March Heliskiing Conditions Update

March 19, 2018 D'Arcy McLeish
We've had lots of this! Photo - Mike Watling
We’ve had lots of this!
Photo – Mike Watling

It’s been a great year for heliskiing. We’ve had only five down days all season. Yep, you heard that right, only 5 days where we couldn’t ski. That’s less than half a day per week for the whole season. We’ve had a little under our average in terms of snow this year, but our snow base at 1,000 m of elevation is still in the neighbourhood of 200 cm at the moment, so coverage is good all around. 

With such a big area to choose from, there are always good turns to be had. Photo - Mike Watling
With such a big area to choose from, there are always good turns to be had.
Photo – Mike Watling

But the lack of down time has really made for a banner year in terms of exploration. Having a heliski area that spans just over ten thousand square kilometres means we always have something undiscovered. This year we’ve really been able to explore the far corners of our heliski area and have even put in some new descents.

Yes, you're seeing that right. Our pilots sometimes have a bit of a sense of humour. Photo - Scott McReylnolds
Our pilots sometimes have a bit of a sense of humour.
Photo – Scott McReylnolds

We’ve also had some big weeks in the vertical department, with average vertical skied in a week at 48,000m between our two locations. There was even a week at Ripley that saw over 60,000m skied. Those numbers, along with our smallest amount of down days ever, some great snow, fantastic weather and a real drive to get out there from our guides and guests have made for a big ski season. Lots of tired legs for sure!

Good stability means we've been able to push the terrain a little. Photo - Scott McReynolds
Good stability means we’ve been able to push the terrain a little.
Photo – Scott McReynolds

We’ve also had good stability in the snow pack this year, with very few lingering problems or weaknesses and with another month to go in the season, and our busiest April ever, we’re excited to finish things off with a bang. Spring has come a little early, but it looks like we’ve got some snow in the forecast for the coming so we should see a nice refresh in the mountains.

Big country. Photo - Matt McPhee
Big country.
Photo – Matt McPhee

March Heliskiing is always fun and that continues well into April. The days are getting longer and we’re starting to see some of those big vertical days and lots of high alpine glacier skiing. But the best part are the length of laps. This time of year it’s not uncommon to ski from the peaks around our tenure right to the valley bottoms, making for happy guests and wonderfully tired legs. Photos are all from this past month. Enjoy.

Photo - Matt McPhee
Photo – Matt McPhee
Photo - Matt McPhee
Photo – Matt McPhee
High alpine lunch. Photo - Scott McReynolds
High alpine lunch.
Photo – Scott McReynolds