigating the risk of being caught in an avalanche. However, pushing the limits inevitably means accepting and embracing a certain amount of risk. While even the most recent advances in technology cannot replace education and experience when making good decisions in the backcountry, there’s one piece of equipment that has become a staple for many a pow slasher: the airbag.
Safety first! Photo: Dave Siilver
Enjoying a roaring fire, a good meal and a hot tub after doing this all day is icing on the cake.
Photo – Willi Kunz
At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we pride ourselves on the skiing and riding experience. Based out of our two lodges in Northern British Columbia, Last Frontier Heliskiing is home to the single largest tenure on earth. Our terrain is epic; wide open glaciers, endless trees, beautiful alpine couloirs and pretty much the deepest snow you’ll ever ski. Small groups, some of the best guides in the business and a passion for finding the best snow every day are what sets us apart. But choosing a heliski operator involves more than just the snow side of things. Accommodation is right up there with weather patterns, snowfalls, helicopters and guides. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we offer two choices for our skiers and riders: remote Bell 2 Lodge and the Ripley Creek Inn, in Stewart, BC. Both offer some of the best skiing and riding in the world, but they do have their differences. Continue reading
It’s coming. That fall nip in the air can only mean one thing—a fresh season of backcountry touring is just around the bend. And for those of us who love to seek out the latest avalanche backcountry gear, there’s a big one on the market. No, it’s not another shovel that’s even lighter and more compact than last year. It’s a digital product and the first of its kind in the realm of avalanche safety prevention. Many are saying it could revolutionize the backcountry industry.
AvaTech Smartprobe SP1 – Photo Courtesy AvaTech
Après ski: it’s the ultimate reward after a hard day spent chasing pow and living the dream. Your legs are Jell-O, you’re dehydrated and – let’s be honest – you don’t smell great. In real life, you’d have to go home, get yourself cleaned up and eat half a jar of peanut butter with a spoon before you could even think about heading out into public. But this is not real life. This is the dream and, as such, there’s a bar full of huge grins and red cheeks, not to mention nachos and cold beer, and they’ve saved you a seat. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you in the loop on the après ski circuit this winter.
Capping it off in style! Photo: Caton Garvie
Cold smoke, at Last Frontier. Soon…
Photo – Reuben Krabbe
Somewhere in the world it’s snowing. Right now that happens to be just down the road and about 6000 feet higher than where I am currently sitting. I’m excited. Winter is coming. Soon I’ll be shredding waist deep turns in blower pow. At least that’s the theory. Depending on the winter ahead, that may or may not happen on a regular basis. Regardless, once will be enough. But how best to prepare yourself for ski season? Continue reading
There are few times of year more exciting than that magical window of anticipation and excitement leading up to the ski season. Luckily, there are brilliant individuals who take it upon themselves, year after year, to film the best skiers in the world absolutely killing it all over the world, and make movies of the glory that is happening out there so that we can watch and enjoy it. This year, there is no shortage of talent, no shortage of anticipation, and no shortage of sweet movies coming out to carry us into the snowy months. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s trailer season! And now, some of the most exciting ski films of 2014…
Fire it up boys! Photo: Caton Garvie
Avalanche rescue has really gone to the dogs… and that’s a good thing. The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) has been growing in leaps and bounds thanks to the proven track record of its canine ambassadors and their incredible handlers – people like Al Roberts from Revelstoke, BC, and his dog, Sadie, who were kind enough to take a walk with me and explain what it means to be partners in this life-saving endeavour.
Ready! Set! GO! Photo: John Antoniuk
In this fall edition of our heliski news we take a look at the forecast for the coming season, head to Antarctica for some exciting ski touring, check-in with our blog and tease our upcoming heliski video: The Cold Rush. Continue reading
Good gloves are essential. Especially when you’re waist deep at Last Frontier Heliskiing.
Photo – Reuben Krabbe
The Arc’teryx Alpha SV glove is the mac daddy of Arc’teryx gloves. With a full gauntlet construction, full leather palm, beefy fleece interior and a Gore-Tex membrane to keep you dry, these gloves just look burly. After wearing them on most of the colder, wetter days throughout a whole winter season, I can safely say, they stand up as well as most things Arc’teryx makes. They were bomber, they were dry, but they were far from perfect. Continue reading
We recently caught up with Phil Wickens, Director of Ski-Antarctica, a sail-to-ski operation exploring none other than the rugged wild of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we love hearing about these incredible tours and opportunities; to connect with people that share the same passion that we do. We couldn’t help but to ask Phil to tell us everything about this amazing experience that his team offers. Here’s what he said!
Sail to ski. Photo courtesy of Ski-Antarctica
Flights booked? Check. Camera charged? Yup! Snowboard boots packed as carry-on luggage, not checked baggage? Uh… wait, what? Regardless of how well traveled a rider you may be, it never hurts to make a list and check it twice. For a little shoulder season inspiration, check out our list of 10 tips for your heli boarding trip this winter.
That’s hot! Photo: Lorenz Masse