December 2015 News
This snowy month we have lots to report on including guides training, the latest ski conditions, new guide profiles, and fresh photos added to our gallery.
Avalanche beacon training, snow profile work, rope and crevasse rescue techniques were just some of the many exercises in our annual guides’ training week at Bell 2 Lodge. In addition to the 19 guides that participated this year, a selection of industry experts traveled North to give lectures on hypothermia, nutrition and injury prevention. Guides were out in the mountains for 3 days to observe the snowpack and set up an avalanche rescue scenario to ensure that all relevant skills were honed. Read all about it [here].
Our guiding team has reported that they are very satisfied by the solid snowpack that is in place this season. The snow is well settled and 40 cm of fresh storm snow has resulted in some excellent early season skiing. As of December 18th, we are observing a snowpack of 170 to 320 cm [67-126 inches] in the alpine and about 140 – 170 cm [55 – 67 inches] at treeline [considerably higher than last year and about average for this time of year].
Our 21st heliski season kicked off on Sunday, December 26th. For the latest weather update, check out our conditions page [here].
New Guide Profiles
At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we pride ourselves in having one of the most dynamic guiding teams in the industry. Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken great care in hand crafting brand new profiles and photos for every single guide at Bell 2 Lodge and Ripley Creek. Returning guests will notice a mix of familiar and fresh new faces. Franz Fux, our Director of Operations, has hand picked several highly experienced new guides to complement our deep reservoir of veteran guides that know our heliski tenure like no other. Before skiing with us, we suggest you take a few moments to get to know them [here].
Planet Snow Photo Update – Part II
In October, we showcased some fresh photos taken by Grant Gunderson in February 2015. This month we have a whole pile more of that snowy goodness for you. See them [here].
Until the New Year,