Heliski News: March 2019
March 2019 Heliski Report
March kicked off with our biggest vertical week of the season [72,500 m]. Under clear skies and beautifully preserved powder, we stretched into all corners of our heliski tenure. This was quickly followed by a 60 cm snowstorm that buried our Ripley Creek base in Stewart and made for some of the deepest days this winter. Then a massive high pressure system emerged once again bringing spring-like temps and serious goggle tans. This week more sunny skies, some preserved powder on the north facing slopes and some mega corn runs on all other aspects…and steep too. 2019 might go down as one of the sunniest season’s we’ve ever had…we’ll let you know in two weeks when our heli skiing season concludes.
When Should I Visit?
With a season that spans from late December until mid-April, there are a few considerations one needs to keep in mind when booking a heliski trip.
In the early season we tend to spend more time in the trees as storms roll through. When the skies clear, we head for the alpine. Cooler temps keep the snow light and fluffy – just make sure to bring a few extra layers.
As mid-season approaches, days extend and we tend to rack up more vertical. We venture far and wide, taking full advantage of our remote terrain. This is the highest demand period for heli skiing and prices reflect this.
Towards the end, the snowpack is more settled and this often allows us to ski more aggressive lines that are not available earlier in the season. At times the temps rise to produce corn snow on South aspects, while powder is preserved on North facing slopes. For more on this discussion, check out our When To Visit guide.