If you’ve experienced powder skiing on your local ski hill, you know how addictive it can be. You may be dreaming of a heli ski trip to BC, to ride reams of deep powder all day long. But before throwing down big cash for that ultimate ski vacation, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the skill to do it.
How to Ski Powder
In this post, our heli ski experts offer some deep powder skiing tips to help you get the most of your heli skiing experience here in British Columbia, Canada.
Our Top 5 deep powder skiing tips include:
- Using fat skis
- Terrain & Speed
- Creating a Platform
- Heli Skiing Stance
- Rhythm & Movement
(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?
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
John Forrest – Northern Escape Heli Skiing Oct 13th, 2017
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
So you have made your heli ski package reservation with us here at Northern Escape Heli Skiing. Now it’s time to think about booking your flight to Terrace BC! Well, this guide will help you make your travel plans a little easier.
Guide to booking your heli ski vacation with Northern Escape Heli Skiing:
1) Which month should you choose?
We get that question often and the answer is very simple: every month is the perfect month to go heli skiing. Mother nature is unpredictable and we take what we can get but to help you understand the average kind of weather we get here, we have come up with a brief description: January tends to be the stormiest and the deepest. We’ll spend about 70% of the time in the trees and 30% in the alpine. February tends to stabilize some, the skiing and riding is still quite deep and we spend about a 50/50 split between trees and alpine. March starts to see the weather stabilize even more. The skiing is deep, but just a little more settled. We tend to spend about 70% of the time in the alpine and 30% in the trees at this time.
2) Which package and how many days should I book?
Northern Escape Heli Skiing
4732 Lazelle Ave
Terrace, BC, V8G 1T2
Northern Escape Heli Skiing
PO Box 59, Terrace, BC
V8G 4A2, Canada