As Executive Chef and Assistant Lodge Manager, I strive each season to improve our food and beverage service for guests here at Northern Escape Heli Skiing in British Columbia, Canada. For my third season with Northern Escape, I will step a bit back from “time at the stove” in order to assist in managing lodge logistics and front of house. I look forward to creating new experiences for the 2019 heli ski season, including new Après Ski cocktails!
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In our second post highlighting the 12-heli skiing zones within our 5,500 sq. km terrain in British Columbia, Canada, our Northern Escape Heli Skiing guides offer a closer look at our Catland heli skiing zone.
At NE Heli Skiing, we want you to have the best heli skiing/ heli boarding experience possible. Catland is our Cat Skiing back up area with over 50 km (31 miles) of snow roads and 7,000 acres of tree skiing. This heli ski region is the place to be when it’s snowing too hard to fly our helicopters to heli skiing elevations. Every heli skiing package we offer includes a reserved seat in one of our 3 Snowcats! Our Cat Skiing Back up area isn’t used often (we average 6.5 days of heli each week) but when it is, it’s amazing skiing and riding in the old growth forests of British Columbia.
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Northern Escape Heli Skiing in British Columbia, Canada, operates one of the industry’s largest terrains (5,500 sq. km), “Approximately 1/8th the size of Switzerland!”
Out of 12 heli skiing zones within our terrain in BC’s Skeena Mountains, the Promised Land is a favorite.
The majority of poor weather heli skiing terrain we operate exists inside the Promised Land. However, this steep tree skiing region also offers a large portion of the bread and butter alpine skiing. For our international guests, the Promised Land is the ‘go to’ heli skiing zone.
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When you come to heli ski with us here in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, Northern Escape Heli Skiing will provide you with a Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver. Safety is our number one priority and this essential piece of safety equipment is something you must carry at all times.
Approximately 90% of all buried skiers will be found alive if they are found within the first 15 minutes. The Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver is designed to do just that…it will find someone who is buried quickly and accurately.
In this post, our heli ski experts will offer a brief overview of the Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon and explain its many features, and how it can help save your life.
At Northern Escape Heli Skiing, safety has always been our number one priority. While heli skiing in British Columbia Canada, one of the most essential pieces of safety equipment we provide to all of our heli ski guests is the Avalanche Airbag Backpack.
In this NE Heli Skiing blog post we’ll take a closer look at the Snowpulse Avalanche Airbag Backpack System and outline exactly what they do…and how they can save your life.
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Heli skiing was born in British Columbia Canada. But did you know that over half of the world’s heli skiing operations are located here in British Columbia?
Since 2004, Northern Escape Heli Skiing has entertained guests from as far away as Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, and the United States.
Here are some of the Top Reasons why so many come from all over the world to heli ski in British Columbia Canada with Northern Escape Heli Skiing.
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In this post, we want to address some of the most frequently asked questions about heli skiing in British Columbia, Canada. These are the most common questions we get asked by our international guests who visit us from as far away as Norway, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, and the United States, among others.
In this blog post, Northern Escape Heli Skiing offers some interesting facts about British Columbia (BC), the third largest province in Canada in terms of size and population.
At Northern Escape, we are privileged to entertain heli skiing guests from all over the world. International guests visit us from Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States, to name a few.
Super Natural British Columbia, or “Beautiful British Columbia” as the locals like to call it, is nearly as large as Germany and France combined. In fact, at 946,000 square kilometers (365,000 sq. miles), BC is larger than all of Norway, the UK, and Italy combined!
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British Columbia (BC) Canada, where heli skiing was born, is blessed to be able to offer boutique heli skiing for nearly 5 months out of the year, from mid-December through to late April, depending on the location.
This is amazing when you consider that most heli ski locations around the world have a much shorter heli ski season – usually less than 4 months. In fact, in North America, BC has a longer heli skiing season than any location in the USA including Alaska!
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When is the best time to go heli skiing in British Columbia, Canada?
British Columbia (BC) is Canada’s western-most province. People have been heli skiing in BC for more than 50 years.
Although 75% of BC is mountainous, the warm Pacific Ocean helps to keep the weather quite moderate in the southern BC area of Vancouver. In Vancouver it rains a lot and temperatures rarely dip below freezing.
However, in the North Central region of BC, it’s a whole different story. In Terrace, just 2 hours easy access by air from Vancouver, instead of rain, it snows…a lot. The average temperature for Terrace in the months of December through to March is down around minus 5 to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 F).
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Ted Allsopp, Teddy, as we all know him, is one of Canada’s most passionate skiers and the subject of this week’s focus on our 3 part series showcasing our Northern Escape Heli Skiing partners.
Teddy is a true skier at heart. Stand in any lift line in western Canada (maybe the world) and mention his name, and you will be amazed by how many people speak out and let you know Teddy is a good friend of theirs.
In addition to his many business ventures in the restaurant and bar industry, Teddy will tell you it all started with a ski tour company out of Edmonton Alberta, The Downhill Riders.
Teddy was the co founder of Downhill Riders Ski and Travel Company, which became one of Western Canada’s largest ski tour operators for downhill skiers and snowboarders. Downhill Riders hosted over 100,000 guests over 30 years operating ski tours throughout Western Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, and South America.
His adventures as a ski tourism entrepreneur first began with Teddy convincing a busload of friends to go to Jasper to ski for the weekend. Teddy’s commissions gave him a free weekend of skiing and beer money. Being the entrepreneur he is, Teddy turned this into a much larger business with many weekends having 20 or 30 buses filled with his friends going skiing and snowboarding.
John Forrest, our NE Heli Skiing president and general manager, actually first met Teddy back in the mid 80’s on one of these ski trips and they became good friends. They eventually became business partners in Northern Escape Heli Skiing. Read more
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Based out of Terrace British Columbia, Canada, Northern Escape Heli Skiing was founded by four friends, John, Benny, Teddy and Dave. In just 15 years, they built our company into what it is now, a world-class heli skiing operation that attracts heli skiers and heli boarders from around the globe.
Anyone who has visited our operation has met John. As the President and Managing Partner of the NE Heli Skiing, John is around daily and remains active as one of the team’s leading heli ski guides.
The other three partners, Benny, Teddy, and Dave are not at the forefront as often, but they are just as active behind the scenes. For all of them, the love for skiing and adventure is ever present. What follows are some short backgrounders on who these guys are because each is rather cool in their own right. Read more
Don’t be caught floundering in the powder this heli ski season due to sore muscles; with a little pre ski season workout you can get your body ready for the mountains.
Training your body and choosing exercises to get fit for skiing is a nebulous concept at best. After all, how hard is it to prepare for heli skiing or boarding when you are just carving through deep powder and then riding a helicopter back to the top of the mountain?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that heli skiing fitness is over-rated. You’ll be using muscles that most likely, you haven’t engaged a lot during the off-season. And keep in mind; heli skiing and heli boarding are definitely high intensity sports. You can enjoy your heli skiing trip a lot more by preparing your body ahead of time. In the end, you won’t regret investing a little time and doing the right exercises to get fit for skiing…but you may regret it if you don’t! Read more
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(Editor’s Note – This original blog post from November 2014 has been updated to reflect current ski boot fitting practices.)
How tight should a ski boot fit and how important is a custom ski boot fitting?
Ski Boot Fit – Get Help
Have you ever had a ski boot fit so uncomfortable that you’re sure the only solution is amputation? Before things get that drastic you should consider asking for professional ski boot fitting advice.
When it comes to finding the right ski boot fit, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Ski Boots Should Not Be Painful
First and foremost it is important to realize that not only should your ski boots not cause you pain, but also the ski boot fit (or ill-fit) can drastically affect your skiing ability.
Too many times have we encountered skiers that are struggling needlessly to overcome poor fitting ski boots.
Ski boots too big can cause a skier to have limited control over their skis and can result in toe bang as your foot moves around in the boot.
Ski boots too small can cause cramping and lack of circulation; one of the leading causes of cold feet.
In order to help you avoid having to cut your heli skiing days short due to pain caused by ill fitting ski boots this season, our Northern Escape Heli Skiing staff caught up with 25-year veteran ski boot fitter Glen Delboscoe, who laid out a ski boot fitting guide and shared a story of an extreme reaction to sore feet. Read more
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John Forrest – Northern Escape Heli Skiing Oct 13th, 2017
Mind the Gap!
It’s amazing, I remember being a ski patrol back in the 80’s and wondering how long it would be before everyone would be wearing ski helmets. This was when some of the first recreational helmets were starting to be used on the ski hill. Now here we are, nearly four decades later and it’s now the norm to ski with a helmet. The only people you see holding out are the old bearded guys with duct-tape covering the rips in their pants and over the leaky gaps in their ski boot toe boxes.
Now-a-days ski helmets are simply accepted as part of the gear required to go skiing. A few years ago, Work Safe BC, the employee insurance plan of BC, invoked a new law (well actually, just reminded us all of the existing law we had been unaware of or ignored) that stipulated that all employees engaged in “sliding” activities would need to wear a helmet. Thus, now you’ll see us heli ski guides wearing helmets as well. Read more
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There’s been hopes, there’s been whispers, and there’s been all out rumours, but it’s official now – NOAA released its long-range forecast for this winter and La Niña is back baby!
Not only is she back, but also the NOAA winter prediction is that La Niña will be stronger than the 2017 ski season. And, for anyone who was heli skiing in British Columbia last season, you know it’s going to be EPIC! Read more
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January is my favorite time to Heli Ski! I like it deep!
Every year the trend is the same. February and March heli ski packages fill up first with powder seeking heli skiers. But, for reasons unknown to me, January only begins to fill when availability in the peak months dwindles. Maybe it’s a quiet time after Christmas break or maybe it’s because the infamous “They” suggest it’s better in high season.
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